Until the fullness of the Gentiles has come

Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 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”; “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” Romans 11:25-27

God has not forsaken or forgotten the Jews. They are still His people just as they have been for over four thousand years. Yes they turned away from God’s chosen one, but still a few come back to God in every generation. But God still has plans for them. Paul describes it as “this mystery.” What is the fullness of the Gentiles that Paul refers to? I am not sure that anyone can be 100% positive but I think it is at the end time when the Gospel has been proclaimed to all nations and tongues. God will do something that will cause the Jews to repent and come back to Him. They will realize that Jesus is the promised Messiah and will fall down to worship Him.

Jesus came to the Jews for their salvation and many if not most rejected Him. For over two thousand years they have been waiting on an event that has already happened. Unable to see the truth they continue in ways both the same and very different than practiced in the first century. They have had to deal with the destruction of the temple and the loss of a homeland and all the record needed to verify the messiah linage. But sill they hope, still they look towards the Messiah’s coming.

When Jesus returns, believers will see it as His second coming. The Jews will see it as His first coming and finally they will be reconciled with God. It is the sad state of man that we will reject the truth in order to keep out own beliefs and expectations intact. This still goes on today. People are confronted with God’s truth and refuse to believe. They would rather keep their own comfortable beliefs rather than accept God’s grace. They would rather try to hang onto what they will eventually lose rather than take what they cannot lose, God’s eternal salvation.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to Until the fullness of the Gentiles has come

  1. ephesians413 says:

    Romans 11:11 says, “I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.”

    I would venture to say that the way some Christians live would never give the Jews any reason to be jealous. What makes a man jealous? He becomes jealous if some other man is a serious threat and possibly taking away his wife’s affection. Christians can only provoke the Jews to jealousy if they are living a true Christian life and likewise receiving the benefits that a close relationship with God would give them.

    The next verse says, “Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?”

    This seems to show that we don’t need to proselytize to the Jews. What we need to do is live lives that get them jealous, not because or our worldly goods or natural blessings, but because of our closeness to God. When the Jews find God, then this world can be truly blessed!

    • dwwork says:

      I agree, if we live our lives according to God’s word that witness is more powerful than anything we can say. The Jews are still God’s chosen people and He still has a plan for them.

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