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God does not exclude anyone or any race from His grace gifts.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

“even us.” is a reference to all believers who in the previous verse are classified as vessels of mercy in contrast to the unbeliever who is a vessel of dishonour and prepared for destruction. The plural = all believers of the Church Age, Jew and Gentile.

ROM 9:24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.

Next is the aorist active indicative of the verb kaleo, one of the verbs for the doctrine of election.

The printout of believers includes election — all free agents in the human race who would exercise non-meritorious volition at God-consciousness and gospel hearing.

ROM 9:24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.

Translation: “Even us, whom he has elected, not only from among Jews, but also from among Gentiles.”

PSA 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb;
PSA 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.

Only those Jews who believe in Christ will be the recipients of the promises of God for Israel.

In the dispensation of Israel not only many Jews but also many Gentiles executed salvation adjustment of the justice of God, they actually believed in Christ.

One of the responsibilities of Israel in the past as a priest and client nation was to function as a missionary nation to the Gentiles.

Paul as an apostle to the Gentiles continues this function in the dispensation of the Church, indicating once again that this is for the Jew and for the Gentile.

The first Gentile nation will be the Roman Empire. Paul himself, therefore, is the transitional person.

1. The great blot-out of Israel is the dispensation of the Church-age in which Israel is no longer a client nation, but the plan of God moves on through Gentile client nations.

2. Those who have not been loved are racial Jews, the physical seed of Abraham. Guilty of the great blot-out they have not actually received Christ as saviour. Those who have been loved are the spiritual seed. The difference between them is attitude toward the first advent of Christ.

3. Even though the Jews are the centre of God’s plan they are set aside in divine discipline. But the plan of God moves right on – through Gentiles.

4. Jewish apostasy and reversionism neither hinders the plan of God nor does it hinder the faithfulness of God to Israel. The great failure of the Jews is the complete rejection of the first advent of Christ – the great blot-out, literally blotting it out of the mind.

5. God’s promises to Israel are not abrogated and God’s plan for Israel is not hindered by the great blot-out or by any form of Jewish reversionism or Jewish apostasy or by any form of divine punishment to the Jew.

6. In every generation there will be a Jewish remnant. This is illustrated by Paul’s quotation from Isaiah 10:27.
7. No one’s failure can hinder the plan of God and no one’s sinfulness or apostasy can destroy the faithfulness of God. God’s character is incorruptible; God’s integrity is immutable; and God’s wisdom is beyond genius.

8. Individual believers fail but the faithfulness of God never fails. The integrity of God overcomes human failure.

The Lord’s Supper

Jesus did all this by His free will. He chose to be a vessel of honor, and He became the ultimate vessel of honor.

Jesus was such a willing vessel, He made Himself of no reputation in PSA 22:6.
Jesus was such a willing vessel, He took our insults upon Himself in ROM 15:3.
Jesus was such a willing vessel, He volunteered to become poor, even though He was rich in 2CO 8:9.

He became lower than the angels in HEB 2:9.
He took the form of a servant in Isa 42.
He accepted great suffering in His soul in ISA 53:11.
He switched His role from Master to Servant in MAR 10:43-44.
He left His position at the Table to become the One who serves in LUK 22:27.
He gave His life as a ransom for many! MAT 20:2

And Jesus was so willing as a vessel, He agreed to be nailed to the Cross and separated from His Father for the first time in eternal history.

If we are to be used for His glory, it is not based on our ability or talent, its based on being a willing vessel of the Lord Jesus Christ, plain and simple.

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