Rom 11:26-29 “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
In verse twenty-five of this chapter, Paul speaks of a mystery; how that “blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” Remember that Paul had a great desire to see Israel embrace the righteousness of God and put away seeking after their own righteousness. Paul seems to indicate that the blessings being poured out upon the Gentiles should incite in his Jewish brethren a desire to follow after Christ. This brings about the saving (delivering) of all Israel.
Paul points out earlier in this epistle that “they are not all Israel, which are of Israel.” There is a spiritual Israel that is made up of both the national Jew and the national Gentile. The saving of all Israel then is in the hands of the Deliverer. Our deliver has torn down the middle wall of partition between us (Eph. 2:14).
Notice the positive declarations that Paul highlights. There shall come a Deliverer out of Zion. He was not going to attempt to rescue Jacob; He was not going to try and deliver. He was and is the Deliverer.
The Deliverer shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. Again, this was no half-hearted attempt at something. The Deliverer positively turns away ungodliness. Wickedness, in any of its forms, cannot abide in the covenant presence of Jesus Christ.
He did not say “This is my covenant with them.” That would imply a partnership in the turning away of ungodliness and the taking away of sins. Rather, the scripture says concerning our Deliverer “This is my covenant unto them.” This is His work according to His purpose and power.
Those who seek to establish their own righteousness are enemies when it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We cannot truly rejoice in the gospel and try to gain favor with God by our efforts at the same time. However, we have no right to assume that God does not care for those who appear to be our enemies. Where the election is concerned, they are (always have been, always will be) dear to the Father.
God is constant in all His ways. He does not give eternal life with one hand and take it away with the other. He does not purpose to turn away ungodliness and then fail to do so. He has surely taken away our sins according to His will and purpose. If we are in the election of His grace, then no power can ever pluck us from His hand: He will never renege on the gifts and calling that He has bestowed upon His people.
May we rejoice always in the sure purposes of God and His power to bring them all to fullness!