Romans 11:15 Israel Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Romans 11:15 (KJV)
For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

I was recently asked to explain where the nation of Israel is in God’s plan today, and to describe what is that nation of Israel. This is my understanding of God’s Word on the subject:

God made promises to the nation of Israel that are unconditional and will be fulfilled in the Millennial Kingdom.
However passages such as 1 Corinthians 10 and Hebrews 2 point out that not all who are born Jews are of Israel. Individual Jews who had not bought into God’s plan for Israel were not included in God’s promise for Israel.

God has set aside Israel in this era to focus on Christ’s church
The word our text uses is cast away. While I am convinced Christians should support Israel, it is not because that’s where God’s heart is today. Individual Jews can enter into God’s plan and heart in this hour just as anyone else can, by calling on Christ for salvation and uniting with a New Testament Baptist Church. Having done so their Jewish heritage becomes as insignificant as is my American Indian heritage; it is interesting but it has no spiritual meaning. My heritage, as is true of every Christian, is in Christ alone.

God will once again point His focus on Israel as a nation during the Tribulation.
This is also known in the Bible as Daniel’s seventieth week. By the end of those seven years the nation of Israel will have turned to Christ and will be prepared to receive God’s promise to Abraham, Jacob and David. This does not mean, however, that everyone born to a Jewish family in the Tribulation will be partaker of the promise but only those who have identified with the direction Israel is moving toward Christ. Individual Jews in rebellion will be dealt with just as any of those Gentiles who are in rebellion to Christ.

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Romans 16:2 May Her Tribe Increase

Romans 16:2 (KJV)
That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

The word succour means, “to assist or aid someone in times of hardship”. The example given in the dictionary I used was such as a prisoner of war. It’s a fitting example given that Paul was exactly that.

What a testimony and reputation belongs to Phebe. Imagine the saints in her day suffering hardships for their faith.

  • Some had lost everything
  • Some had been in prison
  • Some had become estranged from family

There was nowhere really they could go and find peace.

  • The Jews hated them because they divided from the Synagogue
  • The pagans hated them because they turned people away from their idols
  • The Romans hated them because they viewed them as troublemakers and insurrectionists

Besides, their faith would not allow them to be quiet about it. Everywhere they went they told everyone they could about salvation through Jesus Christ.

Enter Phebe. She is one of them. Equally hated. Equally suffering. But Phebe has this testimony; “she hath been a succourer of many “. No doubt she has needed aid and assistance but that is not what she is known for. Her testimony is that she comes to the aid of those in need.

May God grant it that her tribe increases.

 

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Romans 15:1 Win-Win

Romans 15:1 (KJV)
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Paul begins the concept delivered in this passage by assuming that all of his audience would assume they were the strong. It occurs to me that this is a win-win position. There is really never a need to define who is the strong and who is the weak. If we all assumed that we are strong and that everyone else is weak then we ought to treat everyone else as this passage teaches us to treat them:

We bear their infirmities
It can be challenging to put up with errors missteps and nuisances of people we assume to be educated enough sophisticated enough and mature enough to behave better. When someone who is handicapped or someone young presumes upon us we tend to be more patient and forgiving. We understand their plight. If we just assumed that we were stronger than them then we would not be arrogant towards then but bear more with them.

We choose not to please ourselves
The handicapped and weak are pleased by different things than the mature and strong are. If we think of ourselves as the strong ones in every relationship then we would sacrifice our pleasures for others.

We choose to treat them as neighbors and seek both their good and their edification
If we thought of ourselves as the strong ones and others as the weak ones we would constantly see our place as to help lift them and strengthen them.

This is a win-win. We never have to wonder who to minister to. We never have to belittle ourselves and think of ourselves as the weaker. We never have to judge others and divide them into stronger and weaker camps. We just minister to them all as the weaker brother.

And, everyone else will be doing the same for us.

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Romans 12:3 The Grace to Preach

Romans 12:3 (KJV)
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

It is generally agreed that the grace to which Paul refers is his authority as one called of God into the ministry.

He did not speak from an educated position
Though Paul was the most educated of the apostles.

He did not speak from the perspective of personal experience
Though Paul had witnessed a great deal from which to draw in his years as a Christian.

