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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 11

Romans 11:1-6 (3)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 11 Paragraph # 1 Study # 3
July 7, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:The people whom God has not cast away are they who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

Introduction:In our study last time we zeroed in on how the "foreknowledge" of God prevents any notion that He has "cast away His people". The short form of that argument is found in Matthew 7:23 where Jesus says that the basis for rejection (casting away) is the declaration, "I never knew you." This would be impossible to say if He ever "knew" a person. Since Paul says that God has "known" His people "before the present" (the real meaning of 'foreknowledge'), it would be impossible for them to be cast away on the basis of the declaration, "I never knew you".

However, a problem persists for Paul's readers. It is all well and good to argue "theoretically" that God cannot cast away "His people" and to have an iron-clad argument. It is altogether another thing for an individual to take any comfort from the validity of the argument since it is "generic". What is "generically true" has no impact on a specific individual unless there is a way to make the "generic truth" specifically apply to that individual.

Clearly, Paul considered himself one of the "people of God" (this is the root of his claim in 11:1). How did he get to this confidence?

His answer would be that his experience aligned with the Scripture. Thus, this evening we are going to look into his "Scriptural" argument.


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