Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Romans Chapter 11: Remnant Israel Law and Grace

   1: I say then Has God cast away his people God forbid For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham of the tribe of Benjamin 2: God has not cast away his people which he foreknew know ye not what the scripture says of Elias [Elijah] how he makes intercession to God against Israel saying 3: Lord they have killed your prophets and digged down your altars and I am left alone and they seek my life 4: But what said the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand people who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal 5: Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace[1] 6: 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[2] 7: What then Israel has not obtained that which they seek for but the election has obtained it and the rest were blinded 8: According as it is written God has given them the spirit of slumber eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear to this day 9: And David said Let their table be made a snare and a trap and a stumbling block and a recompence to them 10: Let their eyes be darkened that they may not see and bow down their back always[3] 11: I say then Have they stumbled that they should fall God forbid but rather through their fall salvation is come to the Gentiles for to provoke them to jealousy 12: 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 fullness 13: For I speak to you Gentiles inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles I magnify mine office 14: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh and might save some of them 15: 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 16: For if the firstfruit be holy the lump is also holy and if the root be holy so are the branches 17: And if some of the branches be broken off and you being a wild olive tree were grafted in among them and with them partake of the root and fatness of the olive tree 18: Boast not against the branches But if you boast you bear not the root but the root [bears] you 19: You will say then The branches were broken off that I might be grafted in 20: Well because of unbelief they were broken off Hebrews 6:4 and you stand by faith Be not high-minded but fear 21: For if God spared not the natural branches take heed lest he also spare not you 22: Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God on them which fell severity but toward you goodness if you continue in his goodness otherwise you also shall be cut off 23: And they also if they abide not still in unbelief shall be grafted in for God is able to graft them in again 24: For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree how much more shall these which be the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree 25: For I would not brethren that you should be ignorant of this mystery lest you should be wise in your own conceits that blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in 26: 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[4] 27: For this is my covenant unto them when I shall take away their sins 28: As concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sakes but as touching the election they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes 29: For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance 30: For as you in times past have not believed God yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief 31: Even so have these also now not believed that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy 32: For God hath concluded them all in unbelief that he might have mercy upon all 33: 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 34: For who has known the mind of the Lord or who hath been his counselor 35: Or who has first given to him and it shall be recompensed unto him again 36: For of him and through him and to him are all things to whom be glory forever Amen

[1] The remnant Paul refers to, is a remnant of the Children of Israel—Jews. The Body of Christ itself—The Church—is never referred to in scripture as a remnant. In Romans chapter 11, Paul is speaking to (and of) physical Israel.

[2] It is noteworthy, that the Feasts of Lord the Hebrews were commanded to observe, all required that no servile work be done during the day[s] of observation. This foreshadowed the end of the Law and the Grace the Messiah would bring.

[3] These terrible curses were pronounced on the Children of Israel during times of wholesale rebellion against the one true God. But, according to the Word of God, to this day, there is and always will be a remnant of believers from all the tribes of Israel.

[4] “Jacob” never refers to the Church, but always to physical Israel.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Romans Chapter 10: Faith -Vs- Religion

    1: Brethren my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved 2: For I bear them record that they have a zeal for God but not according to knowledge[1] 3: For they being ignorant of God's righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God 4: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes[2] 5: For Moses described the righteousness which is of the law That the one who does those things shall live by them 6: But the righteousness which is of faith speaks on this wise Say not in your heart Who shall ascend into heaven that is to bring Christ down from above 7: Or Who shall descend into the deep that is to bring up Christ again from the dead[3] 8: But what [does] it say The word is near [to] you even in your mouth and in your heart that is the word of faith[4] which we preach 9: That if thou shalt confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead you shalt be saved 10: For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation 11: For the scripture says Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed 12: For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek for the same Lord over all is rich unto all who call upon him 13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved 14: How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard and how shall they hear without a preacher 15: And how shall they preach, except they be sent as it is written How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things Acts 2:17-1816: But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias said Lord who hath believed our report 17: So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God 18: But I say Have they not heard Yes truly their sound went into all the earth and their words unto the ends of the world 19: But I say Did not Israel know First Moses said I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people and by a foolish nation I will anger you 20: But Esaias was very bold and said I was found of them that sought me not I was made manifest to them that asked not after me[5] 21: But to Israel he says All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and dissenting people

[1] It is possible to have a zeal for God and not be saved. There is a way that seems right but, in the end, the scriptures say, leads to death. Eternal life depends on knowing God—not knowing all about God John 17:3. There is a vast difference between the two, for example, most people know about the President of the United States, but how many can say they know him? The Bible teaches that we only have access to God through faith in his Risen Son, Jesus Christ John 3:16.
[2] Submitting to faith and the liberty of the Holy Spirit is apparently not as easy as it sounds. Rebellious hearts always resist the ways of God. Even when the scriptures assure that, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” Expecting salvation to come from obedience to a list of do’s and don’ts is a perversion of God’s word, which condemns those going about to “establish their own righteousness.” 
[3] Just as Jesus said we have no power to change how tall or short we are, and that by worrying we cannot change anything, Paul wrote that by seeking to make ourselves righteous would be as effective as attempting, in our own power, to raise Christ from the dead, or, by our own righteousness, attempting to usher in his return. There is nothing in us that can facilitate Eternal Life or influence the times and seasons that God has in his own power. Only in Jesus, and faith in his shed blood and his resurrection, can we be born again and please God.
[4] The word of faith, that Paul preached, had everything to do with total reliance on Jesus’ completed work on the cross for forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Is Jesus the High Priest of our confession? Yes. And that is a reference to the function of a High Priest under the Old Covenant, where he made sacrifice and intercession for the forgiveness of sins for all the people. Should we believe every word spoken by God in his Word, and agree with him (in our hearts and verbally) on all of it? Absolutely. Can we use words to manipulate God into doing our will? Absolutely not …Selah.
[5] That happened to this writer. I was finished with God, Jesus, Heaven, Hell, Christianity and anything that had to do with it. God truly found me at a time when I was not looking for him.... Read the rest of her testimony here http://hungryheart100.tripod.com/id67.html 

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