Friday, April 29, 2011

What happened to Israel

Almost every time I try and talk to someone about right division I'm told “I know I'm not Israel but I am grafted in.” Can you please explain to me Romans 11:13-25 is talking about. And, what exactly does it mean when someone says that Romans 9, 10 and 11 are Israel's past, present, and future.

Those who do not rightly divide God's word nor understand or believe Paul's Apostleship usually come to those of us who make the distinction that God commands us to and say that we are "grafted into" Israel. They say this because they fail to understand Paul's unique ministry, nor do they truly understand what Paul is dealing with in Romans chapter 11 because they fail to study it the Way God tells them...

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

When our Apostle wrote the book of Romans, God had him write it to us to explain what God has accomplished through the Cross work of our Lord Jesus Christ for us gentiles living in the present dispensation of grace! Before Paul, God's righteousness was revealed in the law of Moses given to the nation of Israel! But today, since God changed his program in the earth from law to grace, God's righteousness is found, not in the law, but in Christ and what he did on the Cross!

Romans 3:21-24
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Romans 10:4
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

For the first 8 chapters Paul is explaining all the riches that God has given us gentiles through what Christ did on the cross and how blessed us gentiles are because of his sacrifice! Therefore, the logical question would come up if you begin to see and understand what Paul says about how God is blessing us gentiles today...then what happened to Israel?!

What happened to the favored people of God? What did God do to them? Will he still give them their long promised earthly kingdom? Has God, who is now dealing with all nations today, and not just with the nation of Israel, give the nation of Israel their kingdom?

All these questions are great questions for the bible student! And all these questions are answered by God through our Apostle Paul! Paul deals specifically with Israel and what happened to them in Romans, chapters 9, 10, and 11.

When you study out Romans 9, you see how God dealt with Israel as his chosen people back in time past.

When you study Romans 10, you see how God has set them aside temporarily during this present dispensation of Grace because of their unbelief and rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ!

And then lastly, in Romans 11, Paul explains Israel future—how that God will one day end his dealings with us gentiles and then go back to his favored nation and deal with them, and out of them re-gather a believing remnant and give them their earthly kingdom!

So that is what Romans 9, 10 and 11 is all about.

Hopefully this helps! 

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