Romans Chapter 11The focus of chapter eleven returns to Israel in a big way, bringing it back around to the ones who provided us with God's Word, to the nation through whom the Messiah came, Israel.
Replacement theology, also known as "supersessionism", is the teaching that the Church has replaced the nation Israel in the the overall plan and purpose of God, literally adopting the promises made to Israel by God, because of the rejection of the Jewish Messiah, the LORD Jesus Christ.
The claim is that most (if not all) of the spiritual and other promises made to Israel must be allegorized, spiritualized, forgotten because they rejected their Messiah, and now those plans, purposes and promises are after then imputed to the church as "blessings", like enrichment (Prosperity Gospel).
- As an example, when Scripture of Israel being restored to their God-given land, what the Replacement Theology adherents believe and propose that it really means is that the Christian church will be "blessed"; it is not literally (to them) Israel he people returning to Israel their land.
- In addition to the promises, any covenants made by God with Israel are "fulfilled in the Christian", such as:
"The Jewish people, who were once God's chosen people, are no longer chosen at all, but rather now the Church body replaces them as God's chosen people."
- They believe further that, after Acts chapter two, specifically the Day of Pentecost, that term "Israel" now refers to the church. Any mention of the word "Israel" after Acts chapter two is taken as an allegory and, to them, refers to the Church.
- The Mosaic covenant of Exodus chapter twenty is replaced by the new covenant (Luke 22:20).
- Actual bodily, fleshly, carnal circumcision given to Israel is now replaced by the circumcision spoken of by Paul of the heart (Romans 2).
THE DISPENSATIONS AND TRANSITIONS
- Adam-Creation, Perfection, (The Age of Innocence)
- The Fall of Adam and Eve
- Noah-Pre-Flood (The Age Consciousness)
- Noah-Post-Flood-(The Age of Human Government/Attempted One World Government)
- Tower of Babel-Confusion of Tongues
- Abraham-(Age of Promise)
- 400 years captivity in Egypt
- The Exodus
- Moses and(The Age of the Law, Prophets)
- Jesus-THE CROSS
- The Resurrection and Ascension of Christ
- THE BOOK OF ACTS
This is a massive, major, first time switch of dispensations
- The Destruction of Jerusalem, 70 A.D.
- The Church Age-(Grace)
- The Return of Israel to their land (1800's-1948-1968-1973-present-??
- The Rapture
- Then the Great Tribulation (Seven Year)
- The return of the LORD Jesus Christ to earth, satan bound in hell for a thousand years
- World Government by the LORD Himself-(The Millennial Kingdom)
- The New Creation, Eternity
The Mystery of the Church
- The Gentiles before and without Christ were aliens, strangers, pilgrims, far off, without hope, without God, uncircumcised in the flesh or the heart (Ephesians 2)
- There was a difference between Jew and Gentile, even as believers-you could not unite with the Jews as one, as a spiritual entity
- The Church was hidden in the Old Testament; the Messiah was only proclaimed
- Jesus said I WILL build my Church, not I HAVE built it.
- Before Pentecost and Paul, Jesus did not send a single Gentile to a single Gentile, and the only Gentiles blessed were those who blessed Israel
- Jesus even did not want to speak to the Gentiles, but only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel (Matthew 10:5-6, Matthew 15:24-28, John 4 even alludes to this)
- The blessings to the Gentiles came only through Israel, not the other way around
- Before Paul went to the Gentiles in Acts 9:15, no one did at all!
- Paul gave the Gentiles the dispensation of Grace (Ephesians 3:19)
- "All of the Bible is for us, but not all of it is about us or to us."
- The Temple was still there
- Sacrifices were still being made
- There was still a high priest
- After the Rapture, it goes back to Jew-Gentile again
- No one who was a believer in the Old Testament just simply received the indwelling of the Holy Ghost upon belief, sealing them forever, including the four Gospels and much of the book of Acts
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
- This verse, coupled with others, destroys "Replacement Theology", "Dominion Theology", etc.
