Israel’s Rejection Is Not Final
11:1I say then, Did God cast off his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 11:2God did not cast off his people which he foreknew. Or know ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah? how he pleadeth with God against Israel: 11:3Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 11:4But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal. 11:5Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 11:6But if it is by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.
11:7What then? that which Israel seeketh for, that he obtained not; but the election obtained it, and the rest were hardened:
11:8according as it is written,
eyes that they should not see,
and ears that they should not hear,
unto this very day.
11:9And David saith,
Let their table be made a snare, and a trap,
11:10Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see,
And bow thou down their back always.
The Salvation of the Gentiles
11:11I say then, Did they stumble that they might fall? God forbid: but by their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy. 11:12Now if their fall, is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
11:13But I speak to you that are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my ministry; 11:14if by any means I may provoke to jealousy them that are my flesh, and may save some of them. 11:15For if the casting away of them is the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 11:16And if the firstfruit is holy, so is the lump: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
11:17But if some of the branches were broken off, and thou, being a wild olive, wast grafted in among them, and didst become partaker with them of the root of the fatness of the olive tree; 11:18glory not over the branches: but if thou gloriest, it is not thou that bearest the root, but the root thee.11:19Thou wilt say then, Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. 11:20Well; by their unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by thy faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 11:21for if God spared not the natural branches, neither will he spare thee. 11:22Behold then the goodness and severity of God: toward them that fell, severity; but toward thee, God's goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 11:23And they also, if they continue not in their unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. 11:24For if thou wast cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and wast grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more shall these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
All Israel Will Be Saved
11:26and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written,
There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer;
He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
11:27And this is my covenant unto them,
When I shall take away their sins.
11:28As touching the gospel, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sake. 11:29For the gifts and the calling of God are not repented of. 11:30For as ye in time past were disobedient to God, but now have obtained mercy by their disobedience, 11:31even so have these also now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they also may now obtain mercy. 11:32For God hath shut up all unto disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.
or who hath been his counsellor?
11:35or who hath first given to him,
and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Fillmore Study Bible annotations by Mark Hicks
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