Summary: Romans 11:25-36
25I 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. 26And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
"The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27And this is my covenant with them
when I take away their sins."
28As 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, 29for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
Doxology (Praise to God)
33Oh, 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?"
36For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Paul last week gave us all a word of caution. He cautioned us about being arrogant. This week Paul still being concerned about us in verse 25 starts us off with another caution. He cautions us about being conceited. Being conceited was a big problem with the Jews, and I would say still is for the most part, a problem that Paul himself had when he was still a Jew.
Paul through out the book of Romans is continually reminding us that it is God who is the author of everything in this world and it is God that is the author of everything in our lives. God as Paul states is our potter who has molded and shaped our lives in every way. God does this solely for His purpose.
25I 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.
Paul here is not saying that this is a mystery to him; he is saying that he doesn’t want them to be ignorant of this thing that is a mystery to them.
God has told Paul what is going to happen, he is getting divine revelation direct from God. Paul is telling them that when God has called the last Gentile to faith in Christ, that only at that point will Israel be brought back, that they as a nation will be grafted back in to the olive tree.
Why at the point of the last Gentile? Maybe it has to do with something else that will happen I would say very close to that same time. Maybe it will be them seeing Christ as He comes down from heaven with His army.
28-29 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, 29for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.