Romans 11:11-15 / A Future Hope (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on April 10, 2014

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This is the forty-fifth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Romans. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of April 6, 2014. This message deals with the future restoration of Israel, and its importance to the church. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Rom 11_11-15

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Romans 11:11-15

v.11:
Just because Israel has stumbled, does not mean that they have fallen. God is not through with them.

Like Israel, sometimes we have to suffer setbacks, but God has a plan for us and He will see it through to completion.

Philippians 1:6

Everything serves a purpose, even our setbacks, and the stumbling of Israel served two purposes:

To offer salvation to the gentiles.

To make Israel jealous.

The Jews fell short on their purpose, and that was to take the Gospel to the world.

Instead, they rejected Christ, and became an exclusive club.

The same thing has happened in many churches today.

Christ has been squeezed out, and they have become an exclusive club.

v.12:
With Israel, their failure to acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah and be God’s witness, resulted in the Gentile church being given that privilege.

God is bringing good out of an apparent evil.

Israel’s stumbling has opened the way for Gentile salvation on such a scale as to make Israel envious.

Acts 13:46-50

If their tragedy was beneficial to the world, their restoration will be even more so!

Israel will be saved, along with the gentiles.

Why is Israel’s future important to us?

The millennial kingdom, and God’s future restoration hinge on His promises to Israel, and the work He will do through them.

Israel will be restored for the millennium, in which the saved gentiles will enjoy great blessings.

Christ will establish His throne in Jerusalem.

The millennial reign will give way to the new earth, the perfection in which we will spend eternity.

So, without the redemption of Israel, so that they can fulfill their role, a crucial part of God’s plan falls apart.

vv.13-14:
Paul is addressing this to the gentiles, and expresses his great desire for the salvation of Israel.

That is his only motive.

v.15:
When Israel was cast away, the rest of the world was offered reconciliation.

When they are reclaimed, it will be as if Israel was raised from the dead

Life from the dead is exactly what Jesus offers.

Israel’s “acceptance” of Christ is related to “the first resurrection”

Rev. 20:4- 6

The first resurrection includes dead saints at the Rapture

1 Thes. 4:13-16

It includes the martyred Great Tribulation saints raised at Christ’s return.

Rev. 20:4, 5 b

It includes the believing Old Testament saints.

Dan. 12:1- 2

In short, it includes all who have died in faith.

The second resurrection will include all the wicked dead, who will be judged at the great white throne judgment.

This doesn’t occur until after the millennial reign, and the result is hell.

Rev. 20:5 a, 12- 13

We don’t want to get these two resurrections confused, Paul’s reference is to the first resurrection, which brings life.

The resurrection of Christ is, of course, a critical doctrine, which must be believed in order to be a Christian.

Without the resurrection, our faith is futile, and our sin still reigns.

1 Corinthians 15:16-17

It is key to our salvation.

Romans 10:9

It is key to our eternal life and hope.

1 Corinthians 15:17-19

Our Savior, who has defeated death, is more than capable of keeping His promises.

He is faithful, and will uphold Israel in her stumbling, and He will faithfully hold us when we stumble.

That is reason for great joy and celebration.

In what way can you make a renewed commitment to be faithful to a God who is faithful to you.

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