January 2018 - OUR MONTH OF "Help from Above". Acts 26:22, 2 Corinthians 3:5, John 15:5c, Hebrews 13:5-6, Psalm 118:8-14, 121:1-8, 124:8, Isaiah 41:10-14, Zechariah 4:6.

Bible Study Summary || Romans 11:25-36

Topic: All Israel Shall be saved

Text: Romans 11:25-36

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why does the Bible instruct us, the gentiles, not to be conceited and start bragging of our salvation in relation to the Jews? Romans 11:25
  • According to Scriptures, If God could cut of Israel, who are the original carriers of the promise, from the tree of salvation, He would also cut us off if we fall into unbelief.
  • The salvation of the gentiles is not as a result of their efforts. In fact, salvation is only by grace and not by work, so no one can boast.

2. All Israel will be saved. Does this also include those who died in their sins before the full number of gentiles comes in? Romans 11:25-30

  •  According to Scriptures, Jesus is the only way of salvation. So the salvation of the Jews cannot be any other way.
  •  V 26 talks about the coming of a deliverer. This means the salvation of Israel is solely based on the Deliverer, Jesus. The Deliverer saves them by taking away their sins. This is the same way the deliverer saves the gentiles. There is no special salvation reserved for Israel.

3. All Israel will be saved of course, but how? Is it going to be based on the love of God for their Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)? Romans 11.26-28

  • God does not have grand children. Everyone that comes top God for salvation must do so personally through Jesus.
  • Verse 28 talks about God’s election of mercy for Israel because of their fathers. This doesn’t mean their salvation is guaranteed absent their response to the saviour. It simply means God has elected not to give up on them. He has decided to keep wooing them until they respond positively to His calling.

4. Since all Israel will be saved, do we still need to preach the gospel to them? Romans 11:29

  • The Bible says the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. That means the gospel is the means God uses to bring salvation to everyone.
  • Acts 1:8: Jesus instructed his disciples to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. Jerusalem and Judea are Jewish territories. This means Jesus was fully expecting the gospel to be preached to Jews.
  • Verse 29 says the gift and calling of God is without repentance. In this context the Gift is salvation through Jesus, but the calling is the process of inviting people into this salvation. We need to keep sharing the gospel to the Jews.

5. Since God’s wisdom and knowledge is impossible for us to understand, why do we still try to rationalize and find mental meaning to the things He does and or asks us to do? Romans 11:33-36)

  • We are sometimes full of doubt and thus cannot put our full trust in God.
  • We sometimes depend on our human understanding and find it impossible to see sense in God’s ways.
  • We know too much. As such, we unconsciously feel we know better than God.
  • We don’t know God well enough to trust Him.

Prayer Focus: Lord teach me to trust in You always!

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