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Romans 11:13-15

I Magnify My Office

13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

In the previous verse Paul asked, "Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?" This, as well as what preceded it, was directed at the Gentiles. Paul was commissioned to be the apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15) and thus he had the authority to preach to them in this manner.

"I magnify my office," This should probably be a new sentence and be attached to the next verse. "I honor my office, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy them which are my flesh, and might save some of them." If his work with the Gentiles would bring about a jealous reaction in the Jews to take another look at the gospel and be saved, it would be a blessing that would be an honor to the apostolic office, which he held.

In the Greek text, verse 14 is a first class conditional sentence, which means that the speaker assumes it to be true. Paul believed that his ministry to the Gentiles would have an effect on the salvation of the Jews. Thus it served two purposes... the redemption of all mankind and the redemption of a remnant of Israel.

It is not entirely clear what Paul intended by the phrase, "life from the dead." It could refer to the restoration of Israel, nation that has been rejected as spiritually dead but now restored through the salvation of a remnant. Or it could refer to the salvation of spiritual Israel (Rom. 9:6; 11:25-26), both Jews and Gentiles, being restored to a new life in Christ. But, it seems that most commentators think it to mean the resurrection life to be experienced at the second coming of our Lord.

At any rate, Paul demonstrates to us that the sincere Christian must have a driving desire to see the salvation of all men. The salvation of one leads to the salvation of others, not just by provoking others to jealousy but also by their testimony. We should be willing, therefore, to suffer all things for the propagation of the gospel. Every argument that can be thought of and every appeal possible should be used. Every format for the presentation of the gospel should be learned and every new idea for its presentation should be encouraged.

The Christian has the right to use any tool within our power to win the lost to Christ. Every legitimate tool, every truth, and every method that is neither cruel nor wicked can be used, if it will lead someone to see the truth of God's love. Truth is very often painful, often causes adverse reactions, and frequently brings attacks on the messenger, but we should not shy away from doing what God has called us to do. This is not to say that we can save anyone by our own power or devices alone, for salvation only comes by the regeneration of the Spirit through the election of God.

Before The Throne:

Pray that God will allow you to bring honor to the office of priest, which every Christian holds. Pray that He will give you every tool and method available for presenting the gospel to others. Thank Him for the opportunity to serve Him.

For Further Study:

** the apostle. Rom 15:16-19; Acts 9:15; Acts 13:2; Acts 22:21; Acts 26:17-18; Gal 1:16; Gal 2:2, 7-9; Eph 3:8; 1Tim 2:7; 2Tim 1:11-12

(v.14) ** by. 1Cor 7:16; 1Cor 9:20-22; 2Tim 2:10; ** my. Rom 9:3; Phlm 1:12; ** might. 1Cor 7:16; 1Tim 4:16; Jas 5:20;

(v.15) ** the reconciling. Rom 5:10; Dan 9:24; 2Cor 5:18-20; Eph 1:10; Col 1:20-21; ** but. Ezek 37:1-14; Rev 11:11; Rev 20:4-6;


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