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The Church - Chosen by Grace

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Grace is completely dependent on God - it is His grace which is extended. He has hardened the hearts of the Jewish people for a time in order that the full number of Gentiles come to the Gospel. Furthermore, He will use the Gentiles to win some Jewish people to the Gospel.

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1) God’s true Israel is the remnant chosen by grace()

Roman 11.1-2a
Romans 11:1–2a ESV
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?

A) God has not rejected His people

Romans 11:2b–4 ESV
God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”

B) God had a remnant of believers in the Old Testament

Rom 11
Romans 11:5–6 ESV
So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

C) Those under grace are God’s New Covenant Israel

Romans 11:7–10 ESV
What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.” And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.”

2) Unbelieving Israel has been hardened ()

Can we find application today?
2. Is it possible that there is a hardening taking place today?
3. Who does God need out of His way?
4. Who is God targeting for evangelism?
5. The really big question - is your heart hardened?
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