ANGLICAN DAILY FOUNTAIN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 (SALVATION TO THE GENTILES)
TOPIC: SALVATION TO THE GENTILES
TEXT: Romans 11:11-24(NKJV)
11. I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation [has come] to the Gentiles.
12. Now if their fall [is] riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!
13. For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,
14. if by any means I may provoke to jealousy [those who are] my flesh and save some of them.
15. For if their being cast away [is] the reconciling of the world, what [will] their acceptance [be] but life from the dead?
16. For if the firstfruit [is] holy, the lump [is] also [holy;] and if the root [is] holy, so [are] the branches.
17. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,
18. do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, [remember that] you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
19. You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.”
20. Well [said.] Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.
21. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.
22. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in [His] goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.
23. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
24. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who [are] natural [branches,] be grafted into their own olive tree?STUDY
It was not God’s desire that the hardened Jews, be lost. He did not predestine them to be hardened neither did He cause them to be hardened. God did not cause them to stumble so that they might fall; it was their choice. Howbeit, their hardening of heart did not endanger the salvation of the spiritual Israel, for the spiritual remnant accepted Jesus and continued on.
In fact, those who were the spiritual remnant of Israel were also Jews by heritage. It was this remnant that proclaimed the gospel to Israel. The good news that came out of the hardening of heart of Israel was that the gospel was speedily preached to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46-48; 18:6). When the message of the grace of God came to them to deliver them from their own imagined fears and ceremonial religion, they eagerly accepted the freedom of the gospel.
Their conversion sparked jealousy in the minds of those who thought they were more righteous than the Gentiles (Acts 10:19; Deut. 32:21; Acts 13:46). As it stands now, do we preach the gospel to the unreached? The Lord has given us a task to reach out to everyone. You are saved to save others.
PRAYER: May God give us the grace to reach out to the unsaved and the zeal to stand on our faith.