January 10: God’s unique relationship with Israel

Many Bible believing churches do not teach from Romans 9-11. The reasons are varied, but none are valid. These three chapters confront all those who believe that God has no further plan for Israel.

God’s unique relationship with Israel is a reflection of God’s character. If God could break His covenant relationship with Israel, the Church would have no basis or reason to believe or trust Him.

Before we begin our study of these three chapters, we must consider their context. Remember when Paul wrote his letter, there were neither chapters nor verses.

Romans 8:31-35

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8: 38-39

 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Entrance to ancient Caesarea. Photo: Noam Chen
Entrance to ancient Caesarea. Photo: Noam Chen

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