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Summary: God continues to use those who seek Him, to accomplish His work - which is to bring His entire creation back to Him. Will we be part of the remnant which does this?

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Romans, Part 34

Romans 11:1-10

Introduction

- We are each called to respond … to minister … to witness … to deliver

- It is the output of Grace: we take grace in; and out comes its testimony

- Last week we examined Paul’s declaration to the Jews of God’s eternal love

- Even in disobedience, or arrogance, God still extends His hand to us

-- His hand … is extended to ALL that would hear and respond to the Gospel

- Tonight, we examine the final encouragement meant for the Jews

- It is important that we not only see the encouragement to the Jews in Rome

-- But, that we see our role in being part of the existing remnant

- Stand and read Romans 11:1-10 / Pray

Point 1 – The Remnant (1-6)

- Consider his testimony: Paul is a Jew who was brought into right relationship

- Paul was an Israelite; and so rejection of Israel was (at best) partial, not total

- Paul is a member of the tribe of Benjamin

-- According to the Book of Judges, the entire tribe of Benjamin, women and children included, was almost wiped out by the other Israelite tribes after the Battle of Gibeah.

-- The remnant of the tribe was spared and allowed to marry women of another town, whose husbands had been killed, to enable the tribe to continue.

-- APP: God’s provision allowed this tribe to continue; Paul’s lineage

- Many prophets I’m sure asked God if they were being heard or effective

- Elijah asked God if he was going to die next; and God provides reinforcements

- APP: There are more in line to continue the mission of spreading the Gospel

-- Noah’s family were considered righteous; and they were saved from a flood

- Grace is the critical application (discussing it for weeks now)

- Have to understand that grace is God’s work; and not something of ours

- Because of what Jesus has done on the cross; the work is already finished

- Paul ends encouraging the Gentiles … and now he encourages the Jews

- There is nothing that God hasn’t given us and them to finish the race

-- This is why in 2 Tim 4:7 he can write, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

-- It is critical that we understand this as believers today; through faith we have life

-- 1 John 5:5, “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

- Because of His faith we (just like Paul), can succeed in this life

- TRANS:

Point 2 – How God uses those who seek Him (7-10)

- V7 is very critical … seeking God through our own pride is not the way

-- Those in Israel who thought they had found God were actually lost

-- And those who weren’t looking were those who God found and used

-- APP: Romans 10:20 … those who not looking are found and used by Him

- V8: God blinds those so that they cannot fully comprehend

-- Deut. 29:4 “But to this day the LORD has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.”

-- Isaiah 29:10, “The LORD has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets); he has covered your heads (the seers).”


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