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Updated: Sep 24, 2020

I. Not through your merit

II. Only by God’s mercy

Romans 11:13-15, 28-32 13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am

the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry 14 in the hope that

I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15

For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their

acceptance be but life from the dead?...28 As far as the gospel is concerned,

they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they

are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are

irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have

now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have

now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as

a result of God’s mercy to you.

32 For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

In the name of Jesus Christ, through whom God’s mercy comes to us, dear

Christian friends, “Who invited her? She is so beneath us; she doesn’t dress like us; she doesn’t act

like us; she isn’t cool like us. She shouldn’t be here with us.”