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ROMANS CHAPTER 11

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1 I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 

 

Rom 11,1-36

(50dc) Judgment >> Last Days >> Jewish Led endtime revival >> Israel prophesied to restore the gentiles to salvation Ė Paul is proof that God has not rejected His people Israel, but what does the Church think of the Jew? Israel and Jerusalem are required to exist in order to be fulfill endtime prophecy, so yes the Church supports Israel, for if it doesnít exist as a nation and Jerusalem as the city of God, then the return of Christ cannot occur according to prophecy. America politically supports Israel to have a presence in the Middle East, but these are selfish reasons to support Israel. Does America or any nation support Israel for the sake of the Jew? No, not really! Then they are missing a blessing and accepting a curse, for the promise to Abraham was that those who bless you He will bless and those who curse you He will curse, not the nation but the people! Catholics hate Jews; the are responsible for coining the phrase "Jesus killers," who influenced Germany to persecute the Jews during World War II with Hitlerís war machine that set up concentration camps to exterminate them as the final solution. The Catholics hate the Jews because they crucified the Lord, but what they donít understand is had they not crucified Him, the gentiles could not be saved, meaning that the Church is hinged on Israelís rejection of Christ, and so instead of hating the Jews, they should be thanking them for rejecting Christ. There are many protestant believers who have a genuine concern for the Jew, but there are more who think that the Jewish people will never realize Jesus as their Messiah and be saved until moments before the actual return of Christ, but Paul is making a defense that the Jewish people will repent of their unbelief years before the return of Christ, for Paul speaks of the Jews as those who will manage the gospel and understand it better than the gentile nations, simply because the gospel of Christ belongs to them.

Rom 11,1-32

(36l) Gift of God >> Adopted >> We are adopted by the Spirit

Rom 11,1-5

(102k) Thy kingdom come >> Loyalty (Faithfulness) >> Tried and true >> Loyal

(242a) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Killing Godís prophets Ė Elijah complained to God that his enemies have killed all the prophets and that he alone was left, but God corrected him saying there were seven thousands prophets who have not bowed their knee to Baal. Who were these seven thousand prophets? God protected them, hiding some in a cave by the hand of Obadiah (1Kings 18-4). These prophets were faithful to the Lord. It is difficult to define a prophet of the Old Testament. All we really know is a handful of prophets like Elijah, Jeremiah, Isaiah and the like. What did it mean to be a prophet? It seems that anybody was considered a prophet who was actually faithful to God and sought His will for their lives, and the same is true today, according to Jn 16-13, ďWhen He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.Ē These seven thousand prophets were the remnant of Israel, which represents the 144,000 who are yet to come. Elijah pleaded with God against Israel, seeking His judgment and feeling totally alone. A remnant of Israel will remain with the Lord, and they will carry an anointing that will be greater than this world has ever seen. It says in verse six that this movement will be a sovereign act of Godís grace, meaning that God will pour out his Spirit on all flesh and especially endow His 144,000 Jewish prophets with a level of anointing stronger than He has given to anyone besides Christ Himself. They will effect a Great Endtime Revival that will incorporate hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. That is basically what Paul is saying here in this chapter; he was giving us a headís up that Israel will return to their faith in the last days, and they will see times that will be different from any other time in human history.

Rom 11-1,2

(218a) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Godís will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to rejection Ė This entire chapter is about Israel returning to their faith at the end of the age, meaning that it is a characteristic of endtime prophecy and an act of Godís grace (v6). The reason they return to their faith is that God has a job for them to do. He wants His people Israel to lead an endtime revival for the sake of the gentiles, who will be saved by the millions, ďThat My house may be filledĒ (Lk 14-23), and we know He has a big house. Many people have been saved over the course of time and there will be many people present in Heaven, but God says it isnít enough; He wants more, so He will call his people Israel to call the gentiles to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb that is scheduled to occur at the end of the age. Israel will call the developed nations of the world first, probably through television and radio and other media forms, and they will alike make excuses why they canít attend the wedding feast, being too busy living this life in the pursuit of happiness. Then God will through the Jews call third-world nations: the sick, lamb, blind, deaf and social outcasts, and they will come by the millions to this revival and God will protect them from the antichrist, who is in the process of depopulating the earth.

Rom 11-1

(148g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Natural advantage regarding the Church -- This verse goes with verses 17-27

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2-5 God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? 3 "Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE." 4 But what is the divine response to him? "I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL." 5 In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God's gracious choice.

 

Rom 11,2-5

(94g) Thy kingdom come >> Godís perspective >> His perspective on the sovereignty of God Ė Later in this chapter Paul said that the Jews will come to faith in Jesus at the end of this present age. When he says that God has preserved 7,000 men who have not bowed their knee to Baal, he was talking about what God intends to do in the last days, just as He did in the days of Elijah, who is a microcosm of endtime prophecy. Paulís definition of a prophet in this context is someone who has not bowed his knee to the antichrist. We donít even need to prophesy in order to be a prophet when the Church stops following God; all we have to do is serve Christ and we are automatically prophets, embracing the wisdom and knowledge of God after the Church has fallen away from the faith, and we can therefore speak His oracle with the smallest nugget of truth booming like thunder in the ears of imposters and liars who have rejected the faith. Israel will come to faith in the last days; he calls them a remnant, yet Israel will be saved (Rom 11-26). Revelation chapter seven says that twelve thousand from every tribe will partake of Godís gracious choice, and they will come to represent all Israel. Elijah represents the Two Witnesses that are coming, whom God will choose from the 144,000, and they will war against Satan. Elijah was very courageous and challenged the false prophets to a duel, asking God to call down fire from heaven to consume the evening offering, giving the false prophets first chance, just as God will offer Satan first move in the last days, and then God will beat him at his own game. After Elijah called down fire from heaven and destroyed the false prophets, he ran for his life, because Jezebel was coming for him, and so he ran into the wilderness, which represents what it says in Revelation that the woman fled into the wilderness (Rev 12-6), where Great Endtime Revival will take place.

(195h) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping other gods >> Worshipping other gods as a servant

Rom 11,2-4

(106k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Means of hearing from God >> Through prayer

Rom 11-2

(218k) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> We are chosen before the foundation of the world

(220c) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined according to His foreknowledge

Rom 11-3,4

(142a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> Prophesy about the dispensation >> The end times -- These verses go with verses 26-29. The context of this chapter goes all the way back to chapter nine, God has not rejected His people whom he foreknew, suggesting that God has predestined Israel to return to faith in God, also foreknowing they would reject Him, being that the cross of Christ was the predetermined plan of God. Paul is illustrating his point using the example of Elijah the prophet after he had a showdown with the false prophets of King Ahab as to whose God would answer by fire. Once the flames of God licked up the water poured in the trench surrounding the altar, Elijah had four hundred false prophets rounded up and destroyed. Then he learned that Jezebel was looking for him, which brought on his prayer that we see in verse three of this chapter, thinking he alone was left, and they were seeking his life. God had to remind him that He had reserved seven thousand men who had not bowed the knee to Baal. In a similar way there are Jewish people in the world today whom God has hidden from the likes of King Ahab and Jezebel, and if Elijah the great prophet didnít know this, then how much less do we know about those whom God has prepared and reserved for Himself in the last days. If they were seven thousand then, how many will there be in the last days? The point that Paul made was that these things are predestined to occur, for God has left nothing to chance, as it says in the book of Revelation 144,000 Jews, who represent the remnant of Godís choice of which the Old Testament speaks.

