Book of Romans
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Approaching Romans 11 in spirit and in its setting; its new emphasis; major divisions and lessons.
The rejection of Israel not total; arguments showing this to be the case; the first considered; Paul's own conversion; the identity of God's people in verses 1-2.
The second argument; the existence of a remnant; the example of Elijah and lessons; the election of grace; the battle not ours but God's numbers not decisive; God's purposes sure.
Israel's earnest seeking after God; judicial blindness; scriptural precedents; blessings turned to curses; reasons for this; a wrong seeking after righteousness.
What is meant by judicial blindness or hardening; how it is accomplished; the example of Pharaoh; lessons for today; revival.
The lesson of the imprecatory psalms; objections to them stated; the place of the Old Testament; the inspiration of the Scriptures; David's character vindicated; punishment; the justice of God.
The second major division of the chapter; analysis of verses 11-32; the Jews' stumbling not a final fall; salvation has come to the Gentiles; to provoke the Jews to emulation.
Reasons why the Jews were permitted to stumble at the Gospel; the enrichment of the Gentiles; the meaning of 'diminishing' and 'fulness'.
Paul is writing as a prophet; verse 11 and 12 a great seminal statement; lessons from this; persistence of the Jews as a nation; the ways of God with individuals and nations; provoking others to emulation; nothing too hard for God.
Reasons for focusing on the Jews; ways in which Paul magnified his ministry; his concern for both Jews and Gentiles; lessons for preachers.