Focus: Rom 10:14 - 11:12
It was always God's plan to spread His Gospel for the benefit of His entire creation. The nation of Israel was His Chosen for the reasons Paul stated. This is the underlying reason for Paul's claim that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - both were created by God. God's Choice was not favoritism (unjust), it was stratagem! The Gentiles were blessed to hear God's faith message to make Israel jealous so that they would accept Christ; but God intends to bless all of Israel when they turn back to Him! God's plans are so clever when we draw back to see the whole picture. In fact the Lord shared with me in this reading that we are so better off when we reject our own myopic (short-sighted) view of our lives to drawback and see from His eternal perspective in our own lives. God uses His omniscience to manage one nation and situation over others at various times all to testify to one eternal truth while obeying His own law of justice and free agency. Even tragedy from a human perspective becomes a blessing from the eternal perspective! Therefore ALL things work together for the good for those who love the Lord, those called according to His purpose! This is Wisdom - to apply Truth in such a way on a personal level that supports the global plan of God. God's love is unconditional, but His election is conditional upon faith in Christ Jesus. In this way faith and favor are both fair and just without mercy robbing justice while protecting our free agency! Brilliant! Praise Him!