Rom 11,5-12

(58d) Paradox >> Opposites >> Gentiles seek wisdom, but the Jews have it; Jews seek righteousness, but the Gentiles have it

Rom 11-5

(92g) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> What kind of trail is this? >> Gate is small and few are those who find it

(219c) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> God has chosen us -- This verse goes with verse 7. If salvation is not a matter of manís will but of Godís gracious choice, how much more is the working of miracles an aspect of Godís choice? Whenever we come into partnership with Christ, we work with Him in the grace of God. A person can say, today I am going to be saved, and since it is the will of God that all men be saved, He is ready and willing to work with anyone who will come to Him, yet we must still remember that no one can come to Christ unless the Father draws him (Jn 6-44). The working of miracles is not the same as salvation, though it is based on the same principles, for there is an added element of unity that must be present in the body of Christ before God is willing to perform miracles through His people, with the exception of Old Testament prophets, such as Elijah who called down fire from heaven on his enemies. This made the point that in the last days there will be Two Witnesses who will call down fire on their enemies in like manner, according to God's gracious choice.

(220b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined according to the sovereignty of God Ė There was a remnant that returned from the Babylonian takeover during Nebuchadnezzarís reign (626-539 BC). Paul testified that there was also a remnant in his own time that believed in Jesus, and his point in this chapter is that there will be a remnant of Jews in the last days also who will believe in Jesus. If Israel's rejection resulted in glory for the gentiles, how much more will their acceptance be a glory to the whole world? This is in reference to a Great Endtime Revival that will occur in the last days, headed by the Jews. More people are currently living on this planet than have ever existed at one time, and therefore more souls to be won to Christ. This revival will effect a great ingathering of souls to the Kingdom of God with a quantity greater than all the souls won to Christ throughout the entire age of grace. History tells us that Christianity among nations is a process of acceptance, flourishing of people and ideas that bring glory to the world and raises them to elevated heights of power, then they become haughty and arrogant and lose their faith in God and fall away from the faith into a state of apostasy from which they cannot rise. All the developed nations of the world have gone through this process, and so they will all be exempt from the coming revival, indicating that it will occur mostly in third-world nations. At the end of the age, it will be turn for the undeveloped nations of the world to hear the gospel and believe in the Savior, only they will hear the gospel in purity of doctrine, not muddied by a lot of religious precepts of men. A great persecution will occur, which will scatter these Jewish believers throughout the world, and they will seek asylum in wilderness places within the borders of third-world countries, and there they will call a people for Godís own possession, who will come out to hear their preaching and be saved (Rev 12-6). They will inherit eternal life, and their numbers will range into the hundreds of millions, and the developed countries will be left behind, namely America and Europe, and they will suffer Godís severe judgment for sins committed throughout the age of grace.

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6-10 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. 7 What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; 8 just as it is written, "GOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR, EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT, DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY." 9 And David says, "LET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP, AND A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM. 10 "LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT, AND BEND THEIR BACKS FOREVER."

 

Rom 11-6

(31g) Gift of God >> Grace >> Salvation >> Godís mercy opposes manís theology -- This verse goes with verse 24

(205i) Salvation >> Salvation is based on Godís promises >> Faith versus works >> The faith of God versus the faith of men >> Faith is the work of God Ė This statement summarizes some of the beginning chapters of Romans, which covered the fundamental doctrines of grace better than any other book of the New Testament. He is using this statement about grace in a different context than he earlier taught it, or perhaps finally revealing its true meaning, again going back to predestination, speaking about grace in terms of his gracious choice in that He graciously chooses certain people out of the world to become His worshippers and hardens the rest. In so doing, He erases any potential for works to be involved in our salvation, just like He said about Jacob and Esau, choosing Jacob before he was even born before he had the opportunity to do anything good or bad (Rom 9,10-13).

Rom 11,7-11

(168j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> Deaf from a hardened heart Ė Rom 9-16 says, ďIt does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.Ē Predestination in relation to the will of man is like a sergeant and a general choosing the same private to do a job; the general nullifies the sergeantís choice. This corresponds with Jesusí statement, ďYou did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remainĒ (Jn 15-16). We were predestined for these things. A person can try as hard as he wants to be saved, but if he is not chosen, He cannot be saved. He can faithfully go to church and pray and ask Jesus in his heart, but if he makes it to heaven, it is only because God chose him for this purpose. In other words, being in heaven has nothing to do with his efforts in getting there. This is the concept of predestination: ďThose who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened.Ē That is, the rest obtained a hardened heart. Notice the word ďobtainedĒ is a verb, an action word, meaning they sought and found. Although we see an effort on the part of man seeking God in the action word obtained, yet Paulís point is that Godís choice nullifies manís effort, though this does not make manís effort any less required. Israel also sought but did not find Him. So, we have two people seeking; one finds God and the other does not. It says that those who sought and did not find Him were hardened. So instead of finding God they found a hardened heart. 

(169g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> God blinds their eyes Ė There are people who find fault with God, setting up an elaborate case against Him, but they would never successfully prosecute Him, because the people whom God has hardened have willingly hardened their own hearts. God has His reasons for everything He does, and many of those reasons are beyond us. We have a limited perspective, like being lost in the Amazon basin. We could fly over it in an airplane and see everything from a birdís-eye view, watching the river wander through the dense jungle, but when we are among the trees bound to the earth, our perspective is extremely limited, and we can get lost very easily without much hope of ever finding our way out of there. It is better simply to admit we are blind, lost and at fault, and then fall on the mercies of God, hoping He has chosen us out of the world to be His worshippers rather than His critics.

(241e) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Ask but donít receive because of unbelief

Rom 11,7-10

(26d) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is separation from Godís life

(249c) Priorities >> Godí s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> Do not trust the carnal perception of wealth >> The pursuit of wealth brings a curse Ė Where there is nothing to eat, the dinner table is vacant and people starve and become malnourished, creating sadness and depression, but food on the table is a place of life and joy with giving and receiving, where people come to be rejuvenated. Paul through David the psalmist is saying let the good things of God that He has given us become a snare, meaning that people tend to enjoy the blessings of life and summarily forget God. His gift of health and a long and happy life can actually work to harden a personís heart against God. We would logically think it would work the other-way-around, that blessings would open a personís heart to God. When bad things happen, people get mad and blame God, closing their hearts to Him, so when good things happen, it should have the opposite effect, but what do we see? They harden their hearts in this case too. For this reason God must choose people out of the world; otherwise nobody would serve the Lord. If good things harden a personís heart and bad things harden a personís heart, then the only people who can be saved are those whom God chooses, yet for those who do not serve God, it is nobodyís fault but their own. Verse 7 says ďthe rest are hardened,Ē meaning it is happening to them. God predisposes them to a hardened heart if they have not been chosen. God blamed pharaoh for hardening his heart in Rom 9-17,18, even though it says that God hardened his heart in Ex 4-21. Pharaoh was no less involved in hardening his own heart, and the same is true for Rom 11-7, ďThose who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened.Ē

Rom 11-7

(219c) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> God has chosen us -- This verse goes with verse 28. 

