Today’s reading is: Rom. 9-11
Romans Chapter Nine
- In chapters 9-11 Paul laments the Jewish people who do not have this new life.
- Paul would trade his eternal salvation for the Jews salvation, if he could (Rom. 9:1-5).
- Israel’s failure is not God’s failure (Rom. 9:6), but the ultimate victory awaits the eschatological theocratic kingdom when all Israel shall be saved (Rom. 11:26).
- Paul’s history of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob instructs us that salvation is through faith (Isaac) & by grace (Jacob) (Rom. 9:6-13).
- Old Testament revelation instructs us that salvation is by God’s Sovereign choice (Rom. 9:14-29), offered both to Jews & Gentiles (Rom. 9:30-33).
Romans Chapter Ten
- Paul laments that the Jews were pursuing righteousness on the basis of works rather than faith (Rom. 10:1-4).
- Salvation can only come about through faith (Rom. 10:5-13), and preaching that gospel message is the greatest of blessings (Rom. 10:14-15).
- As a nation, Israel failed to accept the Gospel by faith (Rom. 10:16-21).
Romans Chapter Eleven
- Although Israel rejected the Lord, He certainly did not reject them (Rom. 11:1-6).
- The present stewardship is marked by a partial hardening of Israel, and the ministry of grace to the Gentiles (Rom. 11:7-36).
- Israel’s First Advent rejection of Christ created a world-reconciliation benefit (via the Church), but Israel’s Second Advent acceptance of Christ will create an even greater benefit: a world-reconciliation & resurrection benefit (Rom. 11:15).
- The broken off and grafted in branches teach a critical principle. Branches are only alive when they partake of the root’s fatness (Rom. 11:17-24).
- Israel’s present national hardening is partial and temporary (Rom. 11:25).