The Lines We Draw

Yesterday at Creekside we had a guest Speaker, Dr. Ron Herms from Northwest University.  I’ve known Ron for almost four years and every class that I took with Ron has challenged my thinking and helped me to love Jesus and the Bible more.  It was a great privilege to have Ron speak at Creekside and I was glad to hear the positive feedback from so many folks.

Ron talked about Romans 11:13-36.  Towards the end of the passage there is a section where the Apostle Paul says that All Israel will be saved.  This is a tough verse to work though.  Ron pointed out that some people would read that and says, All doesn’t really mean all, Paul must have some clarifications. The other end of the argument would say, yes, Paul means All, every single Israelite.

This is a troubling passage, but what Ron said about it was incredible helpful.  Paul was talking at this point in Romans to Gentiles who may have had an attitude of superiority over the Jewish Christians.  They may have even given up on Israel, saying that they were too far gone from God’s grace.  But Paul’s use of the word all stretched the line that the gentiles had drawn.  And perhaps whenever we draw a line about who is in and who is out of the Kingdom of God, then God wants to come along and break through that line and show us that is grace is bigger than we can imagine.  Pretty great.  You can get the podcast here: audio / video.  I would really recommend that you go and download it.  It was really great.

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