Romans 11:1-10

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What About God’s Plans and Program for the Jewish People?

Romans 11:1-10

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Lesson Number 32

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. There has always been a remnant of Jewish believers.
  2. There has always been the rest of Jewish unbelievers.

Practical Application

  1. Let's not change the definition of God's grace.


  1. Are the Jews no longer God's chosen people? Has God withdrawn His promises to the Jewish people as a nation? Has God cast away His people?
  2. Has there always been a remnant of Jewish believers? Support your answer from the Bible.
  3. What is the believing remnant called?
  4. Why did the unbelievers fail to believe?
  5. Does God still have a program for the Jewish people?


  1. The answer is "no" to all questions. However, in the meantime God brought in the church, but He also has plans going on at the same time with the nation Israel.
  2. Yes. Paul himself was such a person, and there were 7,000 believers in Elijah's day.
  3. God's "elect," according to His grace.
  4. God blinded the eyes of those who would not see, and He hardens the hearts of those who will not believe. But it began with unbelief.
  5. Yes. One day, in the future, God will again focus on the nation Israel.


  1. Consider the good news of Romans 1-8, that anyone can believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Do you know someone who needs Christ, who seems hard to the gospel? Tell him/her the good news and pray that he/she will be saved.
  2. Grace is God's unmerited favor toward men. Works have no part in God's grace. Human effort infringes on God's grace and the character of God Himself. How would you deal with people who have a problem seeing this?


  1. In Elijah's day, the 7,000 believing remnant were silent about their faith. Why? Are you silent about your faith? If so, why?

Key Verses

  • "Has God cast away His people? Certainly not!" Romans 11:1
  • "There is at this present time a remnant according to the election of grace, and if by grace, then it is not of works." Romans 10:5-6

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