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  1. Vol.XIV No.V Pg.4 July 1977 Paul, To The Romans (Ch. 11-16) Robert F. Turner With this center-cut we conclude our digest of the Roman Letter. The introduction and chapters 1-5, are in Vol. 14, No. 3; chapters 6-10, are in Vol. 14, No. 4. If you did not receive these issues they are available upon request. The lengthy parenthetic explanation, this column, was deemed necessary to make Rom. 11: clear to readers who do not know Old Testament history. We urge you to use complete text side by side with this digest. ----------------------- Has God utterly rejected physical Israel? No indeed! Do not be pessimistic as was Elijah. The preserved remnant, promised by Isaiah and others, will be saved through God's grace. But it must be by grace, and not by meriting works. God's grace is expressed in Christ, the Deliverer; and those who trust in Him are the "elect" according to (by) grace. (God 's promises to Abraham were both physical and spiritual. "I will make of thee a great nation"-- and, "in thy seed shall all nations be blessed." Physical descendents of Abraham became a great nation, a chosen" people through whom Christ would come. But when lie came (the "seed" by whom all nations were to be blessed), then the physical phase of the promise had served its purpose. Now the "cultivated olive tree" takes on a spiritual significance. Jews and Gentiles who are faithful to Christ are spiritual Israel, "chosen" ones, according to the election of grace. Gen. 11: 1-3, Isa. 1:9, 10:20-23, 11:1011, 42:1, 49:5-6, Joel 2:32, Matt. 12: 17-21, Acts 13:23, 32-39, Gal .3:16-29 6:16, 1 Pet. 2:5, 9-10). God has used the rebellion of Israel, and their crucifixion of His Son, to offer redemption to all nations. Perhaps the Jews may be provoked to jealousy (in a good sense), and some of them saved; for if God can use their rejection of Christ to a good end, how much more their acceptance of Him. Branches of the cultivated (Jewish) olive tree were cut off, because of their unbelief. Branches of the wild (Gentile) olive tree were grafted into the tree of promise, partaking of the spiritual phase of the Abrahamic "root," because they trusted in Jesus Christ. But Gentiles should not be high-minded. If they do not continue faithful to Christ they too will be cut out. And if those cutout Jews will accept Christ, they will be grafted into t h e tree of promise again. This tree is not nationalistic It consists of all who will accept, and continue faithfully to follow Jesus Christ. "Fullness" is realized in Christ on the basis of faith. Israel's salvation is no longer a physical or nationalistic matter. In the manner described (individuals trusting in Christ) the salvation offered to Jews is the same as that offered to Gentiles, viz., salvation from sin. Jews and Gentiles should not look upon one another as enemies, but as lost souls, equally in need of the mercies of God. Oh, how wonderful are the ways of the Lord! ----------------------- Brethren, we should present ourselves as living sacrifices to God. We should not be puffed up, but we should use whatever talent or gift (continued, next page) Vol.XIV No.V Pg.5 July 1977 With Special Attention To Key Words Robert F. Turner God has given us to serve Him faithfully. We should render quiet obedience unto civil government, knowing there is no power but of God. We should receive our weaker brother whose understanding in matters of indifference is incomplete, but who sincerely strives to serve God. We must always act with conviction and good conscience toward God, helping one another to serve Him. Jews and Gentiles should receive one another, as Christ has received us, to the glory of God. For He became a servant to both, in order that God's promises might be confirmed and His mercies glorified. This is the good news which I have been called to preach, and which I felt compelled to preach, regardless of the cost. Before I can come to you I must go to Jerusalem to deliver a gift from Gentile saints to their needy Jewish brethren. Such gifts are proper, and may help to heal Jew-Gentile relations. Pray that this gift may be accepted. Convey our personal greetings, and those of the saints here. Dedicated to the glory of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. ---------------------------- Terms Warranting Special Attention: RIGHTEOUSNESS: once spelled "rightwiseness," refers to the "character or quality of being right or just." As respects man, it means to have right-standing before God. It does not imply absolute perfection, being frequently applied to imperfect men (Heb. 11:4, 1 Pet. 3:12), sometimes on the basis of their doing (Psm. 106:31, 1 Jn. 3:7). In such cases the term has a certain relativity, for man stands right only through the mercies of God and forgiveness in Christ. We should be content to use the term as God has used it in His holy word. JUSTIFIED: "Just by acquittal from guilt," or simply, "free from guilt." Since "all have sinned" none are free from guilt except as God's plan for making man righteous is applied, i.e. forgiveness, in the blood of Christ: Rom. 3:24-25, 4:6-8, 5:8-9). PROPITIATION: appeasement of the one wronged (God). In the O. T. type, the place of appeasement was the "mercy seat" (Heb. 9:5, cf. Rom. 3:25). Christ died for us, and lives (the resurrected life, pleading for us at the mercy seat) as our propitiation. RECONCILIATION: complete change o f relationship, change thoroughly; cf. 1 Cor. 7:11. We must be reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:20) and to this end the "word of reconciliation" is preached. Christ is our means of reconciliation in that He alone propitiates (Rom. 5: 8-11). "Atonement" (K.J.) should be translated "reconciliation" in v. 11. GLORIFIED: the ultimate condition, made possible through Christ; contem- plating even the redemption of our body (Rom. 8:11, 13, 17, 18, 21, 23 , 30). First, a body made servant to our spirit, and God's Spirit; and perhaps a reference even to our ultimate state. There is marvelous progression in these terms. Study them!
  2. Read and study The Bible....God gave it to us along with the intellect to understand it with some studying.......
  3. The most basic freedom of all......they can't own the weapons to defend themselves.......if you can't defend yourself, you are NOT free........
  4. Typical anti-American libnut brainwashing........you left out lack of freedom.......
  5. https://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/spooky-rock-face-spotted-on-mars/
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