Rom 11,8-10

(142c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> Prophesy about evangelism

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11 I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.

 

Rom 11,11-16

(31h) Gift of God >> Grace >> Salvation >> The ministry of reconciliation

(203h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from God Ė Israel has not fallen away from the faith to lose all hope of salvation; rather, it has merely backslidden for thousands of years. Paul is talking about the entire nation of Israel; for them to fall away from the faith as a nation, they would no longer exist as Godís chosen people according to the flesh. To fall away from the faith is to step over a line that we cannot un-step, which brings about the loss of all hope. Paul is saying this has not happened to Israel, because it is chosen of God. He may not have chosen every son and daughter of Abraham to become a child of God, but He has chosen the nation itself as a whole, and for this reason Israel will remain His nation of choice where He will forever establish His name. Nevertheless, many millions of Jewish souls have been lost, who were not chosen for the Kingdom of Heaven, because their hearts were hardened.

Rom 11,11-14

(20m) Sin >> Disobedience >> Demonstrating unbelief in the validity of Godís word Ė Israel and those who have hardened their hearts against the gospel of Christ are in bondage to their unbelief. They are like a man in jail watching through the bars of his cell a big dinner party happening in front of him. He can see and smell the food, but he canít taste it, because they donít serve prisoners. Itís not like he has lost his appetite or refused to eat; he is not allowed to eat. So is everybody whose heart is hardened; its not that he doesnít want to believe and receive the gospel of Christ; itís that he canít, and when he sees people who are feasting on the gospel that should be theirs, it makes him very angry. The person whose heart is hardened to the things of God is like a combination lock, where we turn three tumblers to the exact numbers, causing their openings to fall in line to release the lock. This is what is happening in a personís life who is open to the gospel; there are open gates that are allowing him to proceed with his faith, whereas the one who has made poor choices in the past have led him in the wrong direction and has cemented his way and locked himself from the gospel, and has lost the capacity to believe in God. There are some who can get mad at God and later repent, but there are others whose whole life gets mad at God; itís not just a temper tantrum; itís not just an emotional flare or a moment of temptation or frustration, but his entire life becomes enraged and devoted to his distain for God, and as a result he cannot repent of his unbelief even if he wanted. The reason he canít repent is that a spirit has been assigned to him, and this spirit will not allow him to cross the chasm he traversed earlier in his life. A guard now stands posted at the door of his heart preventing him from believing in Jesus. This is the very concept of God hardening a personís heart, suggesting that it has roots in the spirit realm, only in the wrong spirit, the spirit of demons. God uses them to accomplish His work. Gal 6-7,8 says, ďDo not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.Ē

Rom 11,11-13

(145h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesusí works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Filthiness >> Deeds of the flesh -- These verses go with verses 19-21

Rom 11-11,12

(211c) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Gentiles steal the kingdom from Israel through obedience -- These verses go with verse 28

Rom 11-11

(24i) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Jews are envious of the gospel -- This verse goes with verse 14. There are some Jews who have been chosen of God whose jealousy of the gentiles has led them to faith in Jesus. Jealousy is mostly a negative thing, considered the most destructive force in the universe, for it nailed Jesus to the cross. It can also be a positive force, leading people to Christ, for if all our friends get saved, it will make us want to get saved too. However, it is far more negative than positive. For example, the gentiles have received the gospel by substitution through Israelís disobedience, and God knew the gentiles would receive it. He made all these things happen this way in order to make Israel jealous, but for two thousand years the Jews still havenít repented of their unbelief. Although many Jews have been saved throughout the millennia, Israel as a nation has yet to receive the gospel of Christ. Israel had first dibs on the gospel; they could have received it themselves. God turned to the gentiles mostly that the sacrifice of His Son would not be in vain. Instead, He went over their heads and said, ĎOkay, if you refuse to receive My offer of forgiveness and eternal life through Christ, then I will turn to the gentiles, and they will receive me.í This made them jealous well enough, but instead of their jealousy having the desired effect of leading them to Christ, it further hardened their hearts. Instead of making them jealous to want God, it drove them further from Him. Therefore, jealously does not pertain to opening a personís heart, but to hardening it.

(62f) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Being clever >> Lure in your prey

(63c) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Righteous deception >> Church deceive the world -- This verse goes with verse 14

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12-16 Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be! 13 But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

 

Rom 11-12

(210h) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Salvation is from the Jews >> The Jew first -- This verse goes with verses 15-32. If Israelís rejection of God has created the greatest blessing the world has ever known, how much greater will Israel bless the world when they finally receive Jesus Christ as their savior and serve the gentiles as leader of the Christian Church? The gentiles should be looking for the day when God calls His chosen people and removes their stony hearts to give them a heart of flesh. This will not be hinged on Israelís obedience this time, but on the predetermined plan of God, which absolutely cannot fail! The problem with the gentiles, they donít have doctrines established to believe the Jews will become this blessing one day. The only reason the gentiles support Israel is politically to have a presence in the Middle East, but more significantly the Church supports Israel only for the purpose of fulfilling Bible prophecy that requires Israel to exist in order for Christ to return. What the gentiles donít expect is the Jews themselves to be a blessing when God uses them to lead a global endtime revival, which will save more people than have been saved throughout the entire age of grace. This will come to the gentiles as quite a surprise, for to the degree that the gentiles have been inadvertently blessed as a result of Israelís disobedience, so the gentiles who currently consider themselves Christians will wax into unbelief when they see the Jews picking up the gospel of Christ and running with it in a fuller knowledge than the gentiles ever did. God will choose gentiles who currently donít believe in God to follow this Jewish-led revival. In this way, much of the religious baggage of the gentile church will be dispensed, and God will work with virgin hearts that are soft and pliable, having never been tainted by the religious institutions of men. Faith is like a large ship at sea that needs miles and hours and vast amounts of fuel to turn around and go the opposite direction. According to this analogy, the gentiles who donít expect this blessing from the Jews will not be able to turn around and repent of their unbelief quick enough to become partakers of this Great Endtime Revival. The result will be that many will fall away from the faith because they will not receive the Jewish ministry or the doctrines they bring to the world, which will become Godís provision of salvation as a means of surviving the last dayís atrocities. Instead, the gentile church is fully vested in their contrived pre-tribulation rapture theory, not to get them through the tribulation, which is Godís usual means of saving His people, but to get them out of the tribulation altogether. There will be a rapture well enough, but it wonít happen when the majority of the gentile church says it will happen. Many within the current gentile church will sadly not receive the ministry that the Jews will bring to the world, and because they will not listen to the Jewish remnant, the 144,000 as spoken in the book of Revelation, they will go their own way during the days of the antichrist when he comes to power, and they will fall into his trap and consequently lose their faith.

