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 9)
In our eighth message in this series, we began looking at the conclusion of Paul’s discussion regarding the mystery of the salvation of the Jews. In verse 26, we read that “all Israel shall be saved.” We saw that this salvation will take place at the end of the Tribulation period when Jesus Christ physically returns to earth to set up His Kingdom. Many of the Jews will clearly see that Jesus Christ is the Messiah the entire race of people has been looking for for thousands of years. This Messiah is the ‘deliverer out of Zion’ who will turn away ungodliness from the house of Jacob, the children of Israel. Following this eye-opening realization, we are told that God will establish a New Covenant with the Jews — the same covenant He has established with the Gentiles who believe on Him. When this covenant is established, the Jews will not only be the children of Abraham, but they will be united with all Gentile believers under the headship of Jesus Christ.
Speaking again to his Gentile readers, Paul says, “As concerning the gospel, they [the Jews] are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.” What Paul is saying here is that in order for the Gentiles to be brought into the family of God, God is dealing with the Jews as though they are His enemies as a result of their rejection of His Son. (In fact, all sinners who refuse God’s mercy and grace are said to be at “enmity” with God.) The Gentile believers could easily see how God would deal with the Jews as His enemies; after all, much of the persecution they suffered as Christians was at the hands of Jews.
However, Paul contrasts this temporary antagonism between God and the Jews with the eternal, immutable promises which God made to the Jewish forefathers. He says, “as touching the election [the election being God’s choice of them as His people], they are beloved for the father’s sakes.” Because God made promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He is obligated to bring the children of Israel back into the fold. They are still His beloved — the apple of His eye — and He cannot cast them off forever.
Paul underlines this point when he writes, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Repentance here means a change of mind. God will not change His mind about the children of Israel. God chose her and that choosing is irrevocable. In fact, the Greek word used for “gifts” in this passage is the word charisma. Matthew Barnes writes that this word refers to “the favors or benefits which God bestows on men. The word properly denotes any benefit which is conferred on another as a mere matter of favor, and not of reward. Such are all the favors which God bestows on sinners including pardon, peace, joy, sanctification, and eternal life.”
When we understand the meaning of this word, we realize that our salvation, even as Gentiles, is a gift as well — a gift that we do not deserve. We are the children of God only because God made a promise through His Son that whoever believes on the Lord Jesus Christ will not perish but will have everlasting life. This promise is further backed up by Jesus’ words: “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” That is an eternal, unchangeable promise that we can hold on to — not because of anything we have done, but simply because of God’s unmerited favor toward us.
By drawing this comparison, Paul highlights one of his recurring themes throughout this passage — that Gentile believers are not better than the Jews just because they have embraced the Gospel. We must constantly remind ourselves that we don’t deserve to be in the family of God. We are included only by the grace of God. That kind of outlook should not only inform our interactions with Jewish people, but with people of all races, nationalities, and walks of life. We ought to realize that no one is beyond the call of God. No one is too far gone that they cannot have their lives turned around by the transforming power of Christ. No matter where one was born or what they have done in life, each person is a potential adoptee of God’s family — not because of who they are or what they have done, but because of who Christ is and what He has done. Paul himself — the writer of the words we have been studying — is a testament to that fact. If it can happen to a Christ-hating Jewish persecutor of Christians 2,000 years ago, it can definitely happen to Jews and Gentiles today.
Lord willing, we will continue our study of this passage in our next message.
If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.