Part 15 – The Amazing Grace of the Sovereign God
Series: The Book of Romans
Lesson: Part 15 – The Amazing Grace of the Sovereign God
Speaker: Ptr. Reyzel Cayanan
Text: Romans 11:28-30 (KJV)
Service: New Life Bible Class
Date: July 28, 2016
BOOK OF ROMANS CHAPTER 11
Lesson No. 29 THE AMAZING GRACE OF THE SOVEREIGN GOD
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: —Romans 11:28-30—
God’s dealing with man from the beginning is always of grace—His unmerited favor and His loving kindness to a fallen race. Perhaps the greatest benefit of the fall of man is that we learned of His grace coming out of His unconditional perfect love. God showed His grace to Israel by choosing her to be His own and through her the Messiah came. The Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah not realizing that the Lord Jesus is the very epitome of the grace of God.
A. His amazing grace is shown despite the Jew’s rejection of the prophets of God and of Jesus (vv.1-4; 1 Sam. 12:22). The example during Elijah’s time can attest to this (1 Kings 19:18).
B. His amazing grace is distinct and opposite of all human efforts even if it is done in debt of gratitude (vv.5-10).
1. Salvation is according to the “election of grace.”
2. Grace if mixed with works is no longer grace.
3. Warning to those who continue to reject the grace of God.
C. His amazing grace shifted salvation to the Gentiles (vv.11-16).
1. Because of Israel’s rejection to provoke them to jealousy.
2. Brought riches to the Gentiles but when the Jews choose to believe in Jesus as Messiah then it will “enrich the world.”
3. The example of the offering of first fruits is given. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were the first fruits of His grace and their forbears who believed were the lump.
D. His amazing grace joined the believing Gentiles to the believing Jews (vv.17-24).
1. The wild olive tree grafted to the good olive tree.
2. The promise also given that those (Jews) who reject can still be grafted in when they believe.
3. The attitude then of the gentile believers should be that of humility and graciousness.
4. The realization of the severity and the goodness of God. His grace should not be taken lightly.
E. His amazing grace is the assurance that God will fulfill His covenant with Israel (vv.25-32).
1. Here is implied our personal salvation and the salvation of the nation of Israel.
2. God allows unbelief for them to realize God’s mercy.
3. God’s sovereignty dictates that God never changes His will.
God’s amazing grace should cause us to be amazed of His wisdom and to give Him all the glory (vv. 33-36). Apostle Paul remembered the words of the Old Testament in Psalm 92:5, Jeremiah 23:18, Job 41:11 in speaking of God’s wisdom (His ability to perform) and His knowledge (His perfect comprehension of all things). He was so amazed and overwhelmed of God’s amazing grace. Should we not also? When we think of all these things: our salvation, the wonderful things God has done for us, His patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness and most of all His enduring love—all of these can be defined in these words: HIS AMAZING GRACE!
—BMA’s Messages, 07.31.16