All Israel Shall Be Saved
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 4 Lesson 11 Wednesday
Read Romans 11:25-27, from NIV:
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
What does this mean?
Read first paragraph,
“Christians have been discussing and debating Romans 11:25-27 for centuries now. A few points, however, are clear. For starters, the whole tenor here is that of God reaching out to the Jews. What Paul is saying comes in reply to the question raised at the beginning of the chapter, “Hath God cast away his people?” His answer, of course, is no, and his explanation is (1) that the blindness (Greek porosis, “hardness”) is only “in part,” and (2) that it is only temporary, “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.”
Is Paul referring to saving genetic Jews or to something else?
From the SDA Bible commentary on this verse:
mustērion, in classical Greek meaning “a hidden thing,” “a secret,”… Among the pagans mustērion, usually in the plural mustēria, was used for secrets or secret doctrines, to be made known only to those who had been specially initiated. It was the technical term for their secret rites and celebrations, and also for the mystic implements and ornaments they used in their ceremonies…
In the NT, mustērion refers to something that God wills to make known to those who are willing to receive His revelation, rather than to something that He desires to keep secret. Throughout Paul’s writings the word carries the meaning of something which, though incapable of being fully understood by unassisted human reason, has now been made known by divine revelation (see ch. 16:25, 26; etc.)…
Paul regarded it as his mission to make known the mystery “which was kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25; cf. 1 Cor. 2:7; Eph. 3:3, 4). God’s eternal purpose to redeem man in Christ has now been declared in Christianity. Thus Paul describes the whole Christian revelation as a mystery (Rom. 16:25; 1 Cor. 2:7–10; Eph. 1:9; 6:19; Col. 1:26; 2:2; 1 Tim. 3:9). He applies the term to the incarnation of Christ (1 Tim. 3:16), to the union of Christ and His church as typified by marriage (Eph. 5:32), to the transformation of the saints at the second coming (1 Cor. 15:51), to the opposition of Antichrist (2 Thess. 2:7), and especially to the admission of the Gentiles to the kingdom of Christ (Rom. 16:25, 26; Eph. 3:1–6; Col. 1:26, 27).
The mystery that Paul is now declaring is the purpose of God to save both Jews and Gentiles in His kingdom…1
Read last paragraph,
“There is a mighty work to be done in our world. The Lord has declared that the Gentiles shall be gathered in, and not the Gentiles only, but the Jews. There are among the Jews many who will be converted, and through whom we shall see the salvation of God go forth as a lamp that burneth. There are Jews everywhere, and to them the light of present truth is to be brought. There are among them many who will come to the light, and who will proclaim the immutability of the law of God with wonderful power.” – Evangelism, p. 578.”
Let’s ask ourselves the question? “Is this describing national identity or individual salvation?”
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