Mom, I will miss you! I look forward to seeing you again!
Vivian Eloise Culver (01/17/1930 - 02-25-2015)
Romans 11:25–36 (ESV)
The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation
25 Lest you be wise
in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,
“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
27 “and this will be my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”
28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies
for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience,
31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
33 Oh, the depth
of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
I want to focus on verse 26 &
27. Israel has rejected Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Are they lost? Can they be saved? Paul points to the answer as yes... only if they continue in their “unbelief” v23! This is crucial to John 3:16 which states:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Eternal life hinges on belief as states “whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
It is not based on being a good person. It is not based on your actions. It is not based on whether or not you have ever hurt someone, killed someone, or walked enough old ladies across the street. You cannot buy Salvation. You cannot
earn Salvation. Salvation is a gift. This applies to us today! Do you believe?
Today was a special day for me because my mother died at 3:00 PM. She was a believer.
She has been baptized and justified in the faith that God gave her. She has embraced the gift of faith given her and trusted in the Lord. So Paul’s question... can Israel be saved? Only if they continue in their “unbelief.”
I pray: O Lord, take good care of my mother and I pray for all my family and friends who will be working their way to Shreveport. I give thanks to my mom for taking me to church, having me baptized, and
raising me in His Word. Thank you Mom, and thank you Lord Jesus! Amen.