Israel’s Salvation

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    Israel’s Salvation

    The eleventh chapter of Romans opens with the apostle Paul, a descendant of Abraham, asking the question: “Has God rejected [ethnic Israel]?” The short answer to this question is given in verse 5: “So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.” This comes after Paul alludes to Elijah’s rebuke of Israel for killing God’s prophets and destroying His altars (vv. 3–4; see 1 Kings 19:10, 14).

    But the question about Israel’s status permeates much of the letter to the Romans, especially chapters 1–2 and 9–11. Israel’s status is particularly emphasized in chapters 9 and 10, while chapter 11 focuses on the fact that Israel’s judgment is neither total nor final. There are two verses that are most helpful in understanding Paul’s discourse on the mystery of Israel’s salvation. The first is Romans 9:6: “For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel.” Here Paul makes a distinction between natural or ethnic Israel (physical descendants of Abraham ) and spiritual Israel (those who share the faith of Abraham). Paul makes the same distinction in his letter to the Galatians, especially in 4:21–31. But Paul is not alone in this line of reasoning. Jesus argues similarly in John 8:37–41. The remnant alluded to in Romans 9:5 that are chosen by grace obviously refers to some from among the natural descendants of Abraham who are also spiritual descendants.

    The second verse is Romans 11:26: “And in this way all Israel will be saved.” This is a much debated passage, with different interpretations even among Reformed theologians. Some maintain that “all Israel” in this verse refers to all spiritual Israel, which includes both Jew and Gentile. Others suggest that “all Israel” refers to all of the elect from the natural descendants of Abraham — the remnant alluded to in verse 5. Yet others contend that the meaning of “all Israel” is literally the nation of Israel as we know it today. A fourth view is that the verse refers to a point in time when there will be a mass conversion among the Jews.

    In any event, this verse elaborates Paul’s negative answer to the question we pointed out at the beginning of this article. In verses 11–12, the apostle mentions Israel’s fall and their failure. Verse 22 speaks of God’s severity toward those who have fallen, and in verse 28, Israel is depicted as being “enemies of God” regarding the gospel — all of this in spite of the fact that Israel had been the recipients of many privileges from God, truly His unique people (9:4–5). Yet at the time of Paul’s writing, most ethnic Israelites had rejected the Messiah and His gospel.

    As mentioned above, Paul’s point in this chapter is that although their obstinacy had been met with severity from God, they had not been fully and finally rejected by Him. Paul himself was proof that the saving grace of God could (and would) penetrate the unbelieving Jewish heart.

    In Romans 11:11–15, Paul also makes the point that the rejection of the Jews had been to the advantage of the Gentiles. We must exercise caution in making this point, so that it is not made to appear that salvation among Gentiles is somehow a back-up plan by God. To the contrary, Romans 4:13–17 expounds the fact that God’s promise to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations always included the Gentiles, who would come to share Abraham’s faith. The rejection of the Jews was simply the means by which God’s eternal plan and purposes would be accomplished.

    In the same way, Jesus tells His disciples in Acts 1:8 that they “will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria.” But the circumstance that leads them into Judea and Samaria is a surge of persecutions headed up by Saul of Taurus. In Romans 11:25, Paul says, “a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” This partial hardening would explain the rejection of the gospel by many Jews, and the fact that it was partial would also explain the embrace of the gospel by other Jews.

    In short, I would side with those who take the position that Paul is alluding to widespread conversion among the Jews at some point in the future. That being the case, the real mystery of Israel’s salvation is the flip side of the mystery of the Gentiles’ salvation. The Gentiles were the enemies of God, without the Mosaic law, and were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. Yet God, by His grace, brought them to faith in Christ. The Jews, on the other hand, having all that the Gentiles lacked, failed to see Jesus as the end of the Law and the substance of God’s promises. But just as God’s grace and mercy have been extended to the Gentiles, thereby overpowering their unbelief, so also will He overpower the obstinacy of unbelieving Israel and bring them to saving faith in the One they once rejected. In both cases, it is the merciful and sovereign grace of God that transforms enemies into children of God, just as Paul says in closing the eleventh chapter of Romans: “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”

    Source: Israel's Salvation by Ken Jones

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    Originally posted by William View Post
    Some maintain that “all Israel” in this verse refers to all spiritual Israel, which includes both Jew and Gentile.
    All of spiritual Israel is already saved. It would be meaningless to speak of a future time when we will all be saved. In chapters 9 to 11 Paul is speaking about the nation Israel. When Christ returns the nation will acknowledge him as their Messiah, something they failed to do when he came he first time.
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      Originally posted by theophilus View Post
      All of spiritual Israel is already saved. It would be meaningless to speak of a future time when we will all be saved. In chapters 9 to 11 Paul is speaking about the nation Israel. When Christ returns the nation will acknowledge him as their Messiah, something they failed to do when he came he first time.
      But They did not fail to acknowledge Him the first time.
      Thats like saying Israel Failed to enter the promised land after the 40 years in the wilderness since only a remnant of them did so.
      Who believes that?

      Nobody. We all know that the believing remnant that entered the promised land indeed constituted "ALL ISRAEL" at that time, and the rest were entirely cut off from ANY inheritance..

