|Romans 11 |
1 The question is: Has God rejected his people? God forbid [NO!]. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture said of Elijah? How he makes intercession to God against Israel saying,
4 But what was the answer of God to him? "I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal."
5 As it was then, so it is now also that there is a remnant according to God's choice by grace.
6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is by works, then it is no longer grace; otherwise works are no longer works.
7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the chosen have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
8 According as it is written, "God has given them the spirit of deep sleep, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;" to this day.
11 I ask then, Have they stumbled that they will fall? God forbid [No !]. But rather through their fall [into disobedience], salvation has come to the Gentiles, in order to provoke them to jealousy.
12 Now if their fall has resulted in [spiritual] riches for the whole world, and the devaluing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more will their fullness create?
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, since as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry.
14 If by any means I may provoke those who are of my flesh to follow, and thus might save some of them.
15 For if their rejection has resulted in the reconciling of the world, what will the acceptance of them be, but life from the dead?
16 For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 And if some of the branches are broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them share in the root and fatness of the olive tree;
18 Do not boast over the [broken-off] branches. But if you boast, remember that you do not sustain the root, but the root sustains you.
19 You will say then that the branches were broken off, so that I might be grafted in.
20 Well said; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be not conceited, but fear.
21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, take heed for fear that will he also not spare you [from wrath due to unbelief].
22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God; on those who have fallen, he is severe; but toward you, he is good, if you continue in his goodness; otherwise you will also be cut off.
23 And they [the Jews] also, if they do not remain in unbelief, will be grafted back in; for God is able to graft them in again.
24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree that is wild by nature, 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?
25 Brothers, I would not have you to be ignorant of this mystery, for fear that you should be wise in your own conceits: blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
26 And so all Israel will be saved.1 As it is written, "There will come out of Zion the Deliverer, and will turn away ungodliness from Jacob."
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your benefit; but in regard to the election, they are beloved for their forefather's sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without him changing his mind and taking them back.
30 For as you were previously disobedient to God, yet you have now obtained mercy through their disobedience.
31 Even now these have been disobedient, so that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God has sealed them all [men] in disobedience, that he might show mercy on all [men].2
33 O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways are beyond discovery by man!
34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?
35 Or who has first given to God, and it shall be returned by God to him again?
36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To whom be glory forever. Amen.
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1 Notice, all Israel will be saved. (This refers to the next life, since we know for certain it has not occurred for millions while on earth).
2 Notice, God will show mercy to all men. Now consider a few more scriptures, which fly in the face of eternal fire and brimstone punishment:
And all mankind will see God's salvation. New International
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. King James
And all mankind shall see (behold and understand and at last acknowledge) the salvation of God (the deliverance from eternal death decreed by God). Amplified
John 1:29, The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, there is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
God purposed that through (by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, made peace by means of the blood of His cross. Col 1:20.
It is written in the Prophets, They shall all be taught by God. John 6:45
"I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they shall no longer teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jer 31: 33-34.
Therefore because the disobedience of one man led all men to condemnation; even so one man's act of righteousness exculpates (pronounces not guilty of offences) all men to right standing with God and eternal life. Romans 5:18.
We trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 1 Tim 4:9-10.
Despite what all the false prophets have told you, trying to scare you into their steeple-house, while Hell is to be avoided as a very painful, horrible place to go; it is not permanent, and its purpose is to purify all men so that we can all live together peaceably, and lovingly in heaven. Those who reach purification while on earth, go through great trials and tribulations to get there; but they skip the horrible hell and go directly to heaven when they die. See the writing, Is There Hope for All, for many other scriptures that give you understanding of the totally ignored, but hopeful, merciful, and loving scriptures quoted above. Didn't simple logic tell you that God would not torture people forever; as a last resort, love punishes to teach and correct, resulting in behavior that no longer requires punishment.
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