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Read Romans 11:1-32.

Throughout the Old Testament, the Bible speaks of the faithful remnant within ethnic Israel. It was always faith in God, not simply being Jewish, that ultimately saved anyone. Claiming that all Jewish people had faith in God would be like asserting that all churchgoers today are born-again. Of course, salvation is not dependent on either our ethnicity or church attendance. Our relationship with God is a matter of the heart. 

When the Jews hardened their hearts and rejected the Messiah, what did God do? He used their rejection to bring the Gentiles to salvation and to make His people envious, that they might come to their Messiah (see v. 11). God used Israel’s rejection of Jesus as a means of grace—not only for their good but for the good of the Gentiles.

You see, our indescribable God is the God of all grace. Both Jew and Gentile alike can only be saved by His mercy through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is based only on the merits of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice on the cross. Therefore, not one of us has any room to boast, brag, or feel superior to another. We are all sinners who deserve hell apart from Christ.

Beloved, the ground is level at the foot of the cross. This is the Gospel. This is the Christian faith. The door is wide open to everyone who will repent, regardless of who they are or what their background may be. No sinner is beyond Christ’s ability to redeem. That is indeed Good News.

Prayer: God, we are all creatures deserving of wrath, and yet You show mercy—even new mercy every morning. Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for making me Your child. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all” (Romans 11:32).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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