Monday, March 11, 2013

Time of Gentiles

Romans 11:11-36 NIV

Ingrafted Branches

11Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 

12But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
13I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 14in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 
15For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 

16If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.”20Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.
Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either.
22Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in His kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!

All Israel Will Be Saved

25I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26and in this waye all Israel will be saved. As it is written:

“The Deliverer will come from Zion;
He will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27And this isf My covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”g

28As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29for God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. 30Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may nowh receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 
32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that He may have mercy on them all.


33Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom andi 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?”j
35“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”k
36For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.
To Him be the Glory forever! Amen

Have they stumbled that they should fall? Shall we conclude that Israel has fallen forever? The apostle now proceeds to the second branch of his argument, and shows that God, for wise reasons, has cast off Israel for a time, but that finally the nation will be converted.

Through their fall salvation is come to the Gentiles. Christ said, “I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32). He referred to the Cross. Rejected by the Jewish nation, and sent to the Cross, He became the Savior of all mankind, Gentiles as well as Jews. So, too, the rejection of the gospel by the Jews, accelerated the preaching among the Gentiles. See Acts 8:4; 13:46.

So when the Jews crucified Christ, the handwriting of ordinances was nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14), the partition wall (Ephesians 2:14) between Jews and Gentiles was broken down. So the result of the Jews hardening themselves and rejecting Christ was, under the providence of God, that the Gentiles should be saved.  

To provoke them to jealousy. The elder brother, in the parable of the Prodigal Son, was filled with jealousy when he saw the younger son accepted by the father (Luke 15:28).

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