The summation of the Book of Romans

Romans Bible Background

08.12.2016 – New Testament: Rom 11.29–32

To read the Bible in a year, read Romans 11.22–36 on August 12, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Romans 12–16 comprises what commentators call the practical section of the Book of Romans, because it shows how to live out what Paul taught as the foundations of Christianity in Romans 1–11. To summarize those first eleven chapters, consider what Paul wrote at the end of his eleven-chapter argument,

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all (Romans 11.29–32). 

God worked to show the Jews and the Gentiles that both groups have fallen under the dominion of sin. However, God did not give up on the world, but provided His whole system of salvation? He did not want to condemn the world, but He needed to do it that everyone might see his sin, and then God could show His mercy upon all.

Questions:

  • Have you run to God’s mercy?
  • Do you realize the damage that sin has done to your soul?

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