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All Israel shall be saved


And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

The Liberator will come from Zion; He will turn away godlessness from Jacob. And this will be My covenant with them[m] when I take away their sins. – Romans 11: 26-27

(HT)

The physical nation of Israel in the Old Testament was, like all other things under the law (the tabernacle, the paschal lamb, the mercy-seat, etc.), was typical. It was chosen of God to be typical of his Church, “the Israel of God” (Galatians 6:14). The natural nation was typical of God’s “holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9). The physical seed of Abraham was typical of his spiritual seed, God’s elect scattered among all nations, who are the true “children of Abraham” (Romans 9:6-8; Galatians 3:29).

All the covenant promises God made to Abraham’s physical seed, the nation of Israel, were conditional promises. The promises were all conditioned upon obedience. The nation failed miserably. Yet, they inherited the land of Canaan and God fulfilled every covenant promise to that typical nation. Not one thing was lacking (Joshua 23:14). Why? Because one faithful man (Joshua, who typified our Lord Jesus) obeyed God. For Joshua’s sake, God brought Israel into the possession of all the good things God promised to their fathers. Even so, all the promises of God to the Israel of God are yea and amen in our great Joshua, the Lord Jesus, for whose sake we shall possess all things eternally with him!

“The Israel of God” is the whole body of God’s elect, Jew and Gentile, who must be saved. When Paul says, “All Israel shall be saved,” he is simply declaring that the whole purpose of God regarding the salvation of his elect must be fulfilled.

(continued at Endtime Madness)

8 comments on “All Israel shall be saved

  1. I agree with this wholeheartedly, and i’d even go so far as to say that getting one’s head around this concept of the Israel of God is fundamental to understanding scripture as it should be understood.Thanks for posting this PJ.

    • i’d even go so far as to say that getting one’s head around this concept of the Israel of God is fundamental to understanding scripture as it should be understood

      I agree.

  2. P.J.

    Paul quotes Isaiah 59v20 (As it is written:). It pretty much explains that repentance is required as per the New Covenant in Christ and that the Holy Spirit will be upon them.

    20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion,
    And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,”
    Says the Lord.

    21 “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”

    Sounds pretty much like the events in Acts, eh?

  3. One thing jumped out at me reading this article. He contrasts the “holy” spiritual nation with the political natural down to earth nation we commonly refer to as the Nation of Israel.

    Having spent some time in Israel, traveling around the country, the big city of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the old city and here and there seeing historical cites and countryside I laugh thinking why anyone would believe the land that is the nation Israel is “HOLY”! Maybe there are Holy Spirit Filled Jews living there, and there are; Holy Spirit Filled Gentiles living there, and there are; and certainly there have been countless Holy Spirit Filled True Believers, the Church, that have visited and will visit there but, come on folks, that land and all those buildings and roadways, bridges and sidewalks, parks, school houses and religious facilities are in a continual state of degradation! There really really really is nothing “holy” about that country. I’ve travelled a great deal going to visit countries on all continents and much of the United Stated and I attest the same kind and degree of deterioration and degradation exists in the whole world!

    Here’s about the best description of the Holy Land in my view and notice it isn’t describing anywhere on earth:

    Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-5 ESV)

    Makes me wonder what the fight is all about fighting to build Jewish and Palestinian settlements there in that really unholy land?

    • Having spent some time in Israel, traveling around the country, the big city of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the old city and here and there seeing historical cites and countryside I laugh thinking why anyone would believe the land that is the nation Israel is “HOLY”!

      Amen Michael.

      Over at Soul Refuge blog, Bill posted a message awhile back about this very thing. I shared a portion of it here:

      Exposing The Myth Of The “Holy Land”

  4. The NIV errs in translating it “even to the Israel of God” rather than “and upon the Israel of God” as in the NASB. While some believe that “Israel of God” is the church, the evidence does not support such a conclusion. First, the repetition of the preposition (“upon” or “to”) indicates two groups are in view. Second, all the 65 other occurrences of the term “Israel” in the New Testament refer to Jews. It would thus be strange for Paul to use “Israel” here to mean Gentile Christians. Third, Paul elsewhere referred to two kinds of Israelites—believing Jews and unbelieving Jews (cf. Romans 9:6). Lest it be thought that Paul is anti-Semitic, he demonstrated by means of this benediction his deep love and concern for true Israel, that is, Jews who had come to Christ

    The most convenient way to dispose of many difficulties in interpreting Biblical prophecy has been the adoption of “replacement theology” – the claim that the church has replaced Israel and has inherited all of the promises given to national Israel. This usually also entails the spiritualizing of promises given to national Israel. If not spiritualized, they are deemed having been permanently forfeited because of Israel’s rebellion. The conclusion for most who accept replacement theology: the Jews and national Israel have no place in God’s plans and no particular significance in history or the end times.

    This approach is problematic. The term “Israel” is used seventy one times in the New Testament and seventy of them refer to the Jews or the nation of Israel. The one exception is the proof text for those who see no particular prophetic significance for Israel. Galatians 6:16 – “And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.” Paul is speaking of those of the new creation who are crucified with Christ. This includes regenerate Jews and Gentiles who have faith in Christ.

    The usage here is similar to the distinction Paul makes in Romans 2:28-29 and Romans 9:6-8 between those who are physically descended from Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob and those who are the remnant of faith. This distinction did not begin at Pentecost with the birth of the church, but as Romans 9 shows, was present under the Old Covenant. Nor does this distinction eradicate the significance of national Israel or ethnic Judaism. Romans 9 begins with Paul’s concern for the Jews and Romans 3 begins with the advantages of the Jews. Romans 11 is clearly about ethnic Israel and the attitude of humility the church should have toward the Jews. These verses do not teach that the church is Israel or that a Jewish Israel is forever outside of God’s plans.

    Consider Romans 11:25: “For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” Who is partially hardened? – not the church, but ethnic Israel. The contrast with “Gentiles” makes that clear. Romans 11:26 says, “And thus all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, `The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.'” Clearly (although this verse has a history of being subject to multiple, varied interpretations), “Israel” in verse 26 is the same as in verse 25 – ethnic Israel. Paul says that Israel’s hardening is partial and temporary. He did not say that a complete hardening has happened forever – that “Israel” is now the Gentile church.2

    Paul teaches in Romans 11 that Gentiles have been grafted into a Jewish olive tree. This means those among the Gentiles who have faith in Messiah are joined to the remnant of faithful Israel to make up “one new man” (Ephesians 2:15). Yet Israel as a group still has an identity. For example, Paul preached to Jews in Acts 13:16, referring to them as “men of Israel.” In Acts 28:20, Paul referred to his arrest as for, “the hope of Israel.” Paul did not make it his habit to use “Israel” to mean “church.”

    • The NIV errs in translating it “even to the Israel of God” rather than “and upon the Israel of God” as in the NASB. While some believe that “Israel of God” is the church, the evidence does not support such a conclusion

      I strongly disagree Doug. Bible researcher Michael Marlowe explains this very well in an article he wrote some years ago…the term, “the Israel of God” always was understood to mean the Church, made up of both Gentiles and Jews in the body of Christ. Simply taking the context of what the letter to the Galatians concerned, it would be illogical to think Paul would be meaning anything less…certainly he would not be bestowing this term upon unbelieving Israel! It has only become a controversial term in recent decades since dispensationalism became popular in the west. Prior to this, it was always understood to mean the Church.

      See, The Israel of God (Galatians 6:16) by Michael Marlowe, Dec. 2004

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