Jesus Christ be Praised - Part 3
THE PRIVILEGE OF PRAISE Page
V.11 ** So if God has not rejected Israel (V. 1),
what was the purpose of their stumbling in unbelief?
It was not to "fall" into judgment, but to bring salvation
to the Gentiles! All see Acts 13:44-48
** The "Praise" of Jesus Christ that we all share in our common
salvation was granted to us as a "Privilege" because of the
unbelief of Israel. What impact was our salvation supposed to have upon
It was to make them jealous, that they too would desire to know Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior.
V.12 ** What value then, was the sin of Israel to the rest of
It proved to be "riches" for the world and in particular
the Gentiles, providing the opportunity to gain eternal life by faith.
** What will be an even greater blessing to the world?
The restoration or fulfillment of Israel as God sets up His Millennial
cf.Zechariah 12:10, Romans 11:26-27, Revelation 7:4, 9-10
V.13 ** How does Paul feel about the importance of his ministry
to the Gentiles?
He defends his calling to be an apostle to the Gentiles and unashamedly
"magnifies" his efforts.
V.14 ** Why does he increase his outreach to Gentiles?
So that he might "move to jealousy" his fellow Israelites
and by that "save some of them".
cf. Romans 9:3
V.15 ** How does Paul explain the "cause and effect"
of Israel's jealousy?
Paul refers to Israel's rejection of the Messiah producing the reconciliation
of the world, as the cause and Israel's jealousy leading them to acceptance
(which produces spiritual life from the dead) as the effect!
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