Introduction to Romans 11
A Sermon on Romans 11:1-36
Israel Has Not Been Rejected
1I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? Far from it! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know …
1I 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. 2God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he …
In this sermon on Romans 11:1–36 titled “Introduction,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones urges the listener to lay aside prejudices and traditions and to come to God’s word in an attitude of reverence. All Scripture is the very word of God. The major themes of this chapter are salvation, faith, and the people of Israel. While there are many differing interpretations of this passage, we still must never approach Scripture in an overly intellectual manner that causes only debates and divisions. God’s word is given to build up the church and strengthen the believer’s faith. Paul is concerned that the church in Rome and, by inclusion, all Christians should come to a proper understanding of God and His salvation that He has given in Christ. Dr. Lloyd-Jones addresses questions such as what is the relation between Jew and Gentile, what is the future of the Jewish people, and what does it mean to be justified by faith? All these questions have immense significance for the Christian life and the life of the church. Christianity and theology is not simply about abstract intellectual ideas but it is about knowing God.
- The sermon covers Romans 11, which is one of the notable chapters in the Bible. The chapter has depth and difficulty, requiring careful study.
- It is important to approach this chapter with the right spirit - with reverence, not excitement or a desire to prove one's own view. There is an element of mystery in this chapter.
- Romans 9-11 form a unit, dealing with the question of the Jews' rejection of the gospel and relationship to God's plan. Romans 9-10 explain the Jews' current position; Romans 11 looks to the future.
- Romans 11 asks whether God has rejected His people Israel. The answer is no - God has always preserved a remnant.
- The rejection of Israel as a nation is not final. There is a possibility, probability and certainty of their restoration.
- We must remember that Paul is speaking of Israel as an entity, not necessarily every individual. We must distinguish the nation as a whole from individuals within it.
- Notice the logical progression and sequence of Paul's argument, his use of Scripture to prove his points, and his apt illustrations. Though handling lofty theology, Paul remains practical.
- Paul's overarching concern is for God's glory. Everything must serve and minister to God's glory.
- This passage has relevance for us today. The persistence of the Jewish people despite persecution shows the truth of Scripture. This passage gives a view of God's plan for history and its certainty. It should give us comfort in difficult times.
- We should pray for open eyes to see and understand God's glorious plan and purpose.
The Book of Romans
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.