Israel’s Salvation and I, Paul, Know Nothing
Romans 9: God is sovereign and no one deserves to go to heaven. It is only through God’s sovereign mercy we are afforded the opportunity to accept the free gift of Grace for salvation.
Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 11:1-6 Paul is clearly telling us God will always have a remnant from Israel including our time today. Messianic Jews today number between 175,000 and 250,000 members in the United States, between 10,000 and 20,000 members in Israel, and an estimated total worldwide of 350,000.
Romans 11:11-12 Paul speaks of Israel’s transgression in verses 11 and 12. Paul in Acts 13:46-47, in Pisidian Antioch, tells us Israel had not fulfilled the task God had for them in Isaiah 49:6b to be a light to the world.
Romans 11:13-18 Paul wanted to make the Jews jealous, he did not succeed. They rejected Jesus as their Messiah. We are an offshoot, a wild offshoot and if we are holy (saints) what does that make them???
Romans 11:19-21 The branches broken off due to unbelief. What are we to do after being graphed in? Paul is not saying we can lose our salvation, but we should approach it with fear and trembling as in Philippians 2:12 So how do we do that? Romans 12:1-2 and Matthew 5:13-16 provide the answer.
11:22 Those who fell had no faith (look back at v20) and now there is kindness shown to us (Gentiles) but we are required to stand on our faith to avoid being cut off.
11:23-24 Unbelief ends and Israel (any Jew) can be graphed back just as we were graphed in. To more fully understand this we have only to turn to John 15:1-6 and 1 Corinthians 15:2. Video of found the answers.
Mystery? In the NT it is a truth that has previously been concealed, but through Christ revealed. Israel has experienced a partial hardening of their hearts, but this hardening and disobedience will come to an end. When will it come to an end? When the full number of Gentiles has come. When will that be? I don’t know and God’s not telling.
11:26-27 When will all of Israel be saved? Paul quotes from the past – Isaiah and Jeremiah – to tell of the future and maybe of ongoing events even in our own time. Zechariah 12:9-10 gives us a big clue as to when this will be. On that day is at the end of the great tribulation. And when They look on Me – that is God talking – there is the mourning of repentance. Then there is Jeremiah 31:31, 34b when a new covenant is coming for Israel – the same covenant we have known as Christians for 2,000 years! And just as He does for us, He will do for them – He will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
11:28-29 Irrevocable – cannot be taken away.
11:30-32 End of Paul’s teaching on Israel, Israel’s salvation, and the salvation of all men through God’s mercy.
11:33-36 But Paul is not done. While he has written a great discourse on the faith, on Christianity, he is not done. In these four verses Paul wants us to know no matter how much he has told us, no matter how much he has shown us, no matter how much he has instructed us – he has scratched the surface of what there is to know of and about God. Imagine a number line from one to infinity … no matter how far down the number line you go, you are still infinitely far away from the end because infinity is endless.
These four verses form a doxology for many churches. Doxology defined is An expression of praise to God, especially a short hymn sung as part of a Christian worship service. You can find these verses made into a hymn here on youtube.
Same Question as last four weeks As sons and daughters of God why are we pretending or why are we not serious about putting the words of God into practice? Ezekiel 33:30-32