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Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by JesusFan, Aug 8, 2011.
salvation, spiritual gifts, callings, or?
The quote to which you are referring is in Romans 11 where Paul is addressing the ingrafting of the Gentiles and the "cutting off" or "hardening" of Israel.
Some took his teaching on this to mean that God's promise or call to Israel was being revoked and thus Jews could no longer be in covenant with God. Paul, in Romans 11, goes to great lengths to show that while the Jews are being temporarily hardened in their rebellion, that they have NOT "stumbled beyond recovery." In other words, the fact that they are being hardened doesn't disqualify them from being saved.
Paul's ministry to the Gentiles may provoke the Jews to envy so that they may be saved (vs. 14) and they can "leave their unbelief" and be grafted back into the tree, because they are NATURAL branches after all. (vs. 19-22) Thus, God's promises to Israel are irrevocable.
IF that is the right interpretation then...
Wouldn't that be a "proof" for the idea that God still have promises left unfulfilled to his people isreal even during this present Church age?
What promise is left unfulfilled?
All Isreal getting saved when they see messiah coming back
At THAT time fountain of salvation will be openned up in jerusalem
new Covenant with jewish nation at that time
isreal will be THE nation on earth, jewish King/messiah Jesus ruling from there in His kingdom period upon earth!
Verse 28 has the answer: with respect to election and Israel.
Although the context is in relation to Israel, I hold that the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable in a broad sense beyond the Jews.
If the gift of God is eternal life (and it is), then it is not revocable, because God's gifts are "without repentance" (KJV).
Romans 8:28-29 refers to "the called" according to his purpose. These are believers. Their calling is irrevocable, (without repentance).
This is a rather good eternal security verse.