21 For if God spared not the [a]natural branches, take heed, lest he also spare not thee.
22 [b]Behold therefore the [c]bountifulness, and severity of God: toward them which have fallen, severity: but toward thee, bountifulness, if thou continue in his[d]bountifulness: or else thou shalt also be cut off.
23 [e]And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
Romans 11:21He calleth them natural, not because they had any holiness of nature, but because they were born of them, whom the Lord set apart for himself from, other nations, by his league and covenant which he freely made with them.
Romans 11:22Seeing the matter itself declareth that election cometh not by inheritance (although the fault be in men, and not in God, why the blessing of God is not perpetual) we must take good heed, that that be not found in ourselves, which we think blameworthy in others, for the election is sure, but they that are truly elect and ingrafted, are not proud in themselves with contempt of others, but with due reverence to God, and love towards their neighbor, run to the mark which is set before them.
Romans 11:22In that state which God’s bountifulness hath advanced thee unto: and we must mark here, that he speaketh not of the election of every private man, which remaineth steadfast forever, but of the election of the whole nation.
Romans 11:23Many are now for a season cut off, that is, are without the root, which in their time shall be grafted in: and again there are a great sort, which after a sort, and touching the outward show, seem to be ingrafted, which notwithstanding through their own fault afterward are cut off and clean cast away: which thing is especially to be considered in nations and peoples, as in the Gentiles and Jews.
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