Studies In The Book Of Romans

(Romans 11:16-36)

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1. Should we (Gentiles) ever boast against the root of our salvation (Jews)?

No: (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 thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (18) Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee” (Romans 11:16-18).



2. Should we be overconfident in our (Gentiles) salvation because God broke off the Jews to bring us unto Him?

No, in fact that should make us be mindful and fear: (19) Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. (20) Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: (21) For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee” (Romans 11:19-21).



3. If one focuses only on the goodness of God, what side of Him are they missing?

The severity: 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” (Romans 11:22).



4. Did God permanently cut off the natural branches (Israel)?

No: (23) And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. (24) 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” (Romans 11:23-24)?



5. What mystery concerning Israel did Paul clarify?

That the fall of Israel was to save the Gentiles: (25) 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. (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: (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” (Romans 11:25-28).



6. Did God offer the gift of salvation with intentions on revoking it?

No: For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29).



7. What role did/does mercy have in the salvation of everyone?

All needed mercy to be saved: (30) For as ye 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” (Romans 11:30-32).



8. Are we on the same level of existence and thinking with God?

No: (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 hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? (35) Or who hath 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 for ever. Amen” (Romans 11:33-36).



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