SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

THE GOODNESS AND SEVERITY OF GOD

by Jesse Hendley


THE GOODNESS AND SEVERITY OF GOD
Jesse M. Hendley
Romans 11


Anyone who understands the Book of Romans will certainly understand the Bible. Anyone who does not will certainly go amiss on God's Plan. We learn the great truth of GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS. We learn that the person who puts his faith in Christ has his sin question settled, and that there is no condemnation, no judgment, nothing ahead but glory for the child of God, so far as the salvation of his soul is concerned. Now we come to the 11th chapter. It starts with a great question. ''I say then, can God cast off His people?'' And the answer is, ''God forbid.'' Does God cast off some people, arbitrarily saving this one and rejecting that one, wholly apart from their own faith and belief? Paul says, ''God forbid.'' Even though people get away from God, God always has His Own in this world, even in times of great apostasy. You read in Christian history of times when the Light of God almost flickered out, God had so few left in this world. But at such times, God always has what is called ''His Remnant.'' Back in Elijah's day, it looked like God didn't have anybody left who really loved him. Elijah was praying and asking God about it. And God said to Elijah, ''I have left for Myself 7,000 men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.'' Well, the 7,000 were not living on Mount Carmel with Elijah; they were not living as close to God as Elijah. Yet they were still God's people. God always has His remnant. In these days also, God has His own on the earth. So although multitudes are going their own way, still God has His own people who will not bow their knee to the things of the world but love Him and put Him first in their hearts.

Now the remnant is saved by the grace of God, not by works. We are saved by the free favor of God, not by works, or any vision we may see, or some great experience, but by the GRACE of God. So, Paul says, if it is BY GRACE, it is NOT OF WORKS. His Grace is made good to us when we come t ...

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