What does Romans 11:6 mean?
Here is what Romans 11:6 says,
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. (ESV)
One of the first things to do when you want to understand a verse is to look at the context. This means looking at what comes before and after the verse to see if that helps us understand it. In Romans 11, Paul (the author of the book) is talking about his own people, the Jews. He’s helping his readers understand what Jesus means for his people because Jesus was the fulfillment of a ton of Jewish prophecies and many Jews were rejecting Jesus instead of seeing how He fulfilled their faith.
Paul explains that God has not rejected the Jewish people even though the Jews rejected Jesus. Paul explains that there are some Jewish people…
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