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Romans 11:1-6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Does this mean, then, that God is so fed up with Israel that he'll have nothing more to do with them? Hardly. Remember that I, the one writing these things, am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham out of the tribe of Benjamin. You can't get much more Semitic than that! 1 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 So we're not talking about repudiation. God has been too long involved with Israel, has too much invested, to simply wash his hands of them. Do you remember that time Elijah was agonizing over this same Israel and cried out in prayer? 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah--how he appealed to God against Israel:
3 God, they murdered your prophets, They trashed your altars; I'm the only one left and now they're after me! 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 do you remember God's answer? I still have seven thousand who haven't quit, Seven thousand who are loyal to the finish. 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 It's the same today. There's a fiercely loyal minority still - not many, perhaps, but probably more than you think. 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
6 They're holding on, not because of what they think they're going to get out of it, but because they're convinced of God's grace and purpose in choosing them. If they were only thinking of their own immediate self-interest, they would have left long ago. 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.