by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 11:1-15 (16 of 25)
Harley Howard

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.

Given the nature of Paul's arguments in chapters 9-10,
one may think that Paul concluded that God was
finished with the Jew for good! So Paul asked and
answered the question in very strong fashion. Has God
therefore thrusted away and rejected His people? Is
God through with the Jew? The answer? God forbid!
May the very idea never come into existence! Paul
goes on to use himself as evidence that God has not
cast away His people for he himself was a Jew, the
offspring of Abraham and of the tribe of Benjamin.
God was not finished with the Jew at all. If God was
finished with the Jew then obviously Paul would have
been included, for he was no doubt Jewish!

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,

Now here is as clear a statement as can be and this
answers the question posed by many people who today do
believe that God is finished with the Jewish race.
There are some who believe that so much so that they
believe that the church is a new Israel. That kind of
belief is old nonsense! The church is the church, the
Gentiles are the Gentiles, and the Jews are the Jews.
No one has replaced anyone! This three-fold division
is seen in 1st Corinthians 10:32. Clearly there are
distinctions that existed and the same is true today.
God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew, or
elected. Remember God still has a plan for Israel and
we will see that clearly in this chapter. In fact, we
have already been looking at it in Romans 9 and 10.

Paul used an example that was very familiar to his
readers—an example of a man who also thought that God
was through with the Jews duri ...

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