Motivating some to obey the Gospel

Romans Bible Background

08.11.2017 – New Testament: Rom 11.13–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Romans 11.1–21 on August 11, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Jews had the first opportunity to hear the Good News about the Lord Jesus Christ, but just a couple of decades after Jesus rose from the dead, most of them no longer believed that Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah. Paul hoped to bring the Jews back by letting them see the Gentiles enter the church,

For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them (Romans 11.13–14). 

He hoped that they would see that they belonged to the church and that it was theirs first. Thus, the Jews brought the Gospel to the Gentiles, and then the Gentiles would bring the Jews back to the fold.


  • How many Jews do you know in the church?
  • What moved you to obey the Gospel?

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