Thematic Bible




Romans 11:1 (show verse)

Then, I ask, has God repudiated his People? Never! Why, I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin!

Romans 11:2 (show verse)

God has not repudiated his People, his predestined People! Surely you know what scripture says in the passage called 'Elijah'? You know how he pleads with God against Israel:

Romans 11:3 (show verse)

Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have demolished thine altars; I alone am left, and they seek my life.

Romans 11:4 (show verse)

Yet what is the divine answer? I have left myself seven thousand men who have not knelt to Baal.

Romans 11:5 (show verse)

Well, at the present day there is also a remnant, selected by grace.

Romans 11:6 (show verse)

Selected by grace, and therefore not for anything they have done; otherwise grace would cease to be grace.

Romans 11:7 (show verse)

Now what are we to infer from this? That Israel has failed to secure the object of its quest; the elect have secured it, and the rest have been rendered insensible to it ??8 as it is written, God has given them a spirit of torpor, eyes that see not, ears that hear not ??down to this very day.

Romans 11:8 (show verse)

Romans 11:9 (show verse)

And David says, Let their table prove a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a retribution for them;

Romans 11:10 (show verse)

let their eyes be darkened, that they cannot see, bow down their backs for ever.

Romans 11:11 (show verse)

Now I ask, have they stumbled to their ruin? Never! The truth is, that by their lapse salvation has passed to the Gentiles, so as to make them jealous.

Romans 11:12 (show verse)

Well, if their lapse has enriched the world, if their defection is the gain of the Gentiles, what will it mean when they all come in?

Romans 11:13 (show verse)

I tell you this, you Gentiles, that as an apostle to the Gentiles I lay great stress on my office,

Romans 11:14 (show verse)

in the hope of being able to make my fellow-Jews jealous and of managing thus to save some of them.

Romans 11:15 (show verse)

For if their exclusion means that the world is reconciled to God, what will their admission mean? Why, it will be life from the dead!

Romans 11:16 (show verse)

If the first handful of dough is consecrated, so is the rest of the lump; if the root is consecrated, so are the branches.

Romans 11:17 (show verse)

Supposing some of the branches have been broken off, while you have been grafted in like a shoot of wild olive to share the rich growth of the olive-stem,

Romans 11:18 (show verse)

do not pride yourself at the expense of these branches. Remember, in your pride, the stem supports you, not you the stem.

Romans 11:19 (show verse)

You will say, "But branches were broken off to let me be grafted in!"

Romans 11:20 (show verse)

Granted. They were broken off ??for their lack of faith. And you owe your position to your faith. You should feel awed instead of being uplifted.

Romans 11:21 (show verse)

For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

Romans 11:22 (show verse)

Consider both the kindness and the severity of God; those who fall come under his severity, but you come under the divine kindness, provided you adhere to that kindness. Otherwise, you will be cut away too.

Romans 11:23 (show verse)

And even the others will be grafted in, if they do not adhere to their unbelief; God can graft them in again.

Romans 11:24 (show verse)

For if you have been cut from an olive which is naturally wild, and grafted, contrary to nature, upon a garden olive, how much more will the natural branches be grafted into their proper olive?

Romans 11:25 (show verse)

To prevent you from being self-conceited, brothers, I would like you to understand this secret: it is only a partial insensibility that has come over Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in.

Romans 11:26 (show verse)

This done, all Israel will be saved ??as it is written, The deliverer will come from Sion, he will banish all godlessness from Jacob:

Romans 11:27 (show verse)

this is my covenant with them, when I take their sins away.

Romans 11:28 (show verse)

So far as the gospel goes, they are enemies of God ??which is to your advantage; but so far as election goes, they are beloved for their father's sake.

Romans 11:29 (show verse)

For God never goes back upon his gifts and call.

Romans 11:30 (show verse)

Once you disobeyed God, and now you enjoy his mercy thanks to their disobedience; in the same way they at present are disobedient,

Romans 11:31 (show verse)

so that they in turn may enjoy the same mercy as yourselves.

Romans 11:32 (show verse)

For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all.

Romans 11:33 (show verse)

What a fathomless wealth lies in the wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable his judgments! How mysterious his methods!

Romans 11:34 (show verse)

Who ever understood the thoughts of the Lord? Who has ever been his counsellor?

Romans 11:35 (show verse)

Who has first given to him and has to be repaid?

Romans 11:36 (show verse)

All comes from him, all lives by him, all ends in him. Glory to him for ever, Amen!