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Over and over in our study of Romans 8 we saw Paul applying to the Church the blessings that were originally promised to Israel. God is the faithful covenant keeping God. The problem is that His promises were misunderstood, they were to true Jews, not to national Israel:. But it is not as though the word of God has failed. Israel was entrusted with the oracles of God. They were to be the light of the world.
But Israel has been unfaithful. Has He given up on Israel and moved to the church? Does He keep His word? What is God going to do? The covenant faithfulness of God is revealed through one who will do and be what Israel should have done and been.
God will be faithful to the covenant with Abraham, through the one faithful Israelite—Jesus through whom the light will shine to all the world. Romans NASB. We talked last week about the fact that Paul is referring here not to Gentiles but to Israelites, the ten northern tribes. God has called Jews and Israelites just as He said He would. After saying this Paul then Jesus Was A Rollin Stone (Single Edit) - Incarnation - Jesus Was A Rollin Stone four passages from the Hebrew Scripture to support it, two from Hosea and two from Isaiah.
The thrust of these passages is the return from exile and restoration—thus dealing not with Gentiles but the house of Israel. God was bringing back a remnant from Israel and from Judah. So we can clearly say the word of God had not failed, God had promised to save a remnant from Israel and Judah, to reunite them into one body and He was in fact doing exactly that.
Remember the gospel is to the Jews first and then to the Gentiles. We see this in the book of Amos. Amos speaking to the Northern Kingdom of Israel, was written just prior to the ten Northern Tribes being carried off into captivity by Assyria. This happened in B. Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, and Amos are all contemporaries. The ten Northern Tribes had turned from God and God was going to judge them.
So the book of Amos is a warning of coming discipline concerning the nation Israel:. Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge, O house of Israel. She lies neglected on her land; There is none to raise her up.
Amos NASB. Notice what God says here of Israel, "She will not rise again. But next God promises a remnant:. For thus says the Lord GOD, "The city which goes forth a thousand strong Will have a hundred left, And the one which goes forth a hundred strong Will have ten left to the house of Israel. This is speaking of a remnant that will be left out of Israel. From a nationalistic view, as a physical people, Israel was to fall and not rise again.
But God said He would save a remnant. We see this in our text in Amos:. These verses proclaim the coming disciplinary judgment upon Israel; but Truc DMc - One Shot - Taxi 2, within them there is a bit of hope because when He says that He will destroy them from off the face of the earth He adds, "I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob.
This text speaks of God's judgment and destruction of Israel, which is not complete, and which is not permanent. He promised to return and to restore Israel, rebuilding it as in the days of old. But the restoration of the kingdom to Israel is not an exclusive blessing, only for the Jews.
It will be, God promises through Amos, a restoration which will enable the Gentiles to seek the Lord and worship Him. In Acts 15 at the Jerusalem counsel James confers that this is referring to Gentiles:. Notice how James quotes Amos As you study the promises of Gentile salvation through the Hebrew Scriptures, you'll find Jesus Was A Rollin Stone (Single Edit) - Incarnation - Jesus Was A Rollin Stone they are connected to the restoration of Israel.
Many prophecies that speak of Israel's restoration speak also of the promise of Gentile salvation, they go together:. Isaiah NASB. Let's look at Isaiah 60, this is a Messianic prophecy. It concerns the restoration of Israel; the calling of the Gentiles; and how the Gentiles would view restored Israel:. The word "nations" here could be and should be translated "Gentiles. Apart from the New Covenant truth, we would no doubt view these prophesies of restoration as physical; God restoring, redeeming national Israel.
But the New Testament writers give us the true meaning of these verses. Notice what God says to Israel Hate Black - Mystic Prophecy - Killhammer Isaiah:. If we were an Old Covenant Jew, we would understand this prophecy of Isaiah as our Gentile enemies being subservient to us.
But Jesus uses this verse and applies it to the Church Rev. Jesus said that the Old Covenant Jews were going to come and bow before the feet of the Church, the true Israel. So we see that Conjoined - Skin Graft - Activity Intolerance of the prophesies given to Israel are spiritually Take A Look - Bonnie Guitar - Queen Of Country in the Church, the new Israel of God.
God will have mercy on only a remnant of the house of Israel. So then He has mercy on whom He Nighttime In The Abyss - Amongst The Dead (File, Album, MP3), and He hardens whom He desires. But Yahweh will not only have mercy on a remnant of the house of Israel, He will also have mercy on Gentiles:. What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; Romans NASB.
Paul gives us the answer in verses and it is surprisingly simple. We know who is chosen and who is not chosen by how they respond to Jesus. The chosen believe! In Isaiah when the prophet celebrates the righteousness of God he continually goes back to God's covenant faithfulness.
God's dikaiosune is that aspect of His character because of which, despite Israel's sin and consequent banishment, God will remain true to the covenant with Abraham. Metaphorically, to seek eagerly. The Gentiles who made no effort, got it.
This reinforces what Paul said in:. So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. The reason that Gentiles attained righteousness can be attributed to one thing alone: the mercy of God. We must not stray from this vital truth. Salvation is nothing less than a sovereign act of God in mercy toward sinners. So how did the Gentiles attain covenant membership? God pursued Gentiles by grace. Nothing in them, nothing around them, nothing worthy, and not even right motive helped them.
But God, rich in mercy and the great love with which He loved us, pursued Gentile sinners to save them by grace Eph. But understand that we only respond in faith because God gives us the faith:. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians NASB. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. Israel David Bowie - Space Oddity / The Man Who Sold The World righteousness, covenant membership, but they never arrived at it.
Paul indicates that the Jews pursued righteousness in that way. Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They viewed their obedience to the law as the means to produce righteousness.
If you want to live by the law, you must do it; not try to do itnot intend to do itand not even want to do it. No, it is only the man who does them who shall live by them. Paul cites this text as Jesus Was A Rollin Stone (Single Edit) - Incarnation - Jesus Was A Rollin Stone that the governing principle for law-keepers is works, not faith. If one chooses to live under law, then he must operate within the governing principle of works, while one who chooses grace must live by faith.
Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. What kind of Law excludes boasting? They were the things which the Torah prescribed, which marked out the Jew as different from his pagan neighbor. The works of the Law referred to three things in particular: circumcision, the Sabbath, and the purity laws. And these were all things that the Jews boasted in.
Covenant membership, righteousness, is not by human effort.
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