- Rejection or ignorance of this verse (along with others) and its clear, rich teaching leads to anti-Semitism and led to the Holocaust from the 1930s-1940s
- Further, it is an official teaching and position of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as many protestant denominations, such as the United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterians, cults such as the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, the Greek orthodox Church, the United Church of Christ
- Being an Israelite, a Jew of the seed of Abraham, tribe of Benjamin, Paul would certainly have known if God cast his own people away
- If this anti-Semitic, anti-Israel "theology" were true, there would be no Israel, and no need for Paul to call himself a member of the tribe of Benjamin
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
- God is omniscient and knew Israel before He formed them, and all of history
- Paul still calls Israel "His people", showing they are not cast away
- He is about to show that there is strength in God, not in numbers
(1 Kings 19:10)
And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
- Out of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers, the millions of people, there was mostly apostasy in Israel
- This amount was a tiny fraction, and yet it was more than God needed.
- It was also reassurance for Elijah that he was not alone on earth
(1 Kings 19:18)
Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
- Just like Elijah, see it or not, believe it or not, there are always other believers on earth with us to fight the battle
- There WAS always a remnant, there IS always a remnant, and there always WILL BE a remnant, until the Millennial Kingdom and eternity start
- The election of Grace is according to God's foreknowledge on who would believe, and extending grace to them
- Grace is always offered to mankind, but he must accept it to be extended, imputed to and utilized by him
ELEC'TION, n. [L. electio.] The act of choosing; choice; the act of selecting one or more from others. Hence appropriately,
- The act of choosing a person to fill an office or employment, by any manifestation of preference, as by ballot, uplifted hands or viva voce; as the election of a king, of a president, or a mayor.
Corruption in elections is the great enemy of freedom.
- Choice; voluntary preference; free will; liberty to act or not. It is at his election to accept or refuse.
- Power of choosing or selecting.
- Discernment; discrimination; distinction.
To use men with much difference and election is good.
- In theology, divine choice; predetermination of God, by which persons are distinguished as objects of mercy, become subjects of grace, are sanctified and prepared for heaven.
There is a remnant according to the election of grace. Romans 11.
- The public choice of officers.
- The day of a public choice of officers.
- Those who are elected.
The election hath obtained it. Rom 11.
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
- The two cannot be combined at salvation
- The works is after, and only the works ordained by the Holy Spirit of God in us are true works for God, and we do them as a thankful, sacrificial offering for the things Jesus did for us, and a sign of being saved
- "Christians" (non-believers) can also do "works", unsaved people, and they count the same for them as works in the flesh count for us...as filthy rags
- Works brings death, as Paul has said repeatedly in the previous chapters, and grace through faith brings life, as also he said.
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
- This election is the remnant, those who chose to believe and get saved
- What did they seek? God, only they still seek it through works and religion
- What do they STILL seek? God, only they still seek it through works and religion
- This blindness was a natural result of the national rejection of their Messiah, and it continues to this day
- To this day, in synagogues around the world, the Jewish rabbis routinely, customarily and simply refuse to cover the sections of the Old Testament dealing with the suffering Messiah, such as Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, Daniel 9, among others, and focus instead only on the Coming Messiah
- Even in that, they are working on making that happen by pushing trying to rebuild the Temple, find the Ark of the Covenant, etc. that the Messiah WILL come to, as prophesied
- This is a direct fulfillment of the prophecies, and was quoted by Jesus several in Gospels, Paul in Acts, and now here in Romans
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: (Ezekiel 12:2)
Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
- Once again, this is a quote from the Old Testament and a fulfillment to this day
- A charge might be leveled by anyone against God here, but the message God is giving is that they decided by their own will-to make their table a snare and a trap; they decided through their own will to be blind. God just allowed it.
- The bowing down the back is the prayers offered in repetition daily, bowing, bowing, bowing, because they are not praying to the One True God, the God of their fathers, but a god of their own making
Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish.
Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. (Romans 11:11)
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
- This stumbling is not a complete fall, but a staggered walk, lumbering along, never hitting the ground so that they cannot get up at all. They can stop stumbling and get back to a walk with God through faith, belief
- This stumbling is not forever. They rejected the Messiah, who then after opened the door to the Gentiles in the church, in order to be saved
- This jealousy provocation is for them to turn back, but still it is up to them by their free will
Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
- A completed Jew who was formerly in Synagogue, learning the Old testament, once saved, can have clearer insight into the Old Testament written to them, than a Gentile
- Because of their rejection, we now have the Church Age, and the Church was grafted into the Olive Branch
This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
- His office was apostle to the Gentiles....in order also that the Jews would see, get jealous, and some get saved
- Someone ELSE having favor with God would not be very palatable to them
- The act of attempting to equal or excel in qualities or actions; rivalry; desire of superiority, attended with effort to attain to it; generally in a good sense, or an attempt to equal or excel others in that which is praise-worthy, without the desire of depressing others. Rom 11. In a bad sense, a striving to equal or do more than others to obtain carnal favors or honors. Val.5.
