Sermon for Sunday, July 17, 2022

Selection/Election?

Romans 11:1-10 (Part 1 or 2)

Romans 11:1–10 (NIV): 11 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? 4 And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

7 What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, 8 as it is written:

         “God gave them a spirit of stupor,

         eyes that could not see

         and ears that could not hear,

         to this very day.”

9 And David says:

         “May their table become a snare and a trap,

         a stumbling block and a retribution for them.

      10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,

         and their backs be bent forever.”

Underlined words:

ἐκλογή- ek-log-ay’ -(divine) selection (abstractly or concretely): – chosen, election.

Used just 7 times in the Greek New Testament!

Acts 9:15         But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is for me a chosen (eklogēs | ἐκλογῆς | gen sg fem) instrument to carry my name before both Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel,

Romans 9:11   even before they were born or had done anything either good or bad so that God’s purpose according to election (eklogēn | ἐκλογήν | acc sg fem) might stand,

Romans 11:5   So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen (eklogēn | ἐκλογήν | acc sg fem) by grace.

Romans 11:7   What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking, but the elect (eklogē | ἐκλογή | nom sg fem) obtained it. The rest were hardened,

Romans 11:28 In regard to the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but in regard to election (eklogēn | ἐκλογήν | acc sg fem) they are dearly loved for the sake of their forefathers.

1 Thessalonians 1:4    We know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen (eklogēn | ἐκλογήν |acc sg fem) you,

2 Peter 1:10     Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election (eklogēn | ἐκλογήν | acc sg fem). For by doing these things you will never come to ru

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