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May Jesus Christ be Praised - Part 3

THE PRIVILEGE OF PRAISE            Page 4

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 Israel?

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 the world?

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 Kingdom.
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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