We have finally come to that controversial verse in Romans 11. It is verse 26, where it is written “And so shall all Israel be saved.” What does it mean? Does it mean, all (the whole nation of) Israel will be saved? Or does it mean, all (the elect of) Israel will be saved? Or does it mean, all (the church, composed of both Jews and Gentiles, the NT Israel of God) Israel will be saved?
Let me run that by you again. Is Israel 1) the nation Israel 2) a remnant of Israel, or 3) the church? As with most passages that people struggle with, what was said before will prove helpful.
In the larger context we see that 1) not all Israel is Israel (Rom 9:6), 2) Paul is concerned about his JEWISH kinsmen 3) The Jewish people as a nation, though they are God’s chosen people, have strayed away from God. They do not want to hear about Jesus, who is the fulfillment of OT prophecies – yet, all Israel will be saved! Putting all this together, what is the most reasonable way to interpret the phrase “all Israel will be saved/”
When you understand what Paul is getting at, it will lift your heart up in praise to God. Praise is exactly where Paul takes us at the end of Romans chapter 11 after “all Israel will be saved.”
I was memorizing a paragraph in the 1689 London Baptist Confession (LBC) of Faith and realized how well it fit what I will be preaching on in this sermon. Think about what is says and see if you know where I will be going in this message. Here is the paragraph (hint: the prodigal is coming home, PTL ):
“The most wise, righteous, and gracious God doth oftentimes leave for a season His own children to manifold temptations and the corruptions of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled; and to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon Himself; and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for other just and holy ends. So that whatsoever befalls any of His elect is by His appointment, for His glory, and their good.” (1689 LBC of Faith, Chapter 5, Paragraph 5).