Rev. Jeremy Klaustermeier, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Warrenton, MO, joins the Rev. Dr. Phil Booe to study Romans 11:25-36.
A mystery indeed! St. Paul’s original readers, especially the Jews, would have been bewildered at the notion that the Gentiles were part of God’s plan from the beginning. But after explaining in first half of this chapter how they are grafted into the “olive tree” that is the true Israel and rooted in Christ, the Apostle now says that a “partial hardening” has come upon the Jews “until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” (v. 25). What does this mean? And what does it mean that “in this way all Israel will be saved?” (v. 26) In this episode, Pastors Booe and Klaustermeier cover the mystery and controversy of this difficult passage.
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The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation
25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers:[a] a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,
“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
27 “and this will be my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”
28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now[b] receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
- Romans 11:25 Or brothers and sisters
- Romans 11:31 Some manuscripts omit now
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