(249g) Priorities >> Godí s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> The infinite and eternal wealth of God >> Godís perception of wealth >> Our hope in this life -- This verse goes with verse 33

Rom 11,13-16

(210j) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Fellow heirs with Israel (Spiritual Jew) >> God welcomes the Gentiles to the promise of Israel

Rom 11-14

(24i) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Jews are envious of the gospel -- This verse goes with verse 11

(63c) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Righteous deception >> Church deceive the world -- This verse goes with verse 11

Rom 11,15-32

(210h) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Salvation is from the Jews >> The Jew first -- These verses go with verse 12. If the Jews had no enmity with God, He would not have grafted the gentiles into the Jewish faith, but because the Jews were disobedient the gentiles were grafted in their place. Nevertheless, God never stopped loving the Jew, even while they were crucifying His Son. He loves them for the sake of the fathers and for the sake of the vision He has for them, that they would create a nation from nothing who would establish a legacy of faith toward God that would never end. After all, the city of God in heaven is called the New Jerusalem, the city that Abraham sought by faith as he roamed the earth in search of the promise that God made to his descendents forever. It is this vision that God has of Israel and of the Jew that makes Him continue to love them, ďfor the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.Ē

Rom 11-15,16

(241i) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus >> Kill Jesus by the predetermined plan of God >> The apostles taught about His death Ė The root of the gentile faith in the gospel of Christ is Israel. Crucifying their own Messiah, becoming the ultimate in obedience, doing the very thing that God predestined to occur doesnít make them any less guilty of what they did, but the sacrifice itself can remove the stain of sin if they would just accept it. The fact that they have rejected the gospel of Christ is the cause of their deep and long tarried sorrow and not the crucifixion itself. Crucifying the Lord was the predetermined plan of God, and because of this the gospel stands as Godís remedy for sin. He didnít go to another nation, but went to His own people and let them perform the sacrifice, which they had been practicing since the days of Moses. Although Jesusí cross represents the deepest level of wickedness that man is willing to follow with his sinful nature, God wanted to use it to prove the full extent of their sin by crucifying the only good man that ever lived, the person that Israel had been expecting for millennia and deeply anticipated. God was not angry at Israel for crucifying Jesus, evidence of that coming soon afterward when Peter preached the gospel and two thousand Jews were saved, and then later five thousand. Crucifying Christ was for their own salvation, but they rejected Christ as their savior and Messiah. God has been more angry at Israel these last two millennia for rejecting Christ as their savior than for them crucifying Him, so the gentiles took their place as stewards of the gospel of Christ. Paul warned the gentiles telling them to be careful and do not become haughty and do not finger-point at the Jews or cop an attitude against them, because they are the root of the gospel that we believe and will remain so.

Rom 11-15

(38i) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of the righteous

Rom 11,16-24

(225i) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables >> Parables about the garden of the kingdom >> Parables about plants

Rom 11,16-22

(97j) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Standing firm in the faith >> Immovable

(98e) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> To keep from falling away

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17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, 

 

Rom 11,17-32

(96n) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about sin >> Having a rebellious attitude

(186f) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Manís role in becoming a reprobate >> The fool >> The heart of a fool Ė This is a message to all the neo-nazis out there, who think they need to eliminate the Jews, who think Hitler had the right idea. Based on the fact that they wished people dead says they donít belong to God, but when we add that they specifically want to kill the Jews, Godís chosen people according to the flesh, it confirms that fact. Then when we add the fact that they consider themselves Christian, it proves they are oblivious to the wisdom of the Scriptures, including and especially this passage. They need to get saved, though many may have a reprobate mind and incapable of salvation. Activist of just about every kind are the most difficult to reach, because they are convinced in their own minds about what they believe.

Rom 11,17-27

(148g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Natural advantage regarding the Church -- These verses go with verse 1

Rom 11,17-25

(211b) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> God gives the Gentiles Israelís place Ė The Jews were broken off for their unbelief and God grafted the gentiles in their place is only an analogy, since the cross was meant for both Jew and gentile alike. Since the Jews have rejected their Messiah and then rejected the gospel, lets just say for instance the gentiles have been given an opportunity to be saved through the disobedience of the Jews, but they were not broken off for us to replace them but for their unbelief. ďYou [,therefore,] stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fearĒ (v20). Anybody who would persecute the Jew is not standing by his faith, nor does he fear God. We can hate and persecute the Jews, or we can stand by our faith, but we canít do both. There is no such thing as a born-again neo-nazi or a Christian anti-Semite, for these are examples of an oxy-moron, emphasis added. If we side with the neo-nazis, God will not spare us. Thatís strong language. He will not let them into His heaven. It is impossible to be a child of God and hate the Jews, or any people group for that matter. If we canít be kind to the Jews and to all people, then we donít belong in heaven.

(231d) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Godís grace is the mystery of godliness >> Having favor with God is a mystery

Rom 11,17-24

(49a) Judgment >> Nations are destroyed >> Israel judged as an example for us

(58e) Paradox >> Opposites >> You do not support the root; the root supports you Ė The key words are cultivated and natural. There is the wild olive tree that represents the gentiles, and then there is the cultivated olive tree representing Israel, and the farmer is God who has been cultivating Israel ever since he called Abraham to the faith. Israel has a very long past, and the Jews are able to tap into their past to believe in God more than the gentiles, because the things we read in Scripture actually happened to their ancestors and was meant specifically for their benefit. When the Jews return to their faith, they will be fireballs for Jesus, and they will receive a very strong anointing from God. They will rule the world for a short period during the great tribulation derailing the antichrist, and they will gather the believing gentiles to themselves, considering them their children. This 144,000 Jewish remnant will be the woman of Revelation chapter 12. Paul is saying that the Jews by nature have a greater capacity to believe in Jesus, hence walk in a fuller anointing than the gentiles could ever hope, and their obedience has greater potential to be more complete than the gentiles when taking into consideration over 2000 years of anticipation for this day and hour.

(64d) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot help but judge sin

(130k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Accept one another >> Love tears down social differences in the Church Ė To say that the Jews are more evil than any other nationality is like saying men are more evil than women. We would not suppose that women are more evil than men, because we know that isnít true; some people think women are actually more righteous than men, and that isnít true either. In the Genesis account of the curse God charged them both equally with sin. He was more disappointed in Adam, because he knew better and because he had authority over his wife, but when it came to doling out the judgments, no one was more cursed than the other. So, if there is no difference between men and women regarding sin, then neither is there a difference from one ethnic group to another. Someone might say, ĎI am prejudice about certain groupsí and name off some reasons for his prejudice, but his prejudice is against the Lord who made those people groups. God commanded us all to love one another, but to be prejudice is the antithesis of love, so we have no right to condemn anybody. To hold another in contempt is for God to hold us in contempt at the judgment. We all commit sin and we all have negative feelings about other people, but we need to realize that these things are evil.

