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Israel in the End Times (Part 8)

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TEXT: Romans 11:25-32

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.

29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Israel in the End Times (Part 8)

In today’s reading from Romans 11, Paul begins to draw his argument on the matter of Israel’s salvation to a conclusion. In our last message, we took a closer look at how the Christian faith rests on the foundation of the faith of the Jewish patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whom God made special covenants with. Paul seems to take great pains to ensure that his Gentile readers do not become boastful over their status as Christians and the benefits they have from being in the body of Christ.

Paul calls the plan of God for the salvation of the Israelites a “mystery.” Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck state in their commentary that “in Scripture a mystery is not a truth difficult to understand, but a truth previously unrevealed (and therefore unknown) which is now revealed and publicly proclaimed.” So, Paul is making the eventual salvation of the Jews a matter of public knowledge. God’s plan for them is being put out in the open. Paul’s desire for us to be knowledgeable about this mystery is so that we will not become wise in ourselves — that is conceited or proud. God has simply turned his attention to the Gentiles for a time, and one day, He will turn his attention back to the Jews.
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