- Mar 14, 2011
I dont get it....you say Israel as a whole is blinded. WHO is Israel?
Paul spent much of his writings telling us there was no difference between jew and gentile. We are all one under Christ.
However, if you read the passage I showed. He said there is a difference.
1. Jew, as natural branches, were grafted out (cut off due to unbelief) gentile, as unnatural branches, are grafted in. Here already we see the general tone of most of pauls writtings has changed. He is not saying jew and gentile are one, there is no difference. He is separating the two.
as for your question. If gentiles are non Israelites. and he is not talking about the church here. Who are the Israel? Remember in the OT where a prophet said he was the only one left. And God said he has a remnant. Paul uses the same language here. Isreal is only blinded "in part" (meaning not all Israel has rejected Christ. there are saved people from the twelve tribes of Israel.) Israel in a non gentile. Or of the lineage of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob.
All the people trying to use other passages where paul says there is no difference e between jew and gentile do not apply here. Paul did separate jew and gentile. Thus national Isreal. And not the church, must be applied to Israel in romans 11.
Are "Jews" Israel? If so, how can a jew be a participant in the New Covenant if Israel as a whole is blinded?
If jews are Israel and the blindness will be removed one day, is there any point in a jew BEING a participant in the New Covenant now? Are there any jews in the new covenant now?
...for that matter..
Who is a jew?
Who is a jew?
Israel were the other ten tribes who were removed from their land by Syrian because of unbelief. The land was called Israel
but Israel, when spoken of in the NT would include all 12 tribes.