As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Romans 11:28-29 (NIV)
My husband and I go to a Wednesday evening small group Bible Study. I love everyone there because they are caring, wonderful people, but we don’t always agree on everything. Our leader made the statement that God feels that people who don’t believe that Jesus is Savior are His enemies. I asked our leader for a Bible verse to back up his statement. Almost everyone in the room picked up their phones and started hunting for Bible verses. A different version of this verse was cited:
The Jews refuse to accept the Good News, so they are God’s enemies. This has happened to help you who are not Jews. But the Jews are still God’s chosen people, and he loves them very much because of the promises he made to their ancestors. Romans 11:28-29 (NCV)
Okay, the Jews who refuse to accept the Good News of Jesus being the Messiah are enemies of God, as humans see it, because the Jews cannot have a personal relationship with Him. God will not make them righteous until the full number of Gentiles has come in. But I wasn’t questioning God’s intent, I was disagreeing with the statement that God feels that those who do not believe in Jesus are His enemies. Verse 28b states how He feels, “He loves them very much” because they are God’s chosen people, and He made promises to their ancestors.”
I love verse 29. “For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.” Thank you, God! You called me to be your daughter. Even though I messed up last Friday and got really down on myself, you gave me your gift of mercy and forgiveness. You always do! No matter what I do, I will always be your beloved daughter because your call is irrevocable and your love is unconditional and endless. Amen!