Conversion of the Jews
A Sermon on Romans 11:28-32
As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. (ESV)
In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Romans 11:28-32 and provides insightful teaching regarding Israel and how to interpret certain genres of Scripture, such as prophecy. The true Israel, he says, is a spiritual Israel. While this true Israel has sometimes been a remnant, there will come a time when this will no longer be the case, as Paul writes in this section in Romans. But when will this be? How are we to analyze passages of Scripture that have a prophetic aspect to them? First, we cannot read prophecy and expect to be provided with incredible detail every time. Jesus told us this in Acts about the future date of His second coming, saying that it was not for the disciples to concern themselves with figuring out the precise timing of His arrival. Sometimes it is just a general prophecy that is provided and we are not given the specific details. Second, our greatest danger, warns Dr. Lloyd-Jones, is to read things into the text that simply are not there. If you have walked in Christian circles for any amount of time, you have probably seen examples of this as some claim that certain prophecies are being fulfilled when, in fact, the passage doesn’t address anything similar! Dr. Lloyd-Jones concludes by reminding us of the ultimate message and purpose behind this section of Paul’s writing and what it was not intended to communicate.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.