And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. (Romans 11:6)

Leslie M John

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;  And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness”. (Zechariah 8:7-8)

The warning Apostle Paul gave to Gentiles in Romans 11th Chapter does not mean that salvation would be lost, but it is of the severity of the chastisement that they face at God’s hands in cases where they do not realize the goodness of God. He quotes the chastisement Jews suffered at the hands of the Almighty God was for the thought that they had that their merits would save them. 

“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?  For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches”. (Romans 11:12-16)

God has concluded all Israel in unbelief and it is time now for Gentiles to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. Many Jews have neither recognized the Son of God, when he came down to this earth, as their Messiah, nor did they give cognizance to the efficacy of the blood of Lord Jesus, who bore not only their sins but of the whole world.

Israel would not remain in the present state of their blindness of the love of Jesus, but soon they would come out from it and see clearly who their Savior was. This will not happen until the fullness of the Gentiles is come in. The Scriptures are clear that ‘all Israel shall be saved’. Messiah will turn away from them their ungodliness because of the covenant God made with the Patriarchs.

“Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. 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”. (Romans 11:10-11)

There is inconsistency in interpreting that Church has replaced Israel. If ‘replacement theology’ is considered as true, then it would mean that Israel is fully replaced by the Church, and therefore, Church is the “new Israel” and eventually Church will inherit all the covenants and promises God made to Israel. It would also mean that Israel will not inherit God’s Promised Land. That understanding is not true.

Apostle Paul questions as to who has known the mind of Lord, who has been his counselor. It is obvious that God’s thoughts are higher than ours and His ways are un-understandable to us.

The truth is detailed in Romans 11:16-24 where Israel is depicted as distinct from the Church (cf. Deuteronomy 30:3-6; Zachariah 8:7-8; 12:10; Daniel 9:24-27; Romans 11:12, 26-29, Isaiah 27:9; 59-20-21; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 7:1-8).

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10)

Whoever accepts Jesus as his/her personal Savior, and believe in heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day, will have eternal life (cf. Romans 10:9-10).