(223e) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Conceit >> Conceited toward God

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Rom 11,17-23

(184j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging Godís Grace Through The Mud >> Unwilling to honor Godís grace

(206l) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> Perish in your sin >> Perish from a lack of fruit (starvation) Ė This is probably the best passage of Scripture debunking the false doctrine of eternal security. Those who believe in eternal security have fabricated an intricate belief system using various passages of Scripture, claiming we can never lose our salvation, but this passage is adamant that we can. Their doctrines are interpretations of Scripture, whereas these verses require no interpretation at all but plainly state we have reason to fear God. The eternal security crowd bypasses these verses, wanting nothing to do with them, except to go to their books and see how their teachers have spun it in order to maintain their preconceived doctrines. Paul uses another term, ďfear God.Ē Many Christians today donít believe there is a need to fear God because He is all about love, love, love, grace, grace, grace, and of course they believe this irrespective of their behavior. They think they can live anyway they want and there is still no reason to fear God. This flies in the face of the Scriptures. Paul is talking about a bona-fide Christian who loses his salvation from a lack of fruit in his life. He was grafted into the vine, whether he ever bore fruit is questionable. He may have born fruit for a while and then quit; branches do that. Following the context, Israel is only one nation, so the branches, stems and twigs cannot represent Israel, but individual Jews; therefore, the broken branches and twigs that have been grafted into the cultivated olive tree must by extension represent individuals among the gentiles. Therefore, if God would not tolerate the insubordination of Israel, much less will He tolerate the gentiles abusing His grace. Israel as a nation was never truncated but Jews within their nation have perished and gentile believers have in fact replaced them. Paul was telling us to be careful not to be arrogant against the Jew, because ďif God did not spare the natural branches, then neither will he spare youĒ (v21). This suggests that if a person were to cop an attitude against the Jews, it could lead to falling away from the faith, for we who were grafted into the natural olive tree can just as easily be broken off and replaced as the Jew because of their unbelief. Jesus said in Jn 15-6, ďIf anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.Ē There is cause to fear God, for if they were replaced because of their unbelief, then we must stand by our faith.

(227f) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Dependence on Jesus >> Depending on Jesus to have compassion >> Depending on Jesus to receive us -- These verses go with verse 32

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Rom 11,17-22

(5n) Responsibility >> Jesusí yoke of obedience >> Our obligation to believe God Ė This is a straightforward analogy about the gentiles being grafted into the cultivated olive tree, taking Israelís place, saying that if we do not continue in his kindness, we too will be cut off, especially if we embitter our hearts against the Jews, because Israel is the root of our faith.

(19e) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Under uncontrollable circumstances

(24b) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Anxiety >> Fear of losing the fruits of your labors

(51c) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> Warning of Wrath >> God warns the Church

(88c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith produces works >> Relationship between faith and works >> Faith without works is dead Ė Some say that those who donít make it to heaven never did believe, but that is not what Paul is saying in these verses, who is not alone in saying this, but is basically reiterating the words of Christ in Jn 15-6, ďIf anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dies up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.Ē There are main branches and there are stems and smaller twigs that sprout from main branches. The act of pruning cuts off these minor branches that donít bear fruit, representing peripheral issues in a Christianís life in reference to our works, pruning us to keep us focused on Jesus. He does this to keep non-fruit bearing branches from using up the limited resources of the main branch. However, if an entire main branch quits producing fruit, He will cut that off too, not referring to the trunk, which is Christ. A main branch represents someone who once believed but no longer bears fruit. This suggests that works have a way of legitimizing our faith. Someone might say, ĎI am an main branch; God would never cut me off; He needs me.í Actually, God canít use us if we donít bear fruit. Someone else might say, ĎSince the vinedresser put so much effort into cutting off the old branch and grafting in a new one, He has invested too much into me and wouldnít just cut me off too.í That is not true; the vine dresser will continue cutting off branches that donít bear fruit and grafting in new ones, until He can get the main branches to bear fruit. I say this in reference to the Great Endtime Revival that is coming.

(167h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind does not receive the things of God >> It does not believe the word of God

(167k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> The worldís unbelief

(179j) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Unworthy servant >> Unworthy of eternal life

(180j) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against Godís narrow way >> Rebelling against the ways of God

(181h) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Imaginary perception of self >> Distorted perception of self Ė Obviously Paul was writing to Roman Christians, who would persecute the Jews. Maybe they were already saying back then that they were Jesus killers, but they failed to realize the fact that had the Jews not crucified their Lord, none of us could be saved. They were actually and inadvertently obeying the Lord when they made the holy sacrifice, which is complicated, but these are the ways of God. Neo-nazis and anti-Semites say that Jewish people are the cause of most of societyís ills, but they cannot support their claim. All they can really do is get in a huff when we confront them about their hatred and demand proof of their accusations. The Jews are not more involved in the ills of society than other nations. The Jews have played their part; the Germans have played their part; every nation has played a part in adding sin to manís legacy. Nobody is exempt, and nobody is worse than another. We have no right to judge the Jews for killing their Messiah, because they have made the holy sacrifice for the forgiveness of manís sin for every race and gender. They may have done it unwittingly, the same way that Satan had Him crucified, yet the sacrifice was made according to their will and authority. The Romans may have actually performed the sacrifice, but the Jews demanded it of them, making both Jew and gentile equally guilty of crucifying the Son of God. Romans were Italians. Nobody ever blamed the Italians for crucifying Jesus; in fact, the Roman Catholic Church situated in Italy makes the claim that it is the true Christian religion, and it was by the Italians that Jesus was brutally murdered, yet the Roman Catholic Church to this day has a low estimation of Jews because they played a part in killing the Son of God. Manís hypocrisy knows no bounds.

(202j) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running from walking in faith >> Running from God through unbelief Ė Skinheads and neo-nazis and anti-Semites and everybody who condemns the Jews for being Jesus killers are completely ignorant of verse 18, ďDo not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.Ē Paul used the word ďarrogantĒ twice. Arrogance is the root problem of prejudice. When we look at Skinheads, neo-nazis, anti-Semites, the trait they all have in common is arrogance. We could say they are a group too and that we are being prejudice against them, but Paul said it first, and we are simply agreeing with Paul. Is there an occasion to be prejudice? The only person who has the right to judge anybody are those who love the Lord with a love incorruptible (Eph 6-24), for they are the ones who understand that they have no business judging anybody. As it is, though, the world does all the judging, and those faithful in Jesus do not. Jesus said, ďDo not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgmentĒ (Jn 7-24). Everyone thinks they have wisdom from God, but their fruit tells the real story.

(217f) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Godís will over man >> God gives up on you >> After you refuse to comply

(222b) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God does not entrust his treasures to dogs >> God retrieves his treasures when sheep revert to dogs

(230g) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of Godís judgment

Rom 11-17,18

(229j) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of Jesus >> Partaking of Jesusí gift

Rom 11-17

(32a) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Grace >> Godís grace seeks man -- This verse goes with verse 22

(237l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transformed from death to life -- This verse goes with verse 24

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18-24 do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." 20 Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; 21 for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. 22 Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

 

Rom 11-18

(94j) Thy kingdom come >> Godís perspective >> His perspective on what the premise is

Rom 11,19-22

(88h) Thy kingdom come >> Fear the judgment of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Fear the sovereign hand of God on your life

Rom 11,19-21

(21a) Sin >> Disobedience >> Demonstrating unbelief in the character of God -- These verses go with verses 30-32. ďThey were broken off for their unbelief.Ē We could look up the word unbelief in a Bible dictionary, and what do you think we would find? It might help a little, but unbelief means unbelief. However, there are subtle nuances, implications and connotations embedded in the context of what Paul is saying that a Bible dictionary just doesnít address. First of all, the Bible teaches primarily in the book of Hebrews that unbelief originates from a spirit; there are demonic spirits that attach to a person and produce the fruit of unbelief. In other words, the biblical meaning of the word unbelief doesnít mean not-believe, because a person who is a victim of a spirit of unbelief actually believes a lot of things, just nothing true or biblically sound. These demonic spirits cannot attach themselves to just anyone unless they have permission from the host that he grants through disobedience. Once the Christian develops a lifestyle of disobedience, a spirit of unbelief can rob him of his faith. So in this way, disobedience and unbelief are the same thing, in that they both produce each other in a cascading snowball effect that can very quickly get away from a believer, and before he knows it his faith is dried up to the point that he doesnít even remember how he once believed.

