God’s plan: God has a master plan. Some of it seems a mystery to us but we can be confident that God knows what He is doing.
What has happened to Israel is all a part of God’s plan, and He knows what He is doing. The blinding (or hardening, Rom. 11:7) of Israel as a nation is neither total nor final: it is partial and temporary.
How long will it last? “Until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:25). There is a “fullness” for Israel and for the Gentiles. Today, God in His grace is visiting the Gentiles and taking out a people for His name. Individual Jews are being saved, of course; but this present age is primarily a time when God is visiting the Gentiles and building His church. When this present age has run its course, and the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, then God will once more deal with the nation of Israel.
God’s goal: God wants us to continue to spread the good news of Jesus. We are to go to the whole world, gentile and Jew. There is no plan B with God.
The emphasis is on the covenant of God with Israel. God chose Israel in His grace and not because of any merit in her. If the nation was not chosen because of its goodness, can it be rejected because of its sin?
“Election” means grace, not merit. The Jewish people are “enemies” to the believing Gentiles because of their hostile attitude toward the good news. But to God, the Jewish people are “beloved for the fathers’ sakes.” God will not break His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- Ephesians 3:6 — 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in the Messiah Jesus through the good news [gospel],
- Romans 11:25 — 25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;
- Colossians 1:27 — 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is the Messiah in you, the hope of glory.