SUBJ: The Gospel connection to the
future of Israel as a people and the fact that their identity remains as
a people, howbeit in the Gospel.
AIM: That our focus might ever be
in the Gospel and on Christ regardless of our ancestry.
INTR: We come now to consider the
matter of Israel and that their future us to be resolved in the Gospel
aim and that their continuance will be in that way.
1. There are many
thoughts regarding that aspect of the divine purpose in dealing with
Israel and we note a few without attempting to draw a full conclusion:
Various forms of millennialism are embraced as well as the timing of the
Kingdom of God. Some of these are centered in Israel. We choose to stay
close by the Word and report what it says.
2. What does emerge in
this passage is that the depths of divine wisdom will never be found out
and that is revealed to us in this context.
3. Of special interest in
this passage is the meaning of all Israel being saved and we will
explore that thought.
ever remains that there is no designer Gospel. It is of the Lord and
there is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.
I. The mystery
explained (vv. 25-27)
1. It would almost seem as though Paul
anticipated critical analysis by many and so warned them.
simple truth is that God has a purpose in dealing with the hardness of
Israel in the manner He did – It was brought is until the full body of
Gentile believers is brought in.
3. The reference to “all Israel”
being saved is troubling to many leaving a question as to
1) Did the
term apply to all as Paul used it in Galatians and the “Israel of God?”
2) Is the term reserved to Israelites only and a universal salvation
3) Or did the term mean those Israelites to whom the
election pertains (see v. 7 & v. 28)
4) Remember: Not as though the
word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which
are of Israel: Romans 9:6
4. The prophecy is from the Old Testament
and looks to the same accomplishment in them as is declared by Paul to
5. They and we were included in that covenant from of
old to take away their sins and ours in Christ our Lord.
mystery and the Gospel (vv. 28-31)
1. It is at this point that Paul
makes the Gospel the issue.
1) Enemies for your sakes – they hated
the Gospel and they were blinded while the Gentiles were being
evangelized throughout the world.
2) But, in the election of grace
they are included as those beloved as are all the elect of God.
But, it would be tied to a precious truth that being that the gifts and
calling of God are without repentance – Promises were made to the nation
2. The matter here comes to another basic issue in the
economy of grace:
1) In times past Gentiles were unbelievers and
without hope: That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens
from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of
promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: Ephesians 2:12.
2) Now, the Israelites as a people have rejected Christ and are the
unbelievers and rebels and need mercy which should be of prime interest
to Gentile believers – mercy is ever in sight.
III. The mystery
in conclusion (vv. 32-36)
1. Sin and depravity is a universal
condition among men and mercy as it is realized in Christ Jesus our Lord
is the only remedy.
2. In His infinite wisdom God has concluded
(demonstrated, seen, proven, brought to attention) the fact that all are
in the same state whether Israelite or Gentile.
3. A most wonderful
doxology is herein offered:
1) The depth of riches is unfathomable
and consist of
2) The wisdom and knowledge of God
unsearchable (we keep looking and we keep finding and it becomes even
4) His judgments are unsearchable and yet received as just
and holy as is His name
5) And we will not find Him out
questions posed here:
1) Who has known the mind of the Lord or given
2) Who has given Him something that he has not received
and placed God in debt to him?
5. It is all of Him (proceeding from
Him) it is through Him (consider all the Gospel provision) and it is to
Him (even as He receives us to Himself)
6. And so the Sola Dei Gloria
is written and we delight therein.