-God’s Unique Relationship with Israel
In this next passage, Paul confronts and corrects an attitude that is still held by many believers – that God is finished with the Jews and the Gentiles have become “the chosen.” But like many lies, personal motivation and prejudices of those who want to believe the lie distorts the slight truth of Paul’s statement.
You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.
The problem is with the little word, “That.”
The Jews were broken off not because God needed “to make room for the Gentiles,” but because they did not accept the offer of salvation by faith.
Paul is actually warning the Gentiles not to be self-righteous or proud. John Calvin once said, “We should never think of the rejection of the Jews without being struck with dread and terror.”
PRAY AGAINST THE LIE OF REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY.