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Romans 11

New Living Translation (NLT)

God’s Mercy on Israel

11 I ask, then, has God rejected his own people, the nation of Israel? Of course not! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham and a member of the tribe of Benjamin.

No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning. Do you realize what the Scriptures say about this? Elijah the prophet complained to God about the people of Israel and said, Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”[a]

And do you remember God’s reply? He said, “No, I have 7,000 others who have never bowed down to Baal!”[b]

It is the same today, for a few of the people of Israel[c] have remained faithful because of God’s grace—his undeserved kindness in choosing them. And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.

So this is the situation: Most of the people of Israel have not found the favor of God they are looking for so earnestly. A few have—the ones God has chosen—but the hearts of the rest were hardened. As the Scriptures say,

“God has put them into a deep sleep.
To this day he has shut their eyes so they do not see,
    and closed their ears so they do not hear.”[d]

Likewise, David said,

“Let their bountiful table become a snare,
    a trap that makes them think all is well.
Let their blessings cause them to stumble,
    and let them get what they deserve.
10 Let their eyes go blind so they cannot see,
    and let their backs be bent forever.”[e]

11 Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves. 12 Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it.

13 I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this, 14 for I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have, so I might save some of them. 15 For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead! 16 And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too.

17 But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree. 18 But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root.

19 “Well,” you may say, “those branches were broken off to make room for me.” 20 Yes, but remember—those branches were broken off because they didn’t believe in Christ, and you are there because you do believe. So don’t think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen. 21 For if God did not spare the original branches, he won’t[f] spare you either.

22 Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in his kindness. But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off. 23 And if the people of Israel turn from their unbelief, they will be grafted in again, for God has the power to graft them back into the tree. 24 You, by nature, were a branch cut from a wild olive tree. So if God was willing to do something contrary to nature by grafting you into his cultivated tree, he will be far more eager to graft the original branches back into the tree where they belong.

God’s Mercy Is for Everyone

25 I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters,[g] so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. 26 And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say,

“The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem,[h]
    and he will turn Israel[i] away from ungodliness.
27 And this is my covenant with them,
    that I will take away their sins.”[j]

28 Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 29 For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. 30 Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead. 31 Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share[k] in God’s mercy. 32 For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.

33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!

34 For who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
    Who knows enough to give him advice?[l]
35 And who has given him so much
    that he needs to pay it back?[m]

36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.

 

 

 

Chapter 13

 

Would God Be Prejudice Within His Own Family???????

Do you really think that it is God’s will for two men

setting on the same church pew,

 both children of God, both members of the family of God,

 one is blessed with much while the other suffers much need and want???

 

What natural man that really loves his children would

 give one much while the other looks on suffering· · · · , doing without.

God Cares About The Spiritual, Mental & Physical Condition

of All His Children Equally. He Has Placed In Our Hands,

 The body of Christ, The Job Of Carrying Out His Will.

We Need To Be Willing To Look Around And Be Accountable

 As to How Good Of A Job We Are Doing In All Three Areas.

Do You Think A Natural Man’s Care For His Son,

Would Be Greater Than That Of God

 

(Luke 15:11 NKJV)  

(11) Then He said: "A certain man had two sons.

(12) "And the younger of them said to his father,

 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.'

So he divided to them his livelihood.

(13) "And not many days after,

the younger son gathered all together,

journeyed to a far country,

and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.

(14) "But when he had spent all,

there arose a severe famine in that land,

 and he began to be in want.

(15) "Then he went and joined

 himself to a citizen of that country,

and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

 (16) "And he would gladly have filled

 his stomach with the pods that the swine ate,

 and no one gave him anything.

(17) "But when he came to himself, he said,

'How many of my father's hired servants

have bread enough and to spare,

and I perish with hunger!

 (18) 'I will arise and go to my father,

 and will say to him,

"Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,

(19) "and I am no longer worthy to be called your son.

Make me like one of your hired servants."'

 (20) "And he arose and came to his father.

 But when he was still a great way off,

his father saw him and had compassion,

and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.

(21) "And the son said to him, 'Father,

 I have sinned against heaven and in your sight,

 and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

 (22) "But the father said to his servants,

 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him,

 and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.

 (23) 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill it,

and let us eat and be merry;

 (24) 'for this my son was dead and is alive again;

he was lost and is found.'

And they began to be merry. (

25) "Now his older son was in the field.

And as he came and drew near to the house,

 he heard music and dancing.

(26) "So he called one of the servants and

asked what these things meant.

(27) "And he said to him,

'Your brother has come,

 and because he has received him safe and sound,

your father has killed the fatted calf.'

(28) "But he was angry and would not go in.

 Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.

(29) "So he answered and said to his father,

'Lo, these many years I have been serving you;

I never transgressed your commandment at any time;

 and yet you never gave me a young goat,

 that I might make merry with my friends.

 (30) 'But as soon as this son of yours came,

who has devoured your livelihood with harlots,

 you killed the fatted calf for him.'

(31) "And he said to him,

'Son, you are always with me,

and all that I have is yours.

(32) 'It was right that we should make merry and be glad,

 for your brother was dead and is alive again,

and was lost and is found.'"

 

Many times, when individuals and families come to God through the church,

either for the first time or they are returning from a back sliding life.  

 Many times they are back because they have made a mess of their life

 and have ended up living in the swine pits of this world.

Would our ministry to them not be three fold,

 spiritual, mental and physical needs.

' Should we not take the example of this

earthly father and treat our new or

 our returning brothers and sisters in the Lord the same.

(22) "But the father said to his servants,

'Bring out the best robe and put it on him,

and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.

(23) 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill it,

and let us eat and be merry;"

Would we not do this daily, does not God’s Word

mean the same yesterday, today and forever.

 How quick we get caught up in our on little worlds and

forget tomorrow is another day.

 How many time have we given those in need special gifts

on Thanksgiving and Christmas and forget

they live another 363 days each year.

We Go home to our homes, our cars, our many

 closets of clothes and other worldly treasures,

 pull our curtains and live our own individual

separate lives, separate from the whole,

 the rest of the Body of Christ.

"What does it profit, my brethren,

if someone says he has faith but does not have works?"

How many different examples could God have chosen

 to explain what faith is.

He could have used the example of Peter walking on the water

or maybe the of the feeding the five thousand from

 a single basket of fish and bread.

 But God chose to use this simple example

that he wants us as Christians to do daily.

Does God do anything that does not have

 a profound meaning attached to it.

This theme is profound all through the Bible.

 

(James 2:14 – 18 NKJV)

(14) What does it profit, my brethren,

 if someone says he has faith but does not have works?

 Can faith save him?

(15) If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,

(16) and one of you says to them,

 "Depart in peace,

be warmed and filled,"

but you do not give them the things

 which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

 (17) Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

(18) But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works."

Show me your faith without your works,

and I will show you my faith by my works.

 

You think that the works here

 are only to be done twice a year,

or possibly daily.

 

 

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Romans 12

 New Living Translation (NLT)

A Living Sacrifice to God

12 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Because of the privilege and authority[c] God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.[d] Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[f] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
    I will pay them back,”[g]
    says the Lord.

20 Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
    If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
    burning coals of shame on their heads.”[h]

21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.