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"Redeemed For His Pleasure"

May 21, 2017

Pastor/Teacher Roger Redmond

Romans 11:1-12

The ways and wisdom of God are unsearchable; they are past our finding out, Rom 11:33  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  Rom 11:34  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

God has always looked for a people to know Him, honour Him, believe Him and follow Him.  That is His desire in the call of Abraham.  But there is more here, than just the forming of the Jewish nation; Gen 12:2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Deu_14:2  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. In the wisdom of God, that call to Abraham spans centuries and comes down to include us in the church age. Abraham is the Father of all who believe, Rom_4:16  Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

Salvation by Faith has always been preached

Gal_3:8  And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.  Rom 4:13  For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Believing God through His Word is counted for righteousness.  It was with Abraham, Romans 4:21-22 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. It is with us today, Romans 4:23 - 25 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

It was Christ that Moses trusted, Heb 11:26  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

Salvation has always been to the individual by Grace

Israel missed Christ coming as their Saviour because they received not His word. Rom 10:21  But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. It was through their unbelief they were broken off as a nation.  But even in that there is the remnant of grace, Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And they are not cast away.  After the church is taken out and the tribulation comes to an end all Israel will be saved but even then it will be the individual who believes.  Nations are made up of people; nations are saved by the people being saved.

Both Jew and Gentile are one in the Church

Eph 2:14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Definition of enmity: From Webster's 1828 Dictionary Enmity EN'MITY, noun 

1. The quality of being an enemy; the opposite of friendship; ill will; hatred; unfriendly dispositions; malevolence. It expresses more than aversion and less than malice, and differs from displeasure in denoting a fixed or rooted hatred, whereas displeasure is more transient. I will put enmity between thee and the woman. Genesis 3:15.The carnal mind is enmity against God.Romans 8:7. 2. A state of opposition.The friendship of the world is enmity with God. James 4:4.

What is slain is  the enmity between Jew and Gentile and the enmity  between the sinner and God. Enmity is the wickedness of our own heart.  God has offered to you reconciliation in the cross.  In short you have been reconciled to, 2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. Because of the cross, 2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; ...." you are urged to come near to God.  The only obstacle would be on your part and that being unbelief.  Everything else has been taken out of the way and nailed to His Cross.  Col 2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Salvation is by Grace through faith but people seek it by works

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Many people will miss salvation because they seek it by works and not by Grace.  It is by faith that it might be by grace, Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; That is why the nation of Israel missed the Gospel, Romans 11:7-8 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded   (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. The election being those who believed.

Paul said, " I am a Jew and I am saved " I believed, Romans 11:1  I 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. The Jews had the scriptures but they heard not what the scriptures said.  They held the scriptures in high esteem but refused to come to Christ. The nation of Israel assumed and presumed that because of all these advantageous they were righteous, Rom 3:1  What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Rom 3:2  Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. But yet they did not seek the LORD by faith,

Romans 10: 1-4 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Have you submitted yourself to the righteousness of God? 2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Romans 10:9-10  is the answer to man's dilemma  about salvation by grace through faith: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The Church (the believer)is to be a peculiar people

Tit_2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

The one who believes on Him is a special treasure unto Him.  The word peculiar means: a people for God's own possession.  It is hard to capture the Bible sense of this word "peculiar" .  There is a meaning captured in these words, of description, concerning the one who believes on Him as their Saviour that you should think upon.  "...a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:"

"They are a people which he has secured as a possession, or as his own; a people, therefore, which belong to him, and to no other. In this sense they are special as being His; and, being such, it may be inferred that they should be special in the sense of being unlike others (unique) in their manner of life. But that idea is not necessarily in the text. There seems to be here also an allusion to Exo_19:5; “Ye shall be a peculiar treasure with me (Septuagint λαὸς περιούσιος  laos periousios) above all people.” From Barnes off e sword. notes on 1 Peter 2:9

Not only are we a treasure unto Him but we have Him as a treasure in our own bodies, 2Co 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

In exchange for our faith in Him as our Saviour, at the moment of believing on Him,  we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and sealed by Him, Eph1 :12-14That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

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