This sermon was based on Romans 11:1-36
The Remnant of Israel
1I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? 3“Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” 4But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 6But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
Gentiles Grafted in.
The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation
God Has Not Rejected His People…
- Paul asks the question as to whether God has rejected Israel. ‘I ask then: Did God reject his people?’ Romans 11v1. He then offers reasons why he has not.
- Firstly Paul himself is evidence that God has not given up on Israel.
- Paul explains that, just as he did in the Old Testament, God has reserved a remnant of Israel who would believe.
- He goes on to remind his readers that Israel was chosen by grace and they cannot therefore now be rejected.
…Though They Have Been Temporarily Put Aside
- Paul describes Israel as having stumbled. ‘So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall?’ Romans 11:11. Stumbling is a temporary state of affairs. Paul gives reasons why Israel have been set aside.
- Firstly he explains that the gift of salvation has been given to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous. To cause them to realise their desire for the thing which they had rejected.
- Secondly so that a new channel of blessing can be opened up to the whole world.
- ‘Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways!’ Romans 11:33. God’s wisdom and knowledge is boundless.
- We may not understand everything God does because we cannot see from his perspective.
- He made everything and sustains everything so we choose to say ‘to God be the Glory’.