About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Will Be Saved (ch.11:25-36)
verse 25 Paul says, "I do not want you to be ignorant of this
book of Romans is a defense of what constitutes salvation so that no one will be
ignorant of the truth.
Part of the salvation message is the salvation for both Jews and
what Paul has said in early chapters he does not want people to be ignorant of
the fact that God is not finished with the Jews as people, or,
specific reason why Paul is now speaking to the issue of
verses 25 and 26 Paul goes on to say that
verses 25 and 26 Paul goes on to say that
thinking of prophecy and the book of Revelation, I believe there will be
Gentiles saved during the Great Tribulation.
I see this being the great multitude seen in Revelation 7:9 and
I'm right on this point, then during the Great Tribulation there will be a vast
number of people getting saved, as I've mentioned earlier.
At some point during the time of tribulation the last Gentile will be
at the return of Jesus those Jews who are not killed by enemy forces will be
saved upon seeing their Messiah return in the sky.
If you read the last few chapters of Zechariah you'll see that to be
makes a dramatic statement in verse 26.
He says, "All Israel
will be saved."
Once the fullness of Gentiles comes into the faith, all
in this verse as Christians, both
verses 26 and 27 Paul quotes from Isaiah 59:20 and 21 and Isaiah 27:9 when he
says, "the Deliverer will come ... and this is my covenant with them, when
I will take away their (IsraelĎs) sins."
This covenant was spoken to Abraham, confirmed with Isaac, Jacob, Joseph,
and others all the way through the Old Testament, including King David and the
you read Zechariah 12 through the end of the book, you'll see Israel's deliverance. The
point is made that they have never been delivered in the way these promises
Godís covenant, His promises of the Old Testament, is still meant for the
Jews, not for a spiritual Israel
we call the church.
verses 28 Paul says that concerning the gospel, the Jews are enemies to the
Gentile believers. The
Jews are enemies because they oppose the Gentile Christians.
Paul then says that even though the Jews are the Gentiles enemies, they
are loved by God because of the patriarchs.
What does this mean?
The word "patriarchs" refer to the fathers of
word "election" here refers to the fact that God has chosen the Jews,
or "elected" the Jews to be special priestly nation to the nations of
the world. That
was God's plan for Israel
all along, which by the way, will be fulfilled during the thousand year rule of
Jesus on earth. The
Greek word translated as "election" here u is "ekloge",
which means "to choose".
It was God's choice to pick Abraham from all the other men of the world.
Abraham did nothing that was worth God calling him to be the father of a
great nation. Abraham
was later "declared" as a righteous man, not be he was righteous but
because he simply believed all the things that God had promised him.
Abraham was not righteous when God first called him.
Abraham was never really righteous.
He even doubted at times that God would help his wife Sarah have a baby
boy, thus the birth of Ishmael from his wife's slave girl.
God simply declared Abraham as righteous, as He declares us as righteous
today, assuming we believe as Abraham believed.
verse 29 Paul says that Godís gifts and His call are irrevocable.
This is very important when refuting the false doctrine of Replacement
means that if God made a promise to Abraham and to his descendents, that promise
will be fulfilled in them, and not in anyone else.
God called Abraham's descendents
30 and 31 make it clear.
The Gentiles now have the opportunity for salvation due to God's
sovereign choice. The
Jews will once again have their opportunity, also by God's sovereign choice.
There is still hope for the Jews, and even more than hope.
There is God's promise of a great future for Israel.
holding to Replacement Theology say that God
32 says, "God has bound all men over to disobedience so that He can have
mercy on all men."
We have seen this picture earlier in Romans.
Paul proves beyond a doubt that all men have fallen way short of Godís
intention for them.
All mankind are sinners.
Here Paul says that God has bound all men over to their own disobedience.
God has allowed all men to stray as far as they want from Him, yet in so
doing, God will have mercy on all men.
of the use of the words "all men" in verse 31 some people believe that
all mankind will eventually be saved.
That's a nice thought but the Bible just doesn't make that claim.
We must understand the word "all" in both its immediate context
and the context of the whole Bible.
God will show his mercy to all men.
Jesus died on the cross in an act of mercy for all men, but only those
who embrace God's mercy and receive it will be saved.
ends chapter 11 with a doxology.
It is as if he has finished his discourse and now ends it with great
words about God. In
one sense he has ended his argument of faith and salvation.
In another sense he must have been so overjoyed by what he was writing
that he broke into praise for the Lord.
ends this part of his letter by saying, "O, the depth of the riches, the
wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!
Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Who has ever given to God that God should repay him?
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen."
We see how Paul views God here.
He has given his life to Elohim, the creator God, who is Lord above all
These are the words from a man who really knew God and the Lord Jesus Christ in a way very few of us have ever known God. These aren't superficial words. This is a great enduring theological treatise. You see the greatness of God in comparison to the wretchedness of man. God is beyond our knowing, but through the Lord Jesus Christ, we both know of God and know God.
verse 33 Paul is basically saying that it is impossible for us to know the depth
of God's riches and knowledge.
What riches Paul might be talking about is debatable. One thing we know
and that is God is rich in every way, and His riches is far beyond being
don't think Paul is thinking of any kind of material wealth here.
The wealth I believe Paul is speaking about is in fact the wealth of who
unsearchable are His judgments", Paul says.
The words "His judgments" simply means "His
makes decisions. The
reason for all of His decisions is simply beyond our ability to know. We may
think we know, but we don't.
It's only a fool who believes he knows why God decides what He does at
any given time.
Paul says that God's paths are beyond tracing, they really are.
We know a bit about God's paths since creation, since Genesis 1:1, but
remember, God is eternal. There is more to where God has been prior to creation
that where He has been since creation.
God created all of the heavenly host of angelic beings prior to Genesis
1. We know
very little of the angelic world.
We only see hints in the Bible. Beyond the angelic world, we know nothing
of anything God created prior to that.
We just know very little of what God Almighty has done.
verse 34 Paul asks, "Who has known the mind of the Lord."
In context the word "Lord" here means God, not Jesus.
No one knows the mind of God except Jesus.
I often hear people talk as if they know the mind of God.
Again, only fools talk like this.
is totally right when he says that no one has ever counseled God on any matter.
It's nonsense to even entertain the idea that someone has sat down with
God and gave Him any kind of advice.
verse 35 Paul says that no one has ever given God anything that He needs to
owes us nothing. This
is where I believe the Prosperity Gospel has it all wrong.
God owes us nothing.
What He gives us; He does so out of love and grace, not out of a sense of
you want to think in terms of God owing us something, the closes thing one could
think of is that God owes us the judgment of the Lake
verse 36 Paul says that all things come from God, they go through Him and they
return to Him. This
is beyond our ability to comprehend.
All, things, whether spiritual, material, or any other kind of thing we
don't know of, not only come from God, they somehow pass through Him and return
to Him. This
almost sounds like Pantheism which believes that all of creation is in fact God,
or, part of God. I
don't believe in Pantheism.
I believe that God is separate from His creation.
I think the Genesis account makes that clear.
For example, God created man in a shadowy image of Himself.
I believe that implies that man as a created being is separate from the
in light of who God is, who we just saw, you can be assured that what He says
about His people Israel will certainly be as He says.
now builds on what he has said in the previous 11 chapters.
In light of all that he has taught, he tells the Roman believers how they
should live, both with their fellow believers and with those unbelievers they
see every day in the