- An ardor kindled by the praise-worthy examples of others, inciting to imitate them, or to equal or excel them. A noble emulation heats your breast.
- Contest; contention; strife; competition; rivalry accompanied with a desire of depressing another. Such factious emulations shall arise.
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?
- This is another way of saying just what he said above. We were grafted in when they rejected their Messiah the LORD Jesus Christ
- When the Church Age is over, the focus will return to Israel, and they will again, as a nation, corporately, the remnant that survives the Great Tribulation, will all be saved, as Paul says here in Romans 11:26
For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
- We are holy in God's eyes only only because of Jesus Christ
- We are the "lump" as in the cluster of figs or olives, but not THE olive tree (Israel), just fruit from the grafted branch into that tree
- A small mass of matter of no definite shape; as a lump of earth; a lump of butter; a lump of sugar.
- A mass of things blended or thrown together without order or distinction; as copper, iron, gold, silver, lead, tin, promiscuously in one lump.
- A cluster; as a lump of figs. 2 Kings 20.
In the lump, the whole together; in gross.
They may buy my papers in the lump.
- To throw into a mass; to unite in a body or sum without distinction of particulars.
The expenses ought to be lumped.
- To take in the gross.
And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
GRAFTING OLIVE TREES
"Some trees have very desirable fruit characteristics and weak roots. Other have strong roots but small or no fruit. Grafting can combine the strong roots and good fruit into the same tree. In addition, some rootstocks increase disease resistance or make the tree better able to survive in some other way. In order to be successful, the two varieties must be compatible, meaning the cambium, or growth tissue under the bark, must fuse together." here
"Grafting is done for several purposes, but most commonly in the olive oil industry it is to get the hardy roots of one variety with the fecundity (fruitfulness) of another variety. The whole point of grafting is that each part of the grafted tree keeps its original character. The variety used for the root stock may be resistant to fungus or other pests but has a small or low yield olive. The graft may have weak roots but large fruit with high oil content. The resulting tree has the best of both varieties" here
- There are Jews and Gentiles.
- There are domesticated, bred, pruned, cultivated,tended, fertilized, protected, nurtured olive trees which bear fruit according to the olive farmers efforts. The Jews
- There are wild olive trees, not on any farm, at the mercy of weather, animals, natural disasters, insects and the soil. The Gentiles
- When an olive farmer grafts a branch from a wild tree, as has been done for thousands of years, it produces the domestic fruit from the main tree
- One reason that this will be done is that olive trees are generally started from root cuttings, but if the root is no longer good, a wild olive branch will be better. Again, of necessity. It becomes the "best of both trees" at that point
- This is why a Messianic Jew ("Completed Jew") who knew the Old Testament Scriptures well is and has the best of both worlds....
- This is not the most desired method of fruit production, but it works. This was not God's first choice spiritually either, but the Jews (the domestic olive tree) rejected their Messiah, so we Gentiles (wild olive trees) were grafted in to produce fruit in their stead. In essence, we become and are JEW-ISH
GOD IS THE HUSBANDMAN(Isaiah 5:1-2)
Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
- There is no place for pride at all
- This pride was the problem of Israel then, and is now, arrogance. It is universal in mankind, as it was in the enemy
- We get grated in....we never become the tree and remain a branch
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
(1 Corinthians 11:28-30)
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
- And this is what an anti-Semitic, replacement theology adherent would say, that the Church is now Israel
- This is not the right way to think, but rather should lead to humility, as God did not have to say this.
- Paul knew the pride in mans heart, foretelling what they would say here
Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
- Their unbelief led to us being grafted in. We are not to then let our pride lead to our unbelief, which is the next step down the ladder
- We should remember the reason they were cut off, and not have that same reason in us, lest we have to be humbled
- For them corporately it was a national salvation. We cannot lose our salvation once we get it, but we can be chastened, disciplined
- In the words of Matthew Henry: "The rejection of the Jews made room for the reception of the Gentiles"
For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
- God did not fail to discipline Israel at any time when He chose to, only leaving a remnant
- They have not been cast off, but they are not the main people God is dealing with for the last two thousand years; it has been the church
- He also destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD, and brought on the Holocaust to chastise Israel because He loves them and wants them to come to Him, so He used that to form a nation in 1948 to restore the nation
- No olive or fig farmer would ever leave bad branches that do not produce fruit on the tree, as it wastes the power needed for the good branches
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
- So the cutting off of branches is a severe but necessary act, as is the grafting in place of a new branch is a good one
- A life of a Christian can be cut short by their sin, as a consequence. This is not eternal salvation, just the physical, mortal body in a mortal realm.
