Romans 11: Do You Know The Goodness And Severity Of God?
Verse of the Day: (V22) “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”
1. Goodness And Severity Of God (V1-27)
V21 “For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.”
God warned the Gentiles, or the grafted branches, or more specifically the church, to be humble and fear Him, as he has chosen them to be His people, because the Jews, the natural branches, whom He had originally chosen, had rejected Him. However, God extends His goodness and grace to the Jews, if they will repent of their unbelief, and return to Him, otherwise His severity and judgment is still upon them for their unbelief.
V22 “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”
2. Gifts And Calling Of God (V28-32)
V28 “As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.”
The Jews were enemies of Christ when they rejected and crucified Him. However, one day, during the Millennium, the Jews shall be His beloved, because He shall fulfil His promise that He made to their forefathers, the likes of Abraham and Isaac, that He shall be their King forever. Indeed, God’s gifts and calling, or His promises, shall be fulfilled!
V29 “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
3. Wisdom And Knowledge Of God (V33-36)
V33 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
God’s wisdom and knowledge draw the hearts of the people whether they are Jews or Gentiles to Him. However God gives man the choice. If we choose to believe and trust in Christ, and repent of our sins, we have a pearly heaven to gain. However if we choose to reject Christ, then we are condemned to fiery hell. Ultimately, God’s plan and purpose is that all may know Him, that He is our Saviour and Lord, and all glory be due to Him!
V36 “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You for Your goodness and severity that keep me trusting You.