Election III (Romans #20)

Text: Romans 11

God’s Faithful Election (Romans 11:1-11)

  • God is not done with Israel.
  • Beware of covenant theology saying the church has replaced Israel.
  • Election is representation.  Israel’s election of grace
    • Bad representatives of God versus good representatives of God (vss 1-4)
    • What would make an Israelite a bad representative of God?  That he would justify himself by the law so that it was not of grace.
  • Conditional election:
  • There are a very few who faithfully represent the grace of God in justification by faith
    • Most Jews still seek justification by the law and as long as they do they can’t be a part of the election of grace because they don’t represent the grace of God.
    • Verse 6 deals with the works vs grace
  • Promises belong to the faithful remnant.
    • Who do Israel’s national promises apply to, the unfaithful or the faithful?
    • Verse 7 – Faithful Israel receives the promises of God and accurately represents God in this earth, but unbelieving Israel has no part in the election anymore because how they sought righteousness.
    • Isaiah 10:20-22
  • Elijah and the faithful prophets.
  • What made them an elect remnant?  What made them representatives of God?  They have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.  In other words they were seven thousand Israelites who faithfully represented God by staying out of idolatry.
  • Condition God put on the election of grace is that a soul would have to receive the righteousness of God by grace through faith; and there would be no other way to get God’s righteousness
  • Remnant of faithful representatives
    • Zechariah 8:12-13 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.  And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
  • Ethnic Israel’s failure to obtain God’s righteousness was not because they were chosen for damnation, but because they rejected God’s method of justification by faith
  • Those in Israel that failed did not fail because they were hardened, they hardened their necks against God because they didn’t like his method.
    • Jeremiah 7:26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
    • Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
    • Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
  • Romans 11:20 ...because of unbelief they were broken off… – the condition of election of grace

 

God’s Secret Election (Romans 11:12-25)

  • mystery was the Gentile election of grace
  • As dispensational believers, meaning we understand there are divisions in the scriptures, particularly independent Bible believing folks we can sometimes highlight so many differences between the church and Israel that we fail to see the similarities.
    • Justification by faith.  The law never justified any Israelite.  As Paul said, it was to point to the Lord Jesus Christ.  It was to bring conviction, not justification.
    • Abraham as an example.  Believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness.
    • Grace was always present
    • Habakkuk the just shall live by faith.  Hebrews 11 is about faith, it is written to the HEBREWS and highlights HEBREW faith.
  • Provocation of Israel
    • God would show Israel how serious he is about justification by faith that he would take people religious Israel clearly didn’t think deserve salvation and extend his righteousness to them (us)
    • Jonah would be a great picture of religious Israel and their attitude toward Gentiles receiving the mercy of God.
    • We all love God’s grace when it’s shown to us, but with some people we don’t see how God could show grace.
    • Provoke Israel with a bunch of unclean Gentiles being justified.
  • Olive Tree Illustration
    • We get in on something that was given to Israel – graffed in.
    • Paul said of Israel in Romans 10:8, The word is nigh thee even in thy mouth.  Meaning you preach the scriptures every sabbath.   The words of eternal life come out of your mouths, but you don’t believe them.
    • branches broken off because of unbelief (conditional election) – 11:20.  And you and I are a part of this because we believed what God said.  Not because of anything we did or because of any redeeming qualities we had.  Thou standest by faith.  Be not highminded, but fear:
    • Believing Israel to be graffed back in – again reminding the reader that God is not done with Israel.  But what he is doing now is

God’s Wise Election (Romans 11:26-36)

  • Through a believing remnant God would show his deliverance and bring in righteousness, godliness, and holiness
    • endureth to the end shall be saved – staying faithful in the tribulation.  Massive falling away due to the strong delusion that God will send
    • Saved is delivered – be careful how the word saved is used.  It always means delivered, but the question in the verse is delivered from what.  Saved doesn’t always mean saved from Hell fire.
  • vss 33-36 – God’s riches of wisdom and knowledge.
    • God is always ten steps ahead of whatever is going on including the disobedient.
    • Who advised God on anything?  No, you believe him.
    • Who loaned anything to God that God owed?  No one obligated God to them.
    • Nothing is outside of the Lord Jesus Christ.  About the time you think you’ve found a place he isn’t, there he is.