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26/10/2007 / Test All Things

What Is The Meaning Of Romans 11:25?

Question: What is the meaning of Romans 11:25? I have heard that it means the nation of Israel will convert to Christianity after the last Gentile is saved.

Answer:

Those who teach that idea are not reading the Bible carefully. Romans Chapter 11 deals with national Israel, and in verses 5 to 7 we read:
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election [the remnant chosen by grace] hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.


We read in Romans 11:25:
For I would not, brethren [this is to the Gentiles], 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 [which we read in verse 7], until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

This verse means that spiritual blindness will remain upon national Israel, except for the remnant chosen by grace, until the last individual in all the nations of the world, who is to become saved, has become saved. The “fullness of the Gentiles”
means that everyone who is to become saved has become saved. When they have all become saved, the task of bringing the Gospel to the world will end.

The whole world will have heard the Gospel, and all the elect will have been brought into the kingdom of God, and then Christ will return.

We read in Matthew 24:14:
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Theologians try to make Romans 11:26, say what they want it to say. God says in this verse:
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.

Theologians change the word “so” to “then,” that is, “then all Israel shall be saved.” In the Greek, the original language of the New Testament, the word that is translated “so” cannot be translated “then.” The Greek word means “in this manner,” or “thus,” or “in this fashion” all Israel shall be saved. In what fashion? A remnant chosen by grace will be saved and the rest are blinded. The remnant will be saved, as God explains in verse 26, because out of Zion will come the Deliverer or the Savior.

We read in Romans 11:27:
For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Who is the Deliverer?

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Deliverer; He is the Savior.

To whom did Jesus come? He came to the Jews.

He was born a Jew. He lived in Nazareth, and He preached in Galilee and Jerusalem, and He died there to pay for the sins of those He came to save. There is a remnant chosen by grace out of national Israel because Christ came to save those individuals from their sins. “And so all Israel shall be saved” means that, “all of Israel that is to be saved will be saved in this way.”

There is no possibility that this passage can be saying that at some future time, God will do something more with national Israel.

What is the nation of Israel?

What happens if we take “all Israel” very literally?

If you try to make the word “all” include all the blood descendants of Abraham, that would include all of the Israelites who went through the wilderness after they came out of Egypt. The Bible says in Hebrews Chapter 3 that they perished because of unbelief. A couple of million people died in the wilderness without salvation, and they are part of Israel.

In the Old Testament, how many Israelites became saved?

Most of the time, Israel was in rebellion against God, and yet, they are all part of national Israel. They are all blood descendants of Abraham.

When Christ came, how many people of the Jewish nation claimed Christ as their Savior?

A tiny remnant.

Most of the people were ready to shout, “Crucify Him!” If “all” Israel in Romans 11:26, encompassed all of national Israel, that would mean that God would have to “back up” and save the people who came out of Egypt 3500 years ago.

God would have to back up and save all the Jews who lived during the time when the Bible was being written. He would have to save all the people of the nation of Israel who lived from the time of Christ to the present time. Of course, we know that is all impossible. When we recognize the fact that the word “all” is conditioned by the context in which it is used, then we have no problem. “All Israel” that is to be saved, will be saved.

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  1. Teshomd Bekele / May 15 2014 7:29 pm

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