Study Notes: Romans 11

God keeps his promises. He is responsible & honourable and goes to great lengths to keep his word.

The opening verses of Romans Chapter 11 explain that even when the Israelites (the custodians of God’s original covenant with mankind and the keepers of the Law) became unfaithful, he found a way to preserve them so he could keep his word to them. No matter where we look – whether in the Old Testament or New, we cannot escape the grace of God.

“But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless].” Romans 11:6 AMP

In speaking about grace, Paul talks about the humility Gentiles should have, having been given access to the original covenant between God and the Israelites. This is the same humility Christians should have today when we think about those who do not yet have relationships with God. We have been saved by Grace. We dare not look down on them.

“But if some of the branches were broken off, while you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among them to share the richness [of the root and sap] of the olive tree, do not boast over the branches and pride yourself at their expense. If you do boast and feel superior, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root [that supports] you.” Romans 11:17-18 AMP

Every Christian generation tends to believe it knows better than the previous one. Yes, God gives a deeper revelation of himself to each successive generation. He does so to enrich the body of Christ and to expand the Kingdom, so new people can come in. But we cannot be proud or look down on anyone. Christianity is never about us. It’s about the expansionist vision of God; his desire to reconcile mankind to himself. It is not God’s intention to leave anyone behind.

“Lest you be self-opinionated (wise in your own conceits), I do not want you to miss this hidden truth and mystery, brethren: a hardening (insensibility) has [temporarily] befallen a part of Israel [to last] until the full number of the ingathering of the Gentiles has come in…” Romans 11:25 AMP

“So they also now are being disobedient [when you are receiving mercy], that they in turn may one day, through the mercy you are enjoying, also receive mercy [that they may share the mercy which has been shown to you—through you as messengers of the Gospel to them].” Romans 11:31 AMP

God’s strategies and plans are not ours. We do not initiate them. Our job as Christians is to execute in humility and responsiveness. We are not to invent plans on his behalf and then look to God to endorse those plans. Ultimately, everything is about God and leads back to him.

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it).” Romans 11:36 AMP

PS: If you would like to know God, simply say a short prayer now asking Jesus to walk with you and acknowledging him as your Saviour. Then, begin to read the Bible for yourself to become acquainted with God’s thoughts. My Study Notes on my website may help. Email me if you have questions.

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