(145h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesusí works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Filthiness >> Deeds of the flesh -- These verses go with verses 11-13

Rom 11-22

(32a) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Grace >> Godís grace seeks man -- This verse goes with verse 17

(100c) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance >> Persevere in abiding in Christ

(219h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God chooses us as we choose ourselves >> God chooses us through our faithfulness

Rom 11,23-29

(142a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> Prophesy about the dispensation >> The end times -- These verses go with verses 3&4. Gentiles also received authority from God to perform signs and wonders, but the gentile church was never faithful enough to appeal to God for His hand. Moreover, God was not inaugurating a new age through them as He did through the apostles in the first century and as He will in the last days, initiating the second coming of Christ through the Jewish nation yet again. Signs and wonders are always present during age transitions, not during the revivals of men. Nevertheless, God has performed many thousands of miracles for the gentiles throughout the age of grace for those who loved Him, but a time is coming when signs and wonders will become commonplace. Everyone will come to know these Jewish witnesses who have healing in their hands, and God will empower them with the ability to perform signs and wonders to invite Jesus Christ back to the earth, ushering in the Millennium. About the Two Witnesses, whatever they say, God will do through them, because they are natural olive branches grafted into their own olive tree. Christianity is a perfect fit for the Jews, whereas the wild branches of the gentiles must change their whole perspective to become like the Jews, because Christianity had no place in our lives until we first believed, but with the Jews, their entire heritage is all about God, having used them since the days of Moses as a minister of His glory and power.

Rom 11,23-27

(210ia) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Salvation is from the Jews >> Jews are believers >> Gentile Christians have a Jewish religion Ė The natural branches come from the olive tree, but whatever plant the gentiles represent were not fruit-bearing trees. To the Jews belong the promises, the adoption as sons, the glory of the covenants, the giving of the Law, the temple service and the promises (Rom 9-4). They are natural branches, yet because of their disobedience they must be grafted into their own olive tree, and this will happen at the end of the age. The point is that they are natural branches, whereas the gentiles are wild branches, foreign to the "rich root of the olive tree," yet God is able to graft the gentiles to bear fruit. The need to be adopted comes from Adamís sin, whereas the need to be grafted comes from being personally estranged from God. If we possess the life of God, being a wild branch grafted into the natural olive tree, how much more will the natural branches bear fruit when grafted into their own olive tree? Paul is making a distinction between the Jews and the gentiles in the last days, saying that the gentiles have been given authority to bear fruit as wild branches of the olive tree, but the branches that will be grafted in the last days who are Jewish by nature will bear fruit in ways that the gentiles never thought possible.

Rom 11-24,25

(221g) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from the mind of man >> He denies His kingdom to manís stubborn will

Rom 11-24

(31g) Gift of God >> Grace >> Salvation >> Godís mercy opposes manís theology -- This verse goes with verses 30-32

(237l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transformed from death to life -- This verse goes with verse 17

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25-28 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery -so that you will not be wise in your own estimation -that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB." 27 "THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS." 28 From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God's choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; 

 

Rom 11-25,26

(214g) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Godís timing >> Dispensation of Godís revelations >> Dispensation of the last days of time Ė The words ďchoiceĒ and ďchosenĒ pertain to God changing circumstances to make events unfold as He would have them, marking the difference between mere foreknowledge and predestination. That is, not only does God know Israel will repent one day of its disobedience and unbelief, He will actually cause them to repent. Note the conflict this generates between the will of man and the will of God, yet God remains confident in future events, that man will follow His plan, though the Jews have had a shaded past in regard to doing the will of God. All these things will happen in Godís time; in fact all aspects of Godís foreknowledge and predestination are based on time. If you will, also notice that the book of Revelation uses language that depicts a certain time in which events must occur, indicating that endtime events donít just happen; they are predestined! There is a time for everything as Solomon so eloquently said in Ecc 3,1-10, only he was speaking in terms of human understanding, whereas predestination is a divine understanding of time, who says that there is a time prepared for everything.

Rom 11-25

(22k) Sin >> Pride glorifies self >> Being wise in your own eyes Ė The most important thing to the arrogant is being right; these will be swept away by their own ignorance, just as Israel was swept away by the Babylonians. These are untrustworthy stewards, not those who are wrong but those who refuse to admit they were wrong. Readjusting our theology is not bad, but readjusting our perceptions of the circumstances to fit our theology is just plain evil! There are many like this who consider themselves managers of Godís kingdom today. This caliber of steward has been espousing for generations their version of endtime events, and when these events prove them wrong, it would be an exercise in humility to admit their mistakes. Whenever we have an opportunity to humble ourselves, it always ends in our favor, but the person who hardens his heart, these are the unrighteous stewards of the mysteries of God.

Rom 11-28

(58e) Paradox >> Opposites >> Jews are enemies of God for the Gentiles sake, but are beloved for the sake of the fathers Ė The Jews are enemies of the gospel for our sake, and for that reason God has extended His salvation to us. This implies that if things were different, He might not have extended His grace toward the gentiles. Letís just hypothesize for a minute that the Jews received their Messiah; how would that have changed the circumstances and history? Had Israel crucified their own Messiah and then repented and received Him, He would have called the gentiles to salvation through them, and they would have accomplished what is prophesied to happen in the last days. Instead, there was a 2000-year digression because of Israelís disobedience, meaning that if Israel had received their Messiah, Jesus probably would have returned much sooner. All the apostles were expecting Jesus to come in their lifetime. This is how the Bible reads. Godís plan has always been that His Jewish race should lead the world in things pertaining to God, and at the end of the age they would lead the gentiles to salvation. Whatever happens at the end of the age is what God intended from the very beginning, and in the last days God will get His way. Faithfulness will be our ticket to heaven, and unfaithfulness will be our downfall. God will not monkey with man in the last days like He has these thousands of years, allowing man to do whatever he wanted. In the last days He will expect people to obey Him, and if they donít, they will be removed.

(151ba) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> Abraham >> Faith of Abraham Ė God loves Israel for the sake of His promises to the fathers, particularly to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, not for the sake of anything Israel did. He promised the fathers that He would love their offspring, since that was His plan from the beginning. He promised that Abrahamís offspring would become many nations. When we look at Isaac, he only had two sons: Jacob and Esau, and all of Jacobís children are Israel but Esauís children became the Edomites of modern-day Jordan. However, Abraham had a son before Isaac through Hagar, Sarahís maid, named Ishmael who became the Arabians of the Middle East, who are currently at war with the world, and especially with Israel, being rejected as the fulfillment of promise made to Abraham for a son.

