Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. 15. John Piper Mar 21, 2004 318 Shares Sermon. Oh, the depth, &c.--The apostle now yields himself up to the admiring contemplation of the grandeur of that divine plan which he had sketched out. Scripture: Romans 11:33–36. of the root and fatness of the olive tree--the rich grace secured by covenant to the true seed of Abraham. If the firstfruit is holy: The firstfruit probably represents the first Christians, who were Jewish. but as touching, the election--of Abraham and his seed. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! (22-24) Application of God’s purpose in Israel’s rejection that the Gentiles might be reached. Now he reminds us what grace is by definition: the free gift of God, not given with an eye to performance or potential in the one receiving, but given only out of kindness in the giver. The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable: This is another reason why God hasn’t given up on national and ethnic Israel. of Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him? that blindness--"hardness" in part is happened to--"hath come upon" Israel--that is, hath come partially, or upon a portion of Israel. (See 2 Corinthians 3:15 2 Corinthians 3:16 ). 4. Romans 11:1-36 . This is the "remnant, even at this present time, according to the election of grace," of which the apostle, in the first part of the chapter, had cited himself as one. And what he here says is that God's purpose was to shut each of these divisions of men to the experience first of an humbled, condemned state, without Christ, and then to the experience of His mercy in Christ. . If the conversion of this firstfruit was good for the Gentiles, how much better will it be when the complete harvest is brought in! The Bible indicates this is a necessary condition for the return of Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:39, Zechariah 12:10-11). It is all through Him: Even if we had the plan, we couldn’t make it happen. She had rejected the gospel and it had now passed to the Gentiles; Israel was finished, rejected, cast off. Well--"Be it so, but remember that" because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest--not as a Gentile, but solely by faith--But as faith cannot live in those "whose soul is lifted up" ( Habakkuk 2:4 ). ii. Yet, we can see the great wisdom and compassion in His plan. For as ye in times past have not believed--or, "obeyed" God--that is, yielded not to God "the obedience of faith," while strangers to Christ. iii. (28-29) God’s love and calling for Israel still endures. God hath--"did" not cast away his people--that is, wholly. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. (15-21) To the Gentiles: yes, Jewish rejection of Jesus was made into a blessing for you; but consider how great a blessing their acceptance of Jesus will be. Both these, says the apostle, are irrevocable; and as the point for which he refers to this at all is the final destiny of the Israelitish nation, it is clear that the perpetuity through all time of the Abrahamic covenant is the thing here affirmed. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. And therefore it is that the Jews as a nation will yet be restored to the family of God, through the subjection of their proud hearts to Him whom they have pierced. If by grace, then it is no longer of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace: Paul left the previous verse noting that the remnant was chosen according to the election of grace. “It is impossible to entertain an exegesis which understands, i. d. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith: In addition, any Gentile standing in the “tree” of God is there by faith only, not by works or merits. If Gentiles are unbelieving, they will be “cut off” just as much as unbelieving Israel was. For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. Paul has shown that God is still working through a remnant of Israel today, but wants to make it clear that the sinning majority of Israel is not lost forever. You can recover from a stumble, but if you fall you’re down. The result was said to be the invigoration of the failing tree.” (Morris), ii. Certainly not! If . It is this kind of pride that Paul is opposing.” (Morris). d. At this present time there is a remnant: We often think that God needs a lot of people to do a great work, but He often works through a small group, or through a group that starts out small. They are not saved with some peculiar “Jewish” salvation. Romans 11:1-2 “I ask, then, has God rejected his people? ii. But how forced this is, we shall presently see. That intelligent expositors should think that this was meant of individual Jews, reintroduced from time to time into the family of God on their believing on the Lord Jesus, is surprising; and yet those who deny the national recovery of Israel must and do so interpret the apostle.