Day 14: Gentiles Fulfilling their Calling toward Israel
- That believers around the world will truly have God’s heart for Israel, loving them with an unconditional love as He does, and will have a right understanding from Scripture of His purposes for Israel and the Church
- That they will make the Jewish people a priority in evangelism and missions, hastening the day when all Israel will be saved and the resulting life from the dead for the world
- That they will pray earnestly and regularly for Israel’s salvation
- That Gentile believers will provoke Jewish people to jealousy as they see the beautiful relationship these believers have with the God of Israel through the Jewish Messiah
- That they would connect with their Jewish brothers and sisters in Messiah, and partner together as one new man to build God’s Kingdom
Some believe that the “fullness of the Gentiles” having to come in before Israel will be saved means a certain number of Gentiles coming into the Kingdom. But when you look at the context of Romans 9-11 it seems clear that the right understanding is that Gentiles must enter the fullness of their calling, and then all Israel will be saved.
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”
For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
Then it will be said: “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every stumbling block out of the way of My people.”
“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” says your God. “Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes – to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.
Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations, and set up My standard for the peoples; they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders; kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers; they shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord, for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”
“The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you.”
Again I ask: Did [the Jewish people] stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles, to provoke Israel to jealousy. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!
I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in the hope that I may somehow provoke my own people to jealousy and save some of them. For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.