The Remnant Of Israel
I ask then, Did God Reject His people?
By no means!
I am an Israelite myself, a Descendant of Abraham,
From the Tribe of Benjamin.
2 God did not Reject His people, whom He Foreknew.
Don't you know what the Scripture says
In the passage about Elijah--
How he appealed to God against Israel:
3 'Lord, they have killed your Prophets
And torn down your altars;
I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me'?
4 And what was God's answer to him?
'I have reserved for My self Seven Thousand
Who have not bowed the knee to Baal.'
5 SO TO, AT THE PRESENT TIME THERE IS A REMNANT
CHOSEN BY GRACE.
6 AND IF BY GRACE,
THEN IT IS NO LONGER BY WORKS;
IFT WERE, GRACE WOULD NO LONGER BE GRACE.
WHAT ISRAEL SOUGHT SO EARNESTLY IT DID NOT OBTAIN,
BUT THE ELECT DID,
The others were hardened, as it is written:
'God gave them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes so that they could not see
And ears so that they could not hear,
To this very day.'
9 And David says:
'May their Table become a Snare and a Trap,
A Stumbling Block and a Retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
And their backs be bent forever.'
11 Again I ask, Did they Stumble so as to Fall beyond recovery?
Not at all!
Rather, because of their Transgression,
Salvation has come to the Gentiles
To make Israel Envious.
12 But if their Transgression means riches for the World,
And their Loss means riches for the Gentiles,
HOW MUCH GREATER RICHES
WILL THEIR FULLNESS BRING!
23 I am talking to you Gentiles.
Inasmuch as I am the Apostle to the Gentiles,
I make much of my Ministry
14 In hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to Envy
And Save some of them.
15 For if their Rejection is the Reconciliation of the World,
WHAT WILL THEIR ACCEPTANCE BE
BUT LIFE FROM THE DEAD?
16 If the part of the dough offered as First fruits is Holy,
Then the Whole Batch is Holy;
If the Root is Holy, so are the Branches.
17 If some of the Branches have been broken off,
And you, though a Wild Olive Shoot,
Have been Grafted in among the others
And now share in the Nourishing Sap from the Olive Root
18 Do not Boast over those Branches.
If you do, consider this:
YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THE ROOT,
BUT THE ROOT SUPPORTS YOU.
19 You will say then,
'Branches were broken off so that I could be Grafted in.'
But they were broken off because of Unbelief,
AND YOU STAND BY FAITH.
DO NOT BE ARROGANT, BUT BE AFRAID.
21 FOR IF GOD DID NOT SPARE THE NATURAL BRANCHES,
HE WILL NOT SPARE YOU EITHER.
22 CONSIDER THEREFORE THE KINDNESS AND STERNNESS OF GOD:
STERNNESS TO THOSE WHO FELL,
BUT KINDNESS TO YOU,
PROVIDED THAT YOU CONTINUE IN HIS KINDNESS.
OTHERWISE YOU ALSO WILL BE CUT OFF.
23 AND IF THEY DO NOT PERSIST IN UNBELIEF,
THEY WILL BE GRAFTED IN,
FOR GOD IS ABLE TO GRAFT THEM IN AGAIN.
24 AFTER ALL, IF YOU WERE CUT OUT OF AN OLIVE TREE
THAT IS WILD BY NATURE,
AND CONTRARY TO NATURE
WERE GRAFTED INTO A CULTIVATED OLIVE TREE,
HOW MUCH MORE READILY WILL THESE,
THE NATURAL BRANCHES,
BE GRAFTED INTO THEIR OWN OLIVE TREE!
All Israel Will Be Saved
25 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.'
28 As far as the Gospel is concerned,
They are Enemies on your account;
BUT AS FAR AS ELECTION IS CONCERNED,
THEY ARE LOVED ON ACCOUNT OF THE PATRIARCHS,
29 FOR GOD'S GIFTS AND HIS CALL ARE IRREVOCABLE.
30 Just as you who were at one time Disobedient to God
Have now received Mercy
As a result of their Disobedience,
31 So they too have now become Disobedient
In order that they too may now receive Mercy
As a result of God's Mercy to you.
32 FOR GOD BOUND ALL MEN OVER TO DISOBEDIENCE
SO THAT HE MAY HAVE MERCY ON THEM ALL.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches
Of the Wisdom and knowledge of God!
How Unsearchable His Judgments
And His Paths beyond tracing out!
34 'Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been His Counselor?'
35 'Who has ever given to God
That God should repay him?'
36 Fro from Him and through Him
And to Him are all things.
To Him be Glory forever! Amen.