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A Remnant According to Election (13 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
TEXT: Romans 11:1-36
INTRODUCTION: Our last lesson last week was ''God's Simple Plan of Salvation,'' coming from Romans, chapter 10.
Tonight's lesson has to do with Israel's election, the saving of a remnant...that God would spare the Jews. Not only would He spare the Jews, but in His grace and mercy, He would also save the Gentiles, grafting them into Israel, represented by the Olive Tree. God promised Abraham, ''In thee shall all the nations of the world would be blessed.''
Let me give you an outline...
I. ABRAHAMS'S PEOPLE (VV. 1-6)
A. He hath not Cast them Away (vv. 1-5a)
1. Paul uses the story of Elijah, when he was hiding in a cave from Jezebel. Elijah thought he was the only prophet left alive; but God told him there were still 7,000 men who had not bowed the knee to Baal. In the same way, the Lord is saying there is still a remnant of Israel who have not bowed to the altar of unbelief. Again, in vs. 5, it says, ''...even so, then at this present time there is a remnant'' of Israel, those who have believed and those who will yet believe. Of course, the same is true today. Most people have rejected God. They will not have Him rule in their lives; however, thank God, there are those who, by faith, have turned to Christ...many are coming to Him as we speak.
B. He hath Saved Them by Grace (vv. 5b, 6)
1. Election is by grace--salvation is by grace. It is
completely by God that a man is saved; it is not
something that can be worked for or earned. It is God's unmerited favor to us. No man will ever be in heaven who will be able to say, ''Look what I've done to get here.'' The Bible says in Romans 3:24, ''Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.'' The only part we have in our salvation is belief, that we are willing to believe the gospel story and accept Christ into our lives. Remember, a man ...
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