Israel Is Not Cast Away
I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about
Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?
Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED
, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN
I ALONE AM LEFT
, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE
But what is the divine response to him? I HAVE KEPT
for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO
In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to Gods
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened;
just as it is written,
GOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR
EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT
DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY
And David says,
LET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP
AND A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM
LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT
AND BEND THEIR BACKS FOREVER
I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come
to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.
Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!
But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,
if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their
acceptance be but life from the dead?
If the first piece of dough
is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.
But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,
do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that
it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports
You will say then, Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.
Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;
for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.
Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, Gods kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.
And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches
be grafted into their own olive tree?
For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mysteryso that you will not be wise in your own estimationthat a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;
and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,
DELIVERER WILL COME FROM
HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM
MY COVENANT WITH THEM
I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS
From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of Gods
choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers;
for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience,
so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy.
For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE
LORD, OR WHO BECAME
Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO
HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be
the glory forever. Amen.