Beyond the Gospels: Romans 11:11-24

Read Romans 11:11-24
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As Believers, Israel is the root of the Promise we have been grafted into (Romans 11:16). In Christ, we become children of Abraham, adopted into the family of Israel.

As hard as it is to think about, it was Israel’s rejection of Christ that opened the door for those of us from other nations to enter.
For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world,
what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
Romans 11:15 ESV

This is a hard truth: the rejection of the Truth by some made way for the reconciliation of the world.

Many are still rejecting His truth today, but could it be that their rejection of the truth makes the way for others to enter?

The recent terrorist atrocities in Paris, could they be such a setting?

His grace, unmerited favor, comes through many avenues.
He is jealous for His creation. He will go to whatever lengths necessary to rescue those He loves.

Note then the kindness and severity of God:
severity toward those who have fallen, 
but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness.
Romans 11:22 ESV

The Bible states clearly God’s sovereignty in all things.
It is from this perspective we must consider His kindness and severity.
His love and wrath.
His justice and grace.

Without rejection by some… there is no salvation for others…

Never forget to consider: If their rejection made the way for others to be reconciled, what will their acceptance of truth mean?

Father God, I rest today in Your sovereignty, grace, truth, and mercy.
Help me to see all events, those in my life and around the world
from Your perspective. Guide me in praying for those who have rejected You,
those who have unjustly been persecuted by them, and for those who are Yours.

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