He did not speak as one who was beloved of his audience
Though there were some whose love for Paul would have motivated them to act.

Paul spoke as one with authority due to his office
A preacher is wisest when he speaks from this same grace. Though he may be able to lead people to action by other means, the only long-term results of his ministry will come from his study of the Scriptures and authoritative, confident declaration of them.

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Romans 11:28 Whosoever Will and The Elect

Romans 11:28 (KJV)
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

The gospel is for “whosoever will”. It is offered, available and effective to any and all.

  • The Jew can receive the gospel
  • The European can receive the gospel
  • The American can receive the gospel
  • The African can receive the gospel
  • The oriental can receive the gospel

It is open to all and no one is excluded

But the election is of Israel. It hails all the way back to the promise to Abraham. It is carried forth in promises made to one succeeding generation of Israel after another.

Whosoever will may come and be saved. But God has promised, planned and determined that Israel will be saved.

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Romans 10:3 When We Don’t Understand God’s Righteousness

Romans 10:3 (KJV)
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

The result of ignorance concerning God’s righteousness was twofold:
They attempt to establish their own righteousness
People do this in anyone of a number of ways:
1.They may attempt righteousness by obedience to what they know is the law of God. This they never accomplish completely but often believe they are counted righteous for the effort.
2.They may create their own version of righteousness.
This will generally be a religion denomination or church where they can develop a system of righteousness they believe they can keep.
3.They may simply redefine righteousness
In this case righteousness is whatever they choose it to be or not to be.

They do not submit to the righteousness of God
Here is the crux of the matter; they do not plan to submit to the righteousness of God.

  • They do not know what it is.
  • They suppose it is something they will not like.

They therefore choose not too learn it and bow their will before it.

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Romans 8:1 What Can We Do?

Romans 8:1 (KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

At first glance a person might think walking after the Spirit, not the flesh is a condition for being in Christ and thus, not condemned. In reality it is not a condition but a description. The person who is in Christ Jesus doesn’t walk after the flesh but after the Spirit.

This doesn’t mean he/she does that perfectly. We are so prone to putting all the responsibility on ourselves (because that gives us control) that we look at this as a way to make things happen:

  • I don’t want to feel/be condemned
  • I will therefore be in Christ and
  • I will do that by walking after the Spirit not the flesh

Truth is, this is beyond us. The rest of the chapter describes the process that is happening in us as the Spirit of God transforms us into the image of God. This is a work we are so incapable of doing in our own power that we don’t even know how to properly pray for it. This is a work of the Holy Spirit.

What can we do then? Besides calling upon the Lord and trusting Him alone for salvation we can:

  • Submit to the Spirit’s leading and work
  • Wait upon Him to reveal Himself “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little” until we are home. And
  • Rest in the truth declared in verse one and confirmed in verses thirty one through thirty nine that, though we are a work in progress, we are not condemned.

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Romans 5:10 Reconciliation and Salvation

Romans 5:10 (KJV)
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Every aspect of the Gospel has some key and vital component toward our new birth:

Christ’s life
Fulfilled the righteousness of the law. Jesus obeyed the whole law without offending in even one point.

Christ’s death and burial
Fulfilled the penalty of death sentenced upon sin. He took upon Himself, as only the God/man could do, all of our sins. When He died and was buried He received the wages for all sin.

Christ’s resurrection
Completed the transaction. When Christ arose it was as if God stamped in the heavens, “Paid in full.”

Our text speaks of two parts of the gospel and says that reconciliation with God was accomplished through Christ’s death. Final and complete salvation was accomplished through His life (after death).

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Romans 4:9-10 Before, During and After

Romans 4:9-10 (KJV)
Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

There are a number of things that transcend past the Mosaic law because they were before the law.

  • They were before the Law
  • God carried them into the age of the law and
  • They continue on into the New Testament era

The tithe is like that.
Abraham tithed to Melchisidek centuries before the law of Moses.

Justification by faith is like that too
Abraham was justified by faith centuries before the Mosiac law and even before his own circumcision (a foreshadow of the law which was to come).

The relationship between Abraham and the New Testament believer, though spiritual in nature, is as real as the relationship Jews have with him. The Jews have a relationship based on blood and culture. The Christian has a relationship with him based on faith and practice.

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What other Biblical principles transcend Bible ages?

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