      The EXACT same thing happened in the apostolic last days generation during their 40 years between Pentecost and AD70, which the 40 years in the wilderness with Moses pre figured & foreshadowed.

      Premills, on the other hand, sure have a bizarre idea of who is Israel (they count the disobedient sons of Abraham as Israel while discounting entirely the faithful sons of Abraham).

      St. Paul said that when the nation was in mass apostasy, the TRUE Israel was carried on not through the lineages of the wicked sons but rather through the OBEDIENT FEW (called the "remnant"), such as was true in Isaiah's day (Romans 9:27-29) and Elijah's day (Romans 11:3-5).

      Peter says the same thing at Acts 3:22-24, where it is clear that the wicked jews who refuse Christ were to be "cut off from among the People of Israel" while the faithful jews (John the Baptist, Joseph and Mary, the Twelve, the Seventy, the three thousand on Pentecost day, and many other jews) were the True Faithful Israel.

      Just as the jewish church abode with Moses in the wilderness (Acts 7:37-38), so Jesus had HIS jewish church (Mt. 16:18-19). And within a few years after Pentecost, the faithful Israel learned how to start accepting both jewish and also gentile followers from all over the empire to convert into their Nation (1 Peter 2:9-10; Mt 21:40-45). And so the tiny remnant True Israel grew into a worldwide Judaism living under the promised NEW covenant of Israel's Messiah.

      And so it was also in Moses' day, when the countless thousands of wicked sons of Abraham were slain in the wilderness while the faithful sons of Abraham survived and got to enter the Promised Land. We must NEVER count the continuation of Israel through the wicked sons but rather always through the faithful remnant!

      Saying today's modern, multi ethnic, secular, National, Democratic Israel is the continuation of TRUE Covenanted Israel is akin to claiming that the Wicked thousands slain in the wilderness were TRUE Israel while the Remnant that entered the Promised land were NOT True Israel.
      Preposterous!

      Premill have this totally backwards. again they count the disobedient sons of Abraham as TRUE Israel while discounting entirely the faithful sons of Abraham claiming they are something else, and NOT True Israel!
      Exactly polar opposite to what Scripture plainly teaches.


      The Remnant of the elect Jews followed God by following Jesus and his jewish apostles. They are True Faithful Israel. Their jewish brothers who disobeyed and fought against them were cut off from among the people, as stated in Acts 3:22-24. The Lord of the Vineyard Came upon them and was the Rock that crushed them (1 Pet 2:7-8/Mt 21:43-45), for they rejected the time of God's visitation (Luke 19:40-44). And, this is the same pattern that took place in Isaiah's day and in Elijah's day -- i.e., the REMNANT of the jews is true Israel and the rest are destroyed and do not have any heritage (Rom 9:27/Rom 11:2-5).

      Perhaps as many as 2 million died at AD 70, and only thousands were taken captive and made the slaves of the Roman emperors, never again to see each other. Only the Nazarenes survived, and they survived precisely because they prepared a NEW covenant form of Judaism that detached from Temple, tribes, the priestly class of Aaron, and the animal sacrifices. It was precisely this NEW covenant form of Judaism that literally saved them and preserved them intact as a people. We know that the Nazarenes went on to transform the whole world. They alone are "ALL ISRAEL" that was saved.

      Modern Jewish sources are the first to admit that the "Jews" of today have no blood relation to the ancient people of Israel. The "jews" today are a people that follow a post-AD 70 Talmud religion. So they are neither descendants of the ancient Israelites nor the followers of the religion Moses mandated. The tribal lineage was wiped out entirely at AD 70. There is not one person on our planet today who can prove they have any bloodline to any tribe of the pre-Temple era.

      Finally, in real historic terms, that means that the Nazarene Jewish sect (Acts 24:5) was the only one that survived AD 70. All the other sects---Sadducees, Essenes, Pharisees, Zealots--were destroyed and went extinct at AD 70. This is historic reality, as Jewish and secular histories admit. And it is quite remarkable that what saved the Nazarenes was their NEW covenant teaching that taught them to prepare to detach from animal sacrifices, the Temple, physical circumcision, and the priestly class of Aaron. The jews who did this survived AD 70 while the ones who clung to a salvation via the Old Covenant were all wiped out.

      Amazing history.
      Last edited by LastDaze; 11-29-2017, 03:53 PM.
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        Originally posted by LastDaze View Post
        Premills, on the other hand, sure have a bizarre idea of who is Israel (they count the disobedient sons of Abraham as Israel while discounting entirely the faithful sons of Abraham).
        God made promises both to the spiritual and to the physical descendants of Abraham. Now most of his physical descendants are blinded to the truth but a time is coming when that blindness will be removed.

        Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,

        “The Deliverer will come from Zion,
        he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
        “and this will be my covenant with them
        when I take away their sins.”


        As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.
        Romans 11:25-31 ESV

        The promises to his physical descendants include ownership of the promised land. The existence of the state of Israel is a sign that God is beginning to fulfill his promise. When the fullness of the Gentiles comes in God will remove the church be means of the rapture and will once again carry out his work through the nation of Israel. God is using Israel to carry out his plan for the world. The purpose of the Church is to carry out God's work during the period of Israel's unbelief.
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