(211c) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Gentiles steal the kingdom from Israel through obedience -- This verse goes with verses 11&12

(219c) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> God has chosen us -- This verse goes with verse 5

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29-32 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. 32 For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all. 

 

Rom 11-29

(35ja) Gift >> God gives Himself to us >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> Spiritual gifts >> Possessing gifts from God

(91j) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> Godís calling transcends the will of man >> It is etched into our spirit Ė This verse is referring to the entire nation of Israel and not so much the individual. It is a verse that Eternal Security advocates use to bolster their popular doctrine. However, since it is in context with a chapter that is most incriminating against Eternal Security, it suggests that we should take a closer look at this verse. Some say that a person cannot lose his salvation because ďthe gifts and calling of God are irrevocable,Ē but Paul is talking about Israel, going all the way back to Abraham and the promises that He made to his nation, these things are irrevocable. God did not revoke Israel from being His chosen nation, but if you will look at their spiritual condition that has continued for the last 2000 years, their faith is in ruins. The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable well enough, but that doesnít mean those gifts and that calling cannot turn into a sewer for every unclean thing to flow into it. This does not make Godís choice any different, though individuals within Israel may never see the Kingdom of Heaven.

Rom 11,30-32

(21a) Sin >> Disobedience >> Demonstrating unbelief in the character of God -- These verses go with verses 19-21. It is inspiring for people to develop a bona fide relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit and live for Him so we can look at each person and see a logical procession of events that have taken place to conclude that we are indeed being led by the Spirit. However, when we look at ďbelieversĒ who call themselves Christians today, all we see is a lot of worldliness. Had the gentiles obeyed the Lord as they were called, the Jews may have come to their faith sooner, but as it is, the Jews will return to the faith in the last days, and it wonít be because of the gentiles; rather, it will be from Godís grace and sovereign will to move them into faith and obedience to Himself. It will be a sovereign, reverent work of God when the Jews return to their faith in the last days, and we will see things happen before our eyes that the world has never seen. Christ will reveal the glory of the Father just before the kingdoms of men come to a close as God ushers in His Sonís thousand-year reign.

(31g) Gift of God >> Grace >> Salvation >> Godís mercy opposes manís theology -- These verses go with verse 6

Rom 11-30,31

(58e) Paradox >> Opposites >> We have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, now they will be shown mercy because of us Ė The scenario of this passage indicates that some Messianic Jews will help restore the Church, and as the Church is restored, Israel will take notice and be restored to faith too. Because of disobedience in Israel, God has shown the gentiles mercy, but He has done this for a reason, that Israel might come to their faith through us. God wanted the gentile church to obey Him in order that Israel might look upon us and see our faith in their Messiah and join us, in order that we might join them. However, over the age of grace the gentilesí disobedience has rivaled Israelís, so that when the Jews look upon the Gentile Church for guidance, all they see is a lot of mindless religion and hostility against them, particularly with the Catholic Church. How are the Jews supposed to look to the Gentiles and be inspired to believe in Jesus if we are not living the faith ourselves? Judaism is one religion, Catholicism is another, the Methodist, the Lutherans, and the list continues indefinitely with nobody particularly inspired to believe in Jesus through any of them.

Rom 11,32-36

(16d) Sin >> Manís nature is instinctively evil >> Disobedient to the will of God

Rom 11-32

(127a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Kindness >> Be kind like God >> Practice the kindness of God Ė Kindness is one of the fruits of the Spirit. We are to be kind to Godís people and to everyone. If you will practice the fruits of the Spirit, ďThe entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to youĒ (2Pet 1-11). When it is our turn to exit our body and this world and enter into eternity, there will be a place for us in heaven, because we have practiced the fruits of the Spirit: ďlove, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-controlĒ (Gal 5-22,23). Someone might say, ĎWait a minute, I thought we were saved by grace through faith?í quite right, but the Bible frequently groups faith and love together, and as John said, ďGod is loveĒ (1Jn 4-8). Moreover, according to the genesis account of creation, God spoke the stars into existence through faith. The Bible teaches that faith and love are interchangeable, so yes, we are saved by grace through faith, that is saved by grace through love, saved by grace through practicing the fruits of the Spirit. This rubs people the wrong way because they just want to believe certain doctrines about God and trust they are going to heaven because of them. There are some verses that seem to say this, but the entirety of Scripture does not. Therefore, we must go back to the passages that seem to allude to this kind of ethereal mental ascent and take a more critical look at such passages as Eph 2-8,9 and Rom 10-9, what is meant by, ďIf you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.Ē If we truly believe that God is good, than our works will surely show it.

(227f) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Dependence on Jesus >> Depending on Jesus to have compassion >> Depending on Jesus to receive us -- This verse goes with verses 17-23

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33-36 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? 35 Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

 

Rom 11,33-36

(89g) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Wisdom is the key that unlocks the mysteries of God Ė In the Lord Ďs Prayer Mat 6-10 epitomizes the gospel of Christ better than any other verse in the Bible, ďYour kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven,Ē but to try to understand God Himself we would use this passage. He wants us to emulate the life to come in a body that is desperately wicked and in a world that is torn with sin. This passage refers to the fact that God possesses all things, and in that ownership it speaks of His wisdom that nobody can overturn. Anybody who would question His wisdom, God would answer him with His judgment that is equally unsearchable. Once God passes judgment on those who would challenge His wisdom, they will compare their actions to their consequences and still come far short of understanding God. For example, in Rev 22-20 God says, ďI am coming quickly;Ē that was 2000 years ago. Likewise, for those who would challenge His wisdom He sends to a hell that befits their actions, and they find it infinitely more severe than they expected, because these are the ways of God. He is very big and everything He does is big, and His rewards that He proposes for His children are equally beyond imagination in scope.

(138f) Exhortation (Key verse) -- Language intended to incite and encourage -- Merriam Websterís Dictionary

(138g) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Exhortation >> Glorifying God in your exhortation Ė Throughout eternity God will make decisions and do things in ways we would have never considered. After a hundred billion years God will continue to astound us. Imagine if man were in control how far we would have drifted from the will of God and from the best way to govern ourselves. Even in heaven, without God our empires would topple and eternity would continue without us. The decrees that God will make will seem inferior at the time, but He will lead man in a direction that will endure forever. We will see an easier way, but He has the big picture and knows whatís best for all.

(212a) Sovereignty Of God ó Key verse for the entire chapter Ė The Bible speaks extensively about performing our duties as His responsible children, yet our destiny is not in our own hands, but in the hand of God. Man has no power over God to alter His works, to frustrate His plans or to deny His word. Moreover, we can trust Him for our souls when the uncertainties of life attack the frailty of our flesh or even when our emotions overpower our will to obey Him. This chapter shows how God is in complete control of everything even when it does not seem like it. This knowledge is often a great comfort, especially during tumultuous times when we need assurance that an infinite and loving God is watching over us.

