God’s People? Saved! (Pt 2)
July 19, 2020
I like a good “who dunnit?” Sunday evenings, our family has enjoyed many hours of watching Masterpiece Mystery — Foyle’s War, Sherlock, Inspector Lewis, Miss Marple, Poirot, and Endeavour among them. I have read quite a few Agatha Christie mysteries, and other similar fare.
In the Bible, there are not many “who dunnits?” but there is one massive “will He do it?” or “why’d He do it?” There is a “mystery” in the Bible (it’s not about a secret code with numbers); the “mystery” in the Bible is about salvation, and especially about the Jews. (Remember that a biblical mystery is a little different than the way we think about a mystery — it is something that has been hidden, but is now being revealed.) And the grand revelation about salvation in the NT is not just that God is saving the Jews (and is being faithful to that promise), but that He is also saving Gentiles, folding them into the promises made to Israel, without replacing those promises to Israel.
In his ultimate chapter on God’s sovereignty in salvation, Romans 11, Paul culminates his argument in this chapter and section (chs. 9-11) by saying in vv. 25-32 —
Israelites have rebelled against God. But God will yet save His people, Israel.
Last week we saw three truths about the “mystery” of Israel’s salvation (vv. 25-27); in this passage (vv. 28-32), Paul reveals five characteristics of God, who is behind the mystery of salvation. This mystery not only explains something more about our salvation, it also reveals something more about our God…
- This Mystery Reveals God’s Grace (v. 28a)
- This Mystery Reveals God’s Love (v. 28b)
- This Mystery Reveals God’s Immutability (v. 29)
- This Mystery Reveals God’s Mercy (vv. 30-31)
- This Mystery Reveals God’s Impartiality (v. 32)
Download the rest of this sermon on Romans 11:28-32.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.