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The Case For "The Israel Of God" Part 5

Discussion in 'Eschatology - Endtimes & Prophecy Forum' started by ebedmelech, Feb 19, 2013.

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    Previous links:
    Link to Part 1

    Link to part 2: http://www.christianforums.com/t7723807/

    Link to Part 3: http://www.christianforums.com/t7724285/

    Link to part 4:

    The Case For The Israel Of God Part 5:

    The Apostle Paul now turns to another passage of Isaiah in Romans 9:29:

    29 And just as Isaiah foretold, “Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left to us a posterity,
    We would have become like Sodom, and would have resembled Gomorrah.”

    This is a quote of Isaiah 1:9. The apostle is telling us this passage speaks to the remnant of believing Jews. For clarity I include Isaiah 1:9-20:
    9 Unless the Lord of hosts Had left us a few survivors, We would be like Sodom, We would be like Gomorrah.
    10 Hear the word of the Lord, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the instruction of our God, You people of Gomorrah.
    “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?” Says the Lord. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.
    12 “When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?
    “Bring your worthless offerings no longer, Incense is an abomination to Me.
    New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies—
    I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.
    14 “I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts, They have become a burden to Me; I am weary of bearing them.

    15 “So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.
    16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil,
    17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.

    18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord,“Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
    19 “If you consent and obey, You will eat the best of the land;
    20 “But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

    This prophecy speaks of the end of the Old Covenant (vss 11-16) and the coming of Christ with the New Covenant (vss 18-20). The rest of Isaiah 1 speaks of Israel’s failure and the remnant. However, particularly at Isaiah 1:27, 28 where Isaiah tells us only those who are repentant of Israel will be saved:
    27 Zion will be redeemed with justice And her repentant ones with righteousness.
    28 But transgressors and sinners will be crushed together, And those who forsake the Lord will come to an end.

    That is the Apostle Paul’s case that "only a remnant of Israel" will be saved.

    He now makes his case for the salvation of the Gentiles in Romans 9:30:

    30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;

    He makes the contrast to Israel’s failure, in Romans 9:31, 32:
    31 but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.
    32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works.They stumbled over the stumbling stone,
    33 just as it is written, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”

    Our Lord Jesus was the “stumbling stone” of the Jews! Seeking to be righteous by works of the Law, they failed to realize their Messiah. We know this as we’ve read the gospels and the many contentious arguments they made with Jesus, that they were right and He was wrong.

    In Part 6...a look at Romans 10.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
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