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Romans 11:29 – Does God Take Away Gifts?

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Romans 11:29 – Does God Take Away Gifts?

Hello,

Good to hear from you. Good question. Romans 11:29 is terribly twisted by many Christians to support of their “once saved always saved” doctrine. Let us consider the context of Romans 11:29 with the surrounding verses. Paul is explaining to the Romans how ALL Israel will be saved. God made a covenant with them to take away their sins and He will accomplish that through the mercy of the Gentiles.

(Rom 11:26 NKJV) And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “THE DELIVERER WILL COME OUT OF ZION, AND HE WILL TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB;
(Rom 11:27 NKJV) FOR THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.”
(Rom 11:28 NKJV) Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.
(Rom 11:29 NKJV) For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
(Rom 11:30 NKJV) For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience,
(Rom 11:31 NKJV) even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy.
(Rom 11:32 NKJV) For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

The gift of God is the gift of faith leading to salvation, and he will not revoke his promise to give this to all men, each in their own order. In Romans 11, Paul is demonstrating that God calls things that are not as though they were, which he talked about a few chapters earlier.

(Rom 4:16 NKJV) Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
(Rom 4:17 NKJV) (as it is written, “I HAVE MADE YOU A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
(Rom 4:18 NKJV) who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.”

(Isa 46:10 NKJV) Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

Who has of the faith of Abraham?

(Rom 2:28 NKJV) For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh;
(Rom 2:29 NKJV) but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

And who will be brought into that faith?

(Eph 2:11 NKJV) Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—
(Eph 2:12 NKJV) that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
(Eph 2:13 NKJV) But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
(Eph 2:14 NKJV) For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
(Eph 2:15 NKJV) having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
(Eph 2:16 NKJV) and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

This reconciling of all men into the one faith of Christ is the gift of God to ALL men that is without repentance, meaning that God will do what he promised from the beginning. In the same way, we have the confidence that we will be saved, we just do not know when.
There are many other scriptures that clearly indicate we CAN have what we are given in this life taken away from us if we are not faithful. Paul was concerned about this himself and thus labored diligently to remain in the faith.

(1Co 9:27 NKJV) But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

David talks about this in Psalms 51 after his sin with Bathsheba is exposed.

(Psa 51:11 NKJV) Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
(Psa 51:12 NKJV) Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

Many people fell away from the faith in Paul’s time and certainly had their measure of faith taken from them.

(2Ti 4:10 NKJV) for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.

Paul gives this command to the Corinthians:

(2Co 13:5 NKJV) Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

Notice the CAUSE of this falling away in 2 Timothy, “having loved this present world”. This is the same thing Christ warns us of:

(Mat 13:22 NKJV) Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

Christ tells a similar parable in Luke 14.

(Luk 14:16 NKJV) Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many,
(Luk 14:17 NKJV) and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’
(Luk 14:18 NKJV) But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’
(Luk 14:19 NKJV) And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’
(Luk 14:20 NKJV) Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’
(Luk 14:21 NKJV) So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’

Each of us in our own way and own time deny the invitation of Christ to come to the supper in favor of loving things of the world. It creeps in unawares and does destroy the good fruit in our lives. One of our talents given to us is that invitation to “come follow me”. If we despise it, we will have it taken. Notice WHY this servant had his talent taken…FEAR.

(Mat 25:24 NKJV) “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
(Mat 25:25 NKJV) And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
(Mat 25:26 NKJV) “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
(Mat 25:27 NKJV) So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.
(Mat 25:28 NKJV) So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
(Mat 25:29 NKJV) ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
(Mat 25:30 NKJV) And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

What happens when we are fearful to leave our old life behind to follow the Lord?

(Rev 21:7 KJV) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
(Rev 21:8 KJV) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Notice the stark contrast with the man who is JOYFUL to sell all he has and buy the treasure hidden in the field.

(Mat 13:44 NKJV) “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
(Mat 13:45 NKJV) “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
(Mat 13:46 NKJV) who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

The roots of us having our talents and joy taken are FEAR and lack of FAITH. When we are worried about the affairs of this life in an ungodly manner, the fruit is choked out and we cannot access the JOY, because we are unwilling to give up what we have to obtain that joy.
Keep in mind that we all must live by every Word of God, so the time must come in our life that we realize we are not following the Lord as we ought. If he will grant us the gift of repentance, we can press on and endure to the end faithfully in this life.
I pray the Lord will give you great boldness to obey him and walk forward in full assurance that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

(Heb 11:6 NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Your Brother in Christ,
Mitch

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