(213a) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> God knows everything about everything Ė Who can read Godís mind? Paul said that we have the mind of Christ (1Cor 2-16), but that is not the same as reading Godís mind. If we had to guess what God would do next, we would have a zero percent success rate, but when God reveals His mind to us, we can make statements that are true that nobody else is saying, and time will prove us right. We should not expect to be congratulated, though, because often there is so much time that elapses that those who spoke the word of God have already died. These are the ways of God; large amounts of time often accompany the fulfillment of His word. God doesnít do that on purpose; He is an eternal being and time means nothing to Him. He tries to hurry-up, but when a thousand years gets past Him or two thousand years, it is like only a couple days.

(213c) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all powerful >> The creation is subject to Christ  Ė There had to be a time when nothing existed except God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and how long was there nothing? By definition it was an eternity before He created the first thing; not even space existed. God lived alone in solitary confinement forever, and then He began to create things. Of course, we donít understand this, but we know it must be true, otherwise how could God have immediately created something if He always existed? His creation cannot be eternal, for everything that ends must have had a beginning, this present creation is slated for destruction... and rebirth. If He didnít create something in the first segment of eternity, how long was that segment? It was an eternity, for every segment of eternity is eternal, just like every segment of a tootsie-roll is a tootsie-roll. God spent an eternity alone, where there were no walls, ceiling and floor to contain Him, no stimulation of any kind, in pitch-black darkness. When God sends man to a place like this, He calls it hell. God already experienced hell for an eternity. It is unlikely that experiencing all the sins of mankind was any worse than eternal solitary confinement. His experience of hell was like heaven, since the definition of heaven is the presence of God. He has gone though hell and back and it didnít even bother Him. This is the God we serve! Man will experience hell as hell, because they are unstable in their minds. They are evil sinners, and they will sit in the darkness and think about all the things they have done, and their sins will eat them alive.

(214a) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> Jesus owns you >> God owns everything Ė God owns everything, and He makes sure that all glory and honor returns to Him, like rain that waters the fields, and then fills the streams that fill the rivers that return to the ocean from whence it came. When the activities begin that God planned for us is anybodyís guess. God could begin those activities billions of years from now. Whenever these activities commence and God begins to unfold His plan, He will create a new heavens and a new earth, and He will create a new Adam and Eve, and He will place them on his new creation and command them to be fruitful and multiply, and over the course of eternity their numbers will increase to infinity, and we will be in charge of them. We will start as mayors of cities, them graduate to presidents of countries, then become rulers of planets, then emperors of galaxies, etc. We will be stewards of Godís kingdom, and those whom we govern will think very highly of us, and we will in turn will give glory to God, for no one will keep the glory to himself, but will forward it to God.

(216b) Godís Will Over Man (Key verse)

(217b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Godís will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> No one can tell God what to do Ė If we donít understand hell, which no one does, we should continue believing in God even though we have questions. We personally would not condemn a person to eternal punishment in the lake of fire, but we understand that God will, because of His holiness. We donít know the full extent of His holiness; otherwise, we would understand hell. We may never understand the sentence of hell or the full extent of His holiness until the last day of eternity. We may not like the truth of hell that awaits Godís enemies, but we trust His judgments though they are foreign to us. The question of whether it is right or wrong is irrelevant; the question is whether God can orchestrate and control His Kingdom that will never end and will never stop growing, ultimately filling an infinite universe. A God who can do that is someone we simply do not understand, since we are unable to manage a city of eight million people without screwing up everything, much less a planet. Our world is falling apart as we speak, simply because we donít understand justice and mercy, nor do we have the wisdom and knowledge of God.

(218b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Godís will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to rebellion Ė Witnessing all the carnage in this life and doing nothing about it would seem out of Godís character in view of His role as judge of all creation. He is allowing people to do what they wish to prove what is in them. He is also doing what He promised, that man should possess this earth and do with it as he pleases. To the degree that God does nothing in the face of war and genocide and mistreatment of their fellow man, no matter how evil, God does not lift a finger. This is the degree of severity that God intends to judge the wicked at the proper time. If He had seen enough and stepped-in and stopped this human charade, that would inadvertently define His tolerance level, which would double as a ceiling for His judgment, but because God tolerates mankind and the unspeakable horror that he perpetrates against his fellow man and against the earth itself, this indicates the severity of judgment when the White Throne Judgment comes to order. We should pity our worst enemy who is destined to stand before the judge of all creation on that day, because there will be no mercy at all. This should open our eyes to the level of mercy and grace that we have received through Christ by faith in Him.

(252h) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship God for who He is >> Worship God for being God Ė No one will be able to boast in themselves in heaven. Only by the mercies of God is anyone's name written in the Lamb's Book of Life. In the midst of our disobedience God has called and chosen His children to believe in Him for eternal life. This is the gift of God; none of us are worthy of it. This is the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God that He should choose a family of sinners who must rely on Him to become His children. God doesnít want anyone in His heaven who thinks he belongs there in his own right. He wants people in His heaven who are humble and have no will to base a rebellion. God had to humble His creation of humanity before He could receive them. Who would accuse God of evil? Man is not in a position to understand God or to pass judgment against Him. Who has first given to God that He might pay it back? God is the source of all things! The crux of manís sinful nature is summarized in the word poverty. Man is impoverished from inside-out, being born into this world with nothing, he leaves in like manner, and during the short time of his stay he still has nothing. To have cars and houses and whatever possessions we may accumulate does not mean we possess them. We Christians possess eternal life by the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts as our only true possession. This means those who do not have the indwelling Holy Spirit live in utter poverty, regardless of their money and possessions. The only thing that God does not own is our hearts, making it our only offering to Him. Itís what we were born with and will be our only possession we will be able to take with us when we die. We worship God that all things exist through Him.

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Rom 11-33

(41a) Judgment >> God glorifies Himself by being the judge of all

(249g) Priorities >> Godí s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> The infinite and eternal wealth of God >> Godís perception of wealth >> Our hope in this life -- This verse goes with verse 12

Rom 11,34-36

(23e) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Poor are those who are rich in their own minds

Rom 11-34,35

(141i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> Old Testament is for our instruction >> Teaching from the Old Testament Ė Counseling someone apart from God's word is like throwing someone a lifebuoy without a rope; what good is that? He now has a floatation device, but no way to retrieve him. He is still in distress bouncing on the sea waves.

Rom 11-36

(212b) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> God created all things through Christ Ė All we need do is look into the depths of hell and see all the worms squirming in their filth and know that we could have been one of them if it werenít for the grace and mercy of God. When God glorified His Son, it is for the Father's own glory and honor, and it is the same when He endows His people with authority, He retains it through us, glorifying Him all the more. He disseminates His glory to us that we might communicate His glory to every nook and cranny of His creation, but when His glory stops in a person it is idolatry, like a river that runs dry. The one who seeks glory for himself will find judgment, but the one who seeks to glorify God will find humility, and so neither one finds glory for Himself; rather, it is God who glorifies us. We cannot glorify God without first being glorified by Him, any more than we can have authority without receiving it. The person in authority is in a position to execute judgment, and that judgment when executed according to the will of God brings glory to God.

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