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
- Israel is currently cut off as a branch in regards to direct access to God's Throne
- God is still today providentially providing for, blessing greatly and protecting His people
- And yet, the same faith is needed as their father, Abraham, exercised, to be saved
- God is waiting for them to repent and believe, individually and nationally
For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
- It must be noted that, not only were the Gentiles grafted into Israel as the Church, but also cut out of the wild, pagan Gentile tree
- Just as one cannot serve two masters, one cannot be grafted to the one cultivated while still attached to the wild other one
- As a farmer cannot graft one branch to two trees, so must we be moved from one to another
- Jesus Himself never even owned land, and made no promises to us regarding it here on earth...that was unique to Israel
NOTE: It must be stated and always remembered that the Church does not ever replace Israel. We get grafted into them and they are the tree, we the grafted branch. All that this means is that we are God's chosen people, in a different way. Israel is God's chosen people with special blessings, promises unique to them, and land promises. We have different promises and no land promises, no promises of financial prosperity, etc.(Matthew 8:20)
And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
(1 Timothy 6:8)
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
- This was an Old Testament mystery of the highest order
- The Church is an age and a dispensation of grace for a time, and then the return is to Israel once again
- On that day when the last Gentile gets saved, God will rapture the Church, and the focus will return again to Israel
- This blindness is a self-imposed, deliberately sought after blindness by Israel in rejecting their own Messiah, the LORD Jesus Christ
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
- This is going to be at the end of the Tribulation period
- This fulfills several prophecies in the prophets and David's Psalms
- These verses and many, many others show the cohesiveness of the Scriptures in sixty six books, over thousands of years, from people, many authors of whom never met the other authors and yet all had the same message
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
(2 Corinthians 3:16)
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.
- The one thing today in regards to Christianity is that it is the enemy of the world
- In addition, Jews are the enemy of that Gospel, from the first century forward, from Jesus forward, from the apostles and disciples forward, until today
- And still...God loves, maintains, and has unfulfilled promises for them today, and has a future for them
- For this reason, as said before, being anti-Jewish, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel stems from not believing the Scriptures, not knowing the Scriptures, and is an evil that led to the holocaust, by nominal Christians of the day and the Roman Catholic religion.
- The bottom line: Replacement "Theology" is rank heresy!
Stretched Out Still(Isaiah 5:25)
Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
- Because God's promises are a gift, unearned
- Because God's calling is a gift, unearned
- Because He is God
- Because God does not change, nor change His mind
- Therefore, these promises, gifts, callings are forever, no matter how long it takes to fulfill them
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
- The unbelief of Israel and their blindness in part led to us having that veil removed from our Gentile, pagan eyes
- The opening of the eyes led us to His opening the door to His undying mercy
- This is also to provoke them to jealousy, to want to get saved and have what relationship we have, as was written in Chapter 10
But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
- The all here is for ALL, WHOSOEVER would believe
- No matter who it is, Jew or Gentile, belief is the key and God will never cast out a true believer
What then? are we (the Jews) better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
- This is a mystery, all of it, to our finite, sin-crippled minds, in our natural, carnal, fleshly, worldly way of thinking
- This takes the Holy Spirit to understand properly, but even still, it is too lofty for us
- it is stated that God's thought are not our thoughts. Mankind could never have invented the Gospel message. PERIOD.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
- Simple question, simply answer. NO ONE HAS!
- We see self-proclaimed "counselors" every where telling God that He did not design the biological world correctly because we have people with diseases, natural disasters, etc.
- Usually these fools are atheists who are blind, dead and do not open their eyes to see that it is our sin, and so self-righteously and irresponsibly blame God for their own sin
Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
- Once again, the implied answer is, no one has given to God
- In addition, since no one can give to God and no one has, God owes mankind nothing-no explanations, no mercy, no pardons, no grace, nothing but righteous judgment
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
- The end of the matter, self-explanatory, that needs nothing added to it.