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Pastor Brant Seacrist

September 16, 2018


TEXT: ROMANS 11: 25-36
READING:  PSALMS 140 & 142

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SUBJ: The Gospel connection to the future of Israel as a people and the fact that their identity remains as a people, howbeit in the Gospel.

AIM: That our focus might ever be in the Gospel and on Christ regardless of our ancestry.

INTR: We come now to consider the matter of Israel and that their future us to be resolved in the Gospel aim and that their continuance will be in that way.
1. There are many thoughts regarding that aspect of the divine purpose in dealing with Israel and we note a few without attempting to draw a full conclusion: Various forms of millennialism are embraced as well as the timing of the Kingdom of God. Some of these are centered in Israel. We choose to stay close by the Word and report what it says.
2. What does emerge in this passage is that the depths of divine wisdom will never be found out and that is revealed to us in this context.
3. Of special interest in this passage is the meaning of all Israel being saved and we will explore that thought.

THESIS: It ever remains that there is no designer Gospel. It is of the Lord and there is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.

I. The mystery explained (vv. 25-27)
1. It would almost seem as though Paul anticipated critical analysis by many and so warned them.
2. The simple truth is that God has a purpose in dealing with the hardness of Israel in the manner He did – It was brought is until the full body of Gentile believers is brought in.
3. The reference to “all Israel” being saved is troubling to many leaving a question as to
1) Did the term apply to all as Paul used it in Galatians and the “Israel of God?”
2) Is the term reserved to Israelites only and a universal salvation among them?
3) Or did the term mean those Israelites to whom the election pertains (see v. 7 & v. 28)
4) Remember: Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Romans 9:6
4. The prophecy is from the Old Testament and looks to the same accomplishment in them as is declared by Paul to the Galatians
5. They and we were included in that covenant from of old to take away their sins and ours in Christ our Lord.

II. The mystery and the Gospel (vv. 28-31)
1. It is at this point that Paul makes the Gospel the issue.
1) Enemies for your sakes – they hated the Gospel and they were blinded while the Gentiles were being evangelized throughout the world.
2) But, in the election of grace they are included as those beloved as are all the elect of God.
3) But, it would be tied to a precious truth that being that the gifts and calling of God are without repentance – Promises were made to the nation of Israel.
2. The matter here comes to another basic issue in the economy of grace:
1) In times past Gentiles were unbelievers and without hope: That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: Ephesians 2:12.
2) Now, the Israelites as a people have rejected Christ and are the unbelievers and rebels and need mercy which should be of prime interest to Gentile believers – mercy is ever in sight.

III. The mystery in conclusion (vv. 32-36)
1. Sin and depravity is a universal condition among men and mercy as it is realized in Christ Jesus our Lord is the only remedy.
2. In His infinite wisdom God has concluded (demonstrated, seen, proven, brought to attention) the fact that all are in the same state whether Israelite or Gentile.
3. A most wonderful doxology is herein offered:
1) The depth of riches is unfathomable and consist of
2) The wisdom and knowledge of God
3) How unsearchable (we keep looking and we keep finding and it becomes even more so!)
4) His judgments are unsearchable and yet received as just and holy as is His name
5) And we will not find Him out
4. Two questions posed here:
1) Who has known the mind of the Lord or given Him counsel?
2) Who has given Him something that he has not received and placed God in debt to him?
5. It is all of Him (proceeding from Him) it is through Him (consider all the Gospel provision) and it is to Him (even as He receives us to Himself)
6. And so the Sola Dei Gloria is written and we delight therein.