x362........The gifts and calling are without repentance.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. (Romans 11:26 29)

These verses speaks of Israel. Paul is speaking of the fact that Jesus has come--the "deliverer" has come to Israel--in order to take away their sins. Of course, the question is--whether Israel--or those members of Israel individually will repent, and seek after God through his Son Jesus.

But another point is made here.

28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.

What does this verse mean? The first part explains that Israel is an enemy of the Gospel--they are rejecting the Good News of salvation through the blood of Jesus. Yet, it says at the same time that they are beloved of God 'as touching the election" What does this mean? This is the meaning of the word "election--

ekloge {ek-log-ay'} n f

AV - election 6, chosen 1; 7

1) the act of picking out, choosing 1a) of the act of God's free will by which before the foundation of the world he decreed his blessings to certain persons 1b) the decree made from choice by which he determined to bless certain persons through Christ by grace alone 2) a thing or person chosen 2a) of persons: God's elect


The key here is this concept-- 1a) of the act of God's free will by which before the foundation of the world he decreed his blessings to certain persons

God has given gifts to all people in different ways. These gifts are given sovereignly by God--to all people. Whether or not they choose to use these gifts to serve God--whether or not they choose to repent and believe, and use their gift to serve Jesus and the Gospel--is an act of free will--a choice. Which leads to the next verse--

29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

The gifts--the "charisma" of God and the calling--are "given unto every on of us" (Ephesians 4:7)--whether we have accepted Jesus--whether we have repented or not-- This lines up with the psalm that is the establshing verse for the new covenant ministry gifts--

18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. (Psalms 68:18, KJV).

These gifts are given unto every one of us unto "mankind" (the Hebrew "Adam") --even those who are rebellious--in order to serve God. These are the ministry gifts--this verse is repeated in he New Testament in Ephesians -- 4

8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Eph 4:8)

And these gifts are named in verse 11--

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

These gifts are given by God "for the rebellious also," they are give outside of the fact of salvation--they are given to all people.

Do you think that God ever made one human being who was not designed and built to love and serve Him?


But it says that the gifts and "calling" are without repentance--What is calling?......

klesis {klay'-sis} n f

--- calling 10, vocation 1; 11

1) a calling, calling to 2) a call, invitation 2a) to a feast 2b) of the divine invitation to embrace salvation of God


It is an invitation. The divine invitation through the impartation of the gift of Christ that is in every one of us (see eph 4:7). It is the same calling we are told to "walk worthy of" in Ephesians 4:1.....

1 ¶ I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

(in this verse translated as "vocation") We are all called, given a "vocation" by God. It is the true "job" that we are designed to do in the earth. It is to serve God. We all have it--we are all given it by God. whether we choose to serve Him--whether we repent and ask Him into our hearts---and continue on to serve Him with our gift--is our choice--but is the command of God that we walk like this in the church--because the church is the group of people who are called by God to represent and serve Him and use the gifts we have all been given for the purpose of spreading the Gospel--

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

The fullness of the anointing will come when we all come to the understanding that unity of the faith represents all believers loving and serving God with their gifts. This "system" that God has put forth in His word is the one sure way and command to build up the body of Christ--to edify the body--to add members and strengthen those that ware already within the body.

The "glorious church" is not a pretty building--it IS the gifts of ministry, operating in all the body. It IS the gifts of ministry in all the church, working in unity of the Spirit, It IS the church with Christ as the Head--and NOT man. It IS Christians, working together in groups, on a common level, focused on the purposes of Christ--to spread the Gosple, pray for the sick, bring deliverance, feed the poor, and freely release one another to actively serve God and His will.

But the key is the absolute Biblical fact that these gifts and the calling of God are for all of us--they are "without repentance"