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d) The Secret of Deliverance and Salvation of the Children of Jacob in the last Days (Romans 11:25-32)
25 For I don’t desire you to be ignorant, brothers, of this mystery, so that you won’t be wise in your own conceits, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and so all Israel will be saved. Even as it is written, “There will come out of Zion the Deliverer, and he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. 27 This is my covenant to them, when I will take away their sins.” 28 Concerning the Good News, they are enemies for your sake. But concerning the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sake. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For as you in time past were disobedient to God, but now have obtained mercy by their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they may also obtain mercy. 32 For God has shut up all to disobedience, that he might have mercy on all.
Paul considered the receivers of his epistle as his brothers in blood, and through this statement he confessed that God is his Father as well as their Father. All the thoughts, research, and reports about predestination cannot be fulfilled theoretically through the conception that “God is greater”, but before a known God, the Father of our living Lord Jesus Christ, our holy Father who is filled with love and mercy.
After this opening, Paul speaks about a secret which he had not understood until the heavenly Father had revealed it to him clearly. Therefore Paul asks all commentators, preachers, and theologians not to bring their own philosophies about the children of Jacob, but to listen carefully to and keep the word of God. He who preaches his own thoughts takes a risk, because he thinks himself smart and prudent, but soon goes astray; while he who holds fast to the word of God prayerfully, and listens to the word of the Holy Spirit, gradually grows in the knowledge of the secrets of the love of God, our heavenly Father.
The secret, which Paul speaks about with respect to the last days, includes many parts:
The hardening of Israel was like a tent of thick cloth, which protects those who sit under it from the rays of the sun, but hides the sight from their eyes, and the hearing from their ears. They neither see, nor read, nor hear in spite of their ability to do so (Isaiah 6:9-10). Not all, but most of, the children of Jacob are hard. The disciples and apostles of Jesus and the early church repented sincerely under John the Baptist. He prepared them for the coming and the salvation of Christ, and they lived within his community and experienced his light of divine glory.
According to the book of Isaiah, the hardening began 700 years before the coming of Christ (6:5-13), which Jesus clearly confirmed (Matthew 13:11-15), and Paul sorrowfully detailed (Acts 28:26-28). This hardening turned into common terror when the Jews delivered their King to be crucified, and rejected the dwelling of the Holy Sprit. The Romans then sold them as slaves to all parts of the world.
The hardening of the Jews will not continue forever. It continues until the number of the believers of other peoples is completed. When the calling of the sinners of other peoples is completed, the Lord will give the Jews a final chance for repentance and regeneration. But who is all Israel who will be saved in the last days, about whom Paul speaks as a stirring subject in the history of church and peoples? (Note: The present research has nothing to do with politics. It is a mere spiritual research.)
Summary: We must not be hasty to claim who the true Israel is in the eyes of Christ. The Holy Bible teaches us that this name does not indicate a political body, or certain race, but primarily a spiritual truth. Nowadays, we find that thousands of regenerated people of the children of Jacob in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S.A. are the true chosen people and the spiritual body of Christ. We do not know how much this number will be increased, but we know that they suffer bloody persecution at the hand of the antichrist in their own homes. However, Christ will himself gather the souls of the martyrs, and catch them up to his holy throne (Revelation 13:7-10; 14:1-5).
Whoever penetrates deeply into the Epistle of Paul to the Romans (11:26-27) notices that these prophecies concerning the salvation of the children of Jacob show certain details:
Paul testified that the religious Jewish nation became an enemy of the gospel because of this new covenant. This difficulty, however, caused a great gain for the despised peoples because they recognized the salvation through Christ, and took hold of the grace of God by faith.
At the same time, the apostle of the Gentiles confirmed to the Jews, who were enemies to the church of Rome, that they were still beloved by God because of the faith of their fathers, and their choice in their faithfulness. Thus, he who is chosen by God remains chosen without interruption, even if he has sinned or rejected his selection. All the spiritual gifts and privileges of faith which God has given to the believing individuals belong to his irrevocable faithfulness (Romans 11:29). Therefore, we must never doubt our selection and the sanctification of our life, but trust the word of God, as a child trusts the words of his father.
In Romans 11:30-31, Paul repeats the objective and aim of the second part of his epistle with respect to the redemption of the children of Jacob. He endeavors to force these principles into the minds of the enemies of the church in Rome:
Consequently, he who wishes to understand the second part of the Epistle of Paul to the Romans must penetrate deeply into these principles, and turn them into prayers and supplications for this lost people that they may be saved.
Paul ingeniously observed these principles, and laid them as a foundation for his adoration and his worship to God. He magnified the Holy One because he allowed the falling of the Jews into disobedience and rebellion, that he might have mercy on them all again, if they had accepted the redemption prepared for them by faith (Romans 11:32).
Paul does not preach absolute reconciliation for every man, saying that God would save all the sinners in the last days because of his love, and would empty hell from the blasphemers who want or do not want to be saved. This is the belief of those who want God to save Satan, and therefore they worship Satan that they might enter paradise with him. This is but delusion and conceit, for God is love and truth, and his justice is indivisible.
Paul hoped that all the Jews would repent and be saved through faith in the Savior, while Jesus was more sober about this question. On the day of judgment he will say to those who do not love the poor, according to his revelation: “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). The Revelation of John also confirms this fearful truth (Revelation 14:9-14; 20:10.15; 21:8).
PRAYER: Our Father in heaven, we rejoice and become glad because your promises are true and are always fulfilled. We thank you for the holy remnant of the children of Jacob of every tribe, who have repented sincerely, accepted the atonement of Christ, and received the gift of peace. Help us and our people to walk in the power of your Holy Spirit, to obey your commandments by his power, and to look forward to the coming of our beloved Redeemer.
- Why do the promises of God never fail, but endure forever?
- Who is all the spiritual Israel?