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Summary: Paul's continued encouragement to the Jews in the church in Rome also serves as a reminder to the Gentile of who we are; and that our in-grafting is for the glory of God ... not for us to swell with pride.

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Romans, Part 35

Romans 11:11-24

Introduction

- 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

- Paul discussed that 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

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

- To us, we can see this as even those who hear the Good News may reject it

- But why would God hide Himself from His creation?

- Look at this critical verse of what God enjoys: Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”

- APP: When we spend time searching out God, we are doing the work of Kings

- DEEPER: What is God’s work? To bring His creation back to Him – to bring back to him a creation that DESIRES to be closer and WANTS to know Him

- This evening we must grasp this section; for our entire salvation is based on it

- Stand and read Romans 11:11-24 / Pray

Point 1 – Unbelieving Jews are not beyond Converting (11-16)

- Paul writes to us as a matter of fact in these verses, while still addressing the Jews

- V11: “because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious”

- It is critical that we understand his angle, and his words used here …

-- Because of our sin; because of whom we are; we are being saved because of it

-- This is done to show us just how much God loves His entire creation

-- It is what shows the Jewish nation that in God’s eyes; we are ONE race/creation

- V12: “But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!”

- First, the angle he is coming at for the Jews is one of assurance

-- He is taking the time to build them up, to comfort them in our in-grafting

- Second, he is deliberately reminding us (Gentiles) of who we are

-- This is vital to grasp … our whole understanding of God relies on this

- BIG APP: The Gentiles must realize that they are saved due to the Jews.

- Paul identified himself as the apostle to the Gentiles; the one sent to tell us

- He takes pride in his ministry to us, but do you see the critical reason?

- V14: “in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them”

- Paul’s heart and desire is always to save those who need it; the Jews

- The same is consistent when Jesus taught – he was teaching for the Jews

- Go to Matthew 15:21-28

- Jesus taught that he was there for only the Jews; and God used this woman to speak to the entire crowd to show the whole picture of Jesus’ ministry

- It is through a matter of faith that this woman believed; which is how we believe

- V16: “If the part of the dough offered as first-fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.”


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