Sunday, August 24, 2014

Paul's Epistles Part 28 – Restoration

Paul's Epistles
Part 28 – Restoration
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

INTRODUCTION
We are going to look at the Epistles of Paul in this series of sermons. In Chapter 10 we looked at Paul telling us about Righteousness. The Remnant of Israel, Gentiles, the Engrafted Branches,

Today we will take a look at Restoration.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE Romans 11:25-32

25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written:

“The deliverer will come from Zion;
    he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is[f] my covenant with them
    when I take away their sins.”[g]

28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.








                   I.            DO NOT BE IGNORANT
a.      Israel has turned from God, but so have you
                                                                         i.      So do not wonder how God can forgive Israel after all the Gentiles have come into the fold

                                                                      ii.      Do not wonder at how they can reject Christ now, and turn from God and His Word, yet in the end, at Christ's Second Coming, be accepted, and forgiven.


b.     Israel had God's Word for over 4,000 years
                                                                         i.      What happened? How could they NOT accept Jesus as Christ?

                                                                      ii.      Conceit!


c.      The Sadducees and Pharisees (Sanhedrin)
                                                                         i.      Their traditions had made void the Word of God because of Conceit

                                                                      ii.      They expanded on God's given law, putting a heavy burden upon God's people that they themselves did not keep.

                                                                   iii.      They believed themselves to be superior to other Jews, and even more so above Gentiles.



               II.            DO NOT BE CONCEITED
a.      We are in the Church Age
                                                                         i.      Time of the Gospel of Christ and the Gentiles

                                                                      ii.      Do not be conceited because Israel has fallen away, do not think you are better than them, or those who are still lost in sin.


b.     Israel will continue to reject Christ as Messiah
                                                                         i.      Until the last Gentile has come into the fold

                                                                      ii.      THEN, the Second Coming will commence


                                                                   iii.      And Israel will see Christ as the Messiah and accept Him as Lord, and be forgiven of their sins and receive Salvation.


c.      The Second Coming of Christ
                                                                         i.      This is the mystery Paul says we are to not be ignorant of, that, though Israel (the Jews) have rejected Christ for a season, they will still have another chance to accept Him and be saved.



            III.            THEY TOO WILL RECEIVE GODS MERCY
a.      God's promise is irrevocable
                                                                         i.      Whether you are a Jew rejecting Christ now and accepting Him later, or a Gentile who rejected Christ for years, then accepted Him as Savior.

                                                                      ii.      God's Promise stands, and as long as there is breath in your body, you can accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.


b.     Israel rejects now, as you once did
                                                                         i.      Rejection leads to the second death, but returning to the Lord leads to eternal life.

                                                                      ii.      Remember, when the Gospel came to the Gentiles, they had been rejecting God for over 4,000 years.

                                                                   iii.      Yet, they now receive God's Mercy and Forgiveness


c.      For we have ALL sinned (so that God may show His mercy and forgiveness), and fall short of God's Glory (God's 10 Commands).
                                                                         i.      Whether Jew or Gentile, accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is the only way to receive God's Mercy and Forgiveness.







CONCLUSION

Regardless of how long you may or may not have rejected Jesus as Lord, you must turn to Him, confess and repent. Only then will your sins be forgiven and you may be counted among His flock, to receive eternal life.






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