October 25th

Romans 11-12

  • 11:1-2 – We can’t swing the pendulum too far the other way and assume that God now rejects all Jews because they’re not gentiles. God saves people regardless of their background.
  • 11:11-12 – This is very interesting! The question is did God put blinders on the Israelites so they wouldn’t believe and salvation would have to be opened up the gentiles? Because of the Israelites had been faithful, God may not have needed to open salvation up to others.
  • 11:13-14 – This may seem like a strange technique, but if the Jews saw the new gentile Christian’s closeness to God, maybe they too would want to be saved.
  • 11:17-20 – Olive trees are unique in that new ones grow up alongside old ones and share their roots. So an olive tree being “grafted in” actually meant that it connected itself to the nourishment and life that the established tree already had.
  • 11:30-31 – Though it seemed unfair that the Israelites’ hearts had to be hardened for gentiles to have a chance at salvation, now it was coming full circle and gentiles were causing Jews to come to salvation.
  • 11:33 – We should all memorize this verse for the times when we’re confused at how God is working and wondering why he does things the way he does.
  • 12:1 – This is one of the main reasons it matters how we take care of our bodies. Our bodies should be one of our offerings to God.
  • 12:3-8 – As the Body of Christ, we come together with a variety of talents, skills, and opportunities to serve. None are more important than the other, they just present differently. This is why we are all necessary.

12:14-21 – Powerful verses on how we should treat one another

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