Gentiles Will be Saved

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Paul was appointed as a missionary to the Gentiles (v.13). He reminded his Jewish brethren of this fact, hoping that they too would want to be saved (v. 14). The Jews had been rejected, and thus Gentiles were being offered salvation. When a Jew comes to Christ there is great rejoicing. It was as if the dead person had come back to life (v. 15). Speaking to Gentile Christians, Paul warns them to not feel superior because God rejected some Jews (v. 18). They must keep in mind Abraham’s descendants are the root of a productive tree, and the Jewish people are the tree’s natural branches (vv. 19-21). However, because of their faithlessness they were as broken branches, and the Gentile believers were grafted in their place. Both Jews and Gentiles share the tree’s nourishment based on faith in God. Neither can rest on heritage or culture for salvation. “Continue in His goodness” (v.22) refers to steadfast perseverance in faith. Steadfastness is a proof of the reality of faith and a by-product of salvation, not a means to it. 


The Jewish people have a marvelous history and heritage, but everyone needs to be aware of the Bible’s teaching on God’s plan for Israel (vv. 23-24). In this passage Paul teaches us about how Israel’s unbelief has led to the hardening of their hearts toward Jesus Christ and the blessed Gospel of peace. Since most Jews have rejected Christ, God has rejected them. They have missed the way, the truth, and the life found in Jesus Christ. Yet, we learn in Romans 11 that God has special plans for their regathering, restoration, and redemption (Rom. 11:26). When Israel rejected Jesus Christ, the nation lost her favored position before God, and the Gospel was then preached to the Gentiles. God allowed this so that the Jews would hopefully become jealous and turn back to God. 


I never want to take for granted what God has done in and through my life. I am so thankful that God has provided salvation for both Gentiles and Jews. This salvation is through simple faith in Him, and not because of what I do or don’t do.

Romans 11:13-24 (English Standard Version)

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