Romans 11:6-10

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6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 7 What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened, 8 as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day.” 9 And David says: “May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them. 10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever.”

3 responses to “Romans 11:6-10

  1. I really cant seem to figure this one out really good so i am just going to give a stab at it. I think it is talking about how if we had to work for grace we wouldnt get it cause we dont listen and we dont see what we can do with grace so we miss the chance to obtain grace. In order to obtain grace we must have to be willing to listen and to watch what we can do to obtain it.

  2. The Jews essentially rejected the idea that God was a gracious God who gave all good gifts, including the gift of eternal life, by faith in the promises of God.

    This was Paul’s point in Rom 9:30 “What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;
    31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
    32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the “stumbling stone.”

    They wanted to work their way to heaven as many people do today. People mistakenly think that they can earn a righteousness by their good works which will somehow get them into heaven.

    ‘If I’m just good to people then God will accept me. If I’m faithful to go to church, that will surely make God happy and make Him accept me. If I can clear my mind of all negative thoughts and then chant the right chant that will bring me into the presence of the higher power of this universe.’

    And of course one of my all time favorites is: ‘Hey nobody’s perfect, God has to accept me because He grades on the curve, and I do enough to get by.’

    It’s not as though God doesn’t want us to do good works, or to go to church faithfully, or being good to all people. But those things will never be enough to get us into heaven. We are not saved by good works as Paul tells us in Eph.2:8-9, but we are saved unto good works which he then explains in Eph 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

    But, God says, ‘don’t ever get the cart in front of the horse. Don’t ever forget that it cost My son everything to purchase your salvation. And don’t ever try to come to Me with some good work and expect Me to accept that in place of your debt to Me.’

    ‘That’s why I sent My Son to take that debt completely out of the way.’ The Jews didn’t get this, but God would be faithful to call, even from among the Jews, a people who would embrace this grace found in Jesus Christ alone.

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