Romans 11: The Election of Grace

(36 verses, 5:02 to read)

What I am about to READ
  • Paul finishes the argument of the last two chapters by extolling the election of grace, especially regarding the Jewish people.


  • 11:1-10, Paul is an example of God’s mercy to Israel (by giving him the gift of faith).
  • 11:11-24, the Gentiles are mercifully grafted into the tree of God’s kingdom.
  • 11:25-32, the partial hardening of Israel.
  • 11:33-36, doxology extolling the Lord’s wisdom, especially in regards to the doctrine of election.


  • The doctrine of election is difficult. The most important thing to remember is that election only goes one direction; there is an election of grace, but there is not an election of damnation. For more on this teaching, the Formula of Concord (1580) is helpful:


  • Paul concludes this section (Romans 9-11) with a doxology, extolling the height of the Lord’s wisdom. There are mysteries of God that we simply cannot understand, and election is one of them.
  • God’s mercy ought to lead to humility (11:20).
  • Romans 11:6 is one of the clearest texts that contrasts grace and works.
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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller

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