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Sermon #3289

All Israel Shall be Saved

A Sermon on Romans 11:25-32


Romans 11:25-32 ESV KJV
Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The …

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Sermon Description

In Romans 11:25–32, the apostle Paul is showing a prophecy from the Old Testament. The nation of Israel has been regarded as enemies of the Lord. Through their fall, salvation has now come to the Gentiles. Now Paul is reminding that Israel will once again be reunited with Christ and points out that the gifts and calling of God should not be regretted. All the people of God have been called with an irresistible call. Just as the Gentiles received mercy as a result of their disobedience, the Jews will one day receive mercy because of their disobedience as well. In this sermon on “All Israel Shall be Saved,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds the listener that the Jews were hardened because the Lord wanted to show mercy on the Gentiles so that all could believe and have salvation. Paul is encouraging his listeners that this period will not last forever. The Lord will once again bring the nation of Israel back into His fold in His timing.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The apostle Paul is explaining and expounding on the prophecy he gave in Romans 11:25-26.
  2. In verses 28-29, Paul lays down the principle on which his prophecy is based.
  3. Verse 28: According to the gospel, the Jews are enemies for the sake of the Gentiles. But according to election, they are beloved for the sake of the patriarchs.
  4. The Jews are passively regarded as enemies and beloved. They are not actively acting as enemies or loving.
  5. "Enemies" refers to how the Jews rejected the gospel and opposed Christ and His followers. They are enemies for the benefit of the Gentiles who have received salvation.
  6. "Beloved" refers to how God still loves the Jews because of His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  7. Verse 29: The gifts and calling of God are without regret. God will never regret choosing Israel and giving them gifts and promises.
  8. God's purpose is eternal, not temporary. His promises to Israel will be fulfilled.
  9. The "gifts" refer to all the blessings God gave Israel like adoption, glory, covenants, law, promises, etc. The "calling" refers to God calling Israel to be His people.
  10. Paul is defending God and justifying His ways. God has not rejected Israel. Their rejection is only temporary.
  11. The Israel being referred to is the nation as a whole, not just the elect remnant. The elect remnant are not regarded as enemies. But national Israel is currently blinded.
  12. Verses 30-31 further confirm Paul is referring to national Israel. The Gentiles obtained mercy through Israel's unbelief, just as Israel will obtain mercy through the Gentiles' mercy.
  13. God has dealt with Israel this way before, regarding them as enemies for a time but then restoring them because they are beloved for the sake of the patriarchs. The same will happen again.
  14. Though Israel is currently blinded in part and regarded as enemies, God will save "all Israel" and restore them as He promised the patriarchs.

The Book of Romans

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.