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Rom 11:31- Gathering of Israel

Rom 11:31 can clarify when the gathering of Israel that Paul speaks of in Rom 11:26.

Rom 11:31 says, “so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.”

What’s interesting here is the last “now” in the verse. It seems to be saying that Israel will be gathered in at the same time as the Gentiles. This also goes along with the mechanism that Paul tells us will bring the Jews in – jealousy of the Gentiles (Rom 11:11) .

(the last “now” is found in Aleph, B, D, and other witnesses)

It also makes sense in light of Rom 11:12, “Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!”

Since Israel is seen here as blessing the Gentiles in their “full inclusion” we should not think that the full inclusion will happen after the Gentiles are gone as some do.


About theologian

I'm a child of the King, my Father who is in Heaven, by the precious blood of His eternal Son, Jesus Christ. I am married with children and currently reside in Pennsylvania. I am a Pastor with the Association of Charismatic Reformed Churches (ACRC) working as an Urban Missionary in Chester, PA. Throughout my time in ministry God has also blessed me with opportunities for formal education by which I earned my terminal degree (Doctor of Theology) from New Geneva Theological Seminary in 2013.


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