Israel’s Rejection Is Not Final
11:1I say then, Did God cast off his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite,1 of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.2 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.
- I also am an Israelite. Israelite: The illumined thoughts in consciousness, which are undergoing spiritual discipline.
- of the tribe of Benjamin. Benjamin: established in consciousness express as strong, courageous, and conquering thoughts ("mighty men of valor").
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.1 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,2 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?
- Gentiles. Worldly thoughts--thoughts pertaining to the external, or thoughts that function through the senses. The Gentile is the unregenerate state of mind in us.
- thou, being a wild olive. The exalting of divine wisdom and love in consciousness (Mount of Olives, height yielding illuminating oil, high luminous principle) ... didst become partaker with them of the root of the fatness of the olive tree. In Romans 11:17 we read of “the fatness of the olive tree,” and it is a well-known fact that love is a great attracter of substance, of true riches. (MBD/Olivet)
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 gifts1 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?
- Gifts. The gifts that the Wise Men of the East brought to Jesus represent qualities of mind given by divine wisdom.
Fillmore Study Bible annotations by Mark Hicks
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