God’s Gracious Election of Israel.


Covenants of Israel not set aside by Gospel. The seven-fold privilege of Israel. The blinding of Israel and God’s mercy to the Gentiles.Characters:God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Moses, Pharaoh, Paul, Rebecca, Isaiah.Conclusion:God is absolute sovereign in disposing of the children of men with reference to their eternal state. He dispenses His gifts to whom He will without giving us His reasons, but we may rest assured He is a competent judge. Gentiles are permitted by Him, by the short cut of believing in Christ, to attain to that for which the Jews had long been “beating about the bush,” but lost because of sin and unbelief.

  • Key Word:Election, v.11.
  • Strong Verses:20;21;33.
  • Striking Facts:v.33

. It is sad that the foundation stone should be to any a stone of stumbling, and the rock of salvation a rock of offense, but so He was to the Jews, and is still to multitudes. Those who do believe, however, shall not be ashamed, for their expectations in Him shall never be disappointed.

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Why Did Jesus Teach Us To Pray For Our Enemies?


It Is Good For Us

When we connect with God’s heart, even for (and especially for) our “enemies” we begin to feel mercy, love and compassion for them.Even though they are opposing us as some level, our hearts can be fully alive in love, allowing us to relate to them from a foundation of love, not hate or anger. Our Father is slow to anger and full of love, and delights in showing mercy. When our hearts are alive in love we are accurately behaving and responding like He does.

As we allow love to grow in our hearts, we continue to be transformed into His likeness.When we take time to pray for our enemies, we are setting time aside to allow our hearts to be influenced directly by God’s heart.

As we allow love to grow in our hearts, we continue to be transformed into His likeness.When we take time to pray for our enemies, we are setting time aside to allow our hearts to be influenced directly by God’s heart.

It staggers our minds as we consider Jesus praying for those crucifying him on the cross, releasing a blessing on them when He said,Father, forgive them, for they know now what they do…

It’s a famous quote because it’s truly miraculous in its demonstration of unconditional love. This miracle of limitless, love unconditional draws attention to the heart of the person, in this case Jesus, and provokes us to ask the question, how could love like this exist? Personally I believe Jesus responded this way while hanging on the cross to not only demonstrate love, but also to keep his heart free from offense even as he was dying.

In my opinion the answer is actually two-fold:

  1. The first reason is because it’s good for us.
  2. The second reason is because it’s good for our enemies

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