Paul established Israel’s rejection of the gospel was not final, that Jews who turned away from the fulfillment of prophecy but then believed in Jesus Christ would be grafted back in the tree of life to which all Jews possess lineage from.
In the following verses the apostle shares a mystery revealed to him by the Holy Spirit by which God announces Israel would be saved, as a nation in spite of those Jews who reject the gospel.
“25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.” (Romans 11:25)
The mystery here is the conversion if Israel to a nation of believers who at first were cast out because un their unbelief in Jesus Christ, yet now included in the book of life because of their repentance and faith in the only begotten son of God.
The full number of Gentiles refers to the predetermined number of non Jews who would receive the gospel and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. this number is only known by God and to be revealed upon Christ’s second coming.
“26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” (Romans 11:26-27)
Here Paul refers to “all Israel” which is the entire nation of Israel rather than all the Jews. To be saved and according to scripture one must first believe in Jesus Christ, then repent of their sins and be baptized by immersion. No one will know the father but through Jesus Christ. No one will inherit a place in His kingdom without first declaring Jesus as savior and abiding to His law which focuses on love rather than works.
“28 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, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:28-29)
The enemies are those who reject the gospel, those Jews who refuse to acknowledge the fact Jesus is Lord. Though enemies of God by their lack of faith in Christ, they remain in God’s favor because of the promise made to their fathers through the Jewish lineage.
“30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you.” (Romans 11:30-31)
Addressing the Gentiles Paul describes their disobedience as a channel that led to their salvation. The same applies to the Jews who turned their backs from the truth but eventually would be grafted back onto the tree of life because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
“32 For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.” (Romans 11:32)
First the Gentiles were disobedient then the Jews, through God’s mercy and by faith and obedience both would eventually be saved.
“33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? 35 Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:33-35)
Paul then gives praise to God and declares wisdom and knowledge of God as endless riches. Giving glory to God almighty the apostle humbly proclaims the magnificence of God as perfection, as pure love.
To be saved first one must be disobedient. Through faith in Jesus Christ believers are spared from the lake of fire, the place where all sinners belong. For His mercy we must give glory and praises to God who saves us and delivers us from hell. Let us pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Paul,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre