1 I say then, Hath 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 hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, 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. 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. 7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto 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 fulness? 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 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. 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. 22 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. 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? 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. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 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. 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 11:1-36 (KJV)
Shortest Verse (10 words) Rom 11:29, For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Longest Verse (43 words) Rom 11:24, 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?
Middle Verse(s) (of 36 verses) Rom 11:18, Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Rom 11:19, Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
Middle Five Words (of 820 words) [‘them,5 and with them partakest’]
Rom 11:17, And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among [them,5 and with them partakest] of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
Ah! Amazing, isn’t it? The people who believe in Replacement Theology (one of whom visited my blog and left a VERY long comment that at some point in the future I plan on allowing through and answering step by step, as it’s full of fallacious reasoning) are once for all answered in Rom. 11:1.
I say then, Hath 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 hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, 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.
Objection: Since the Jews rejected Christ, the Bible says that God has replaced Israel with the new Israel, the Church.
Answer: There’s a lot wrong with that statement. The Bible does not say that, God did not do that, the New Israel is a real state and a real kingdom that the Lord will put into place in the Millennium, and… there is no universal entity called the Church. Whenever we read in the Bible a reference to a church, it is always a local institution. If you really want to get into an inclusive statement referring to “all the saved”, I suggest you use the Kingdom of God, as that’s a Biblical term for “all the saved”.
Or you could just say, “all the saved.”
Question: who is the elect? The Jews that believe in Jesus Christ. Who else? Anyone else? Well, above it also talks about the Gentiles who are grafted in.
So, them too.
A thought about the elect. A lot of people – Calvinists, really – are stuck on the mythical invisible list that no man has ever seen and the Bible never talks about, with the pre-determined names of all the saved.
Listen, if a doctrine is named after a man, warning number one. “Armenianism” and “calvinism” and “Herbertism” and “Frankism” and the dreaded, oft feared “Dougism” all follow the teachings of man. (you can spot a Dougist – they always have signs saying, “beware of Doug”.)
Do you want to follow a long dead man, or the Bible? Jesus Christ, or the teachings of a man who burned at the stake anyone who disagrees with him? Listen, if a systemized theology forces you to change the meanings of dozens of words all through the Bible just to make it work, your doctrine is busted. It’s not working. Throw it away.
I suppose that’s why I’m doing this breakdown of Romans. I know I’ve challenged the belief systems of Calvinists, Roman Catholics, Messianic Jews, Mormons, Atheists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and liberal Christians. I’ve got to help put something in place to help them.
Plus, EVERY time I’ve challenged a false doctrinal system, false religion, or cult, I’ve said exactly the same thing. Learn to read your Bible, take it literally unless it tells you not to, and compare what is written in the Bible with what is written everywhere else about it in the Bible – but make sure also you’re understanding it in the framework of what the bible says.
For instance, you could look up every verse about trying to save your soul by works. But unless you compare that with everything we’ve read in Romans and Ephesians 2 and Hebrews and Galatians, you’re going to be steered in the wrong direction. Guaranteed.
Why did God first choose the Jews? Well, because Abraham believed Him, and it was counted to him as righteousness.
I’m sure it did not surprise God one bit that Abraham believed God. God knew before all time that Abram would believe Him.
Why did God bring in the Gentiles? Because if Cornelius never came in, we’d see Christianity as this weird Jewish thing. Jews would be getting saved, and precious few others.
There is still a remnant of Jews that are being saved today. Men like Michael Brown, Ray Comfort, Philip Dean. Wait, who’s that last guy???
God is longsuffering. I was just listening to a sermon from Bible Baptist Church in Oak Harbor, where the pastor made a comment that Noah and his family went into the ark and sat for seven days before it started raining. Why? Because what if someone came by and knocked on the door? “Hey Noah… I believe. Let me in!”
Once it started raining, that was it.
so it is right now. The Ark is sitting here. If you knock, the door will open. Don’t put it off until the raindrops start.
When you suddenly find that someone you know has disappeared.
And that weird guy that sat there with his street signs saying “Jesus saves from Hell!” His boards are fallen over, as if the guy was sitting there with the signs and then just…. disappeared.
And if you get panicky, remembering all the talk of the Christians about a “rapture”. And you run to the local church, and the doors are locked… and only about two or three people in the congregation are still there. You know, the ones who always made comments about, “yeah, I don’t take all that judgment day stuff seriously.”
You can still be saved, right up until you see the sign in the clouds…
When you see the Jewish man astride a white horse, and his hair is white, and his eyes glow…. You’ll realize you waited too long.
Repent and believe!!!!