06 May There’s Always Hope!
Romans 11:11-24 – So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean! Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.
Paul ends this section with a note of hope that, although the Jews had largely stumbled over the gospel of Jesus, they have not fallen so as to be without hope. As they see the power and kindness of God demonstrated in believing Gentiles, Paul hopes that Israel will grow desirous to return to their Messiah and be a blessing to all the nations.
Furthermore, Paul is Jewish and given the mission of being the apostle to the Gentiles and it is his heart’s desire that there will be a large-scale conversion of Jews to Jesus, and that the Gentile believers would even be a part of that evangelistic ministry.
Say a prayer for those who were part of Abraham’s physical family who have turned their back on a relationship with Jesus, that they would turn from their wicked ways and be grafted back in to Abraham’s spiritual family.
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