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Today's Bible Study

I Magnify My Office

Romans 11:13-15

13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

In the previous verse Paul asked, "Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?" This, as well as what preceded it, was directed at the Gentiles. Paul was commissioned to be the apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15) and thus he had the authority to preach to them in this manner.

"I magnify my office," This should probably be a new sentence and be attached to the next verse. "I honor my office, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy them which are my flesh, and might save some of them." If his work with the Gentiles would bring about a jealous reaction in the Jews to take another look at the gospel and be saved, it would be a blessing that would be an honor to the apostolic office, which he held.

In the Greek text, verse 14 is a first class conditional sentence, which means that the speaker assumes it to be true. Paul believed that his ministry to the Gentiles would have an effect on the salvation of the Jews. Thus it served two purposes... the redemption of all mankind and the redemption of a remnant of Israel.     Read More


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