I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, a so that you will not feel proud and start bragging. Some of the Jews have hard hearts, but this will last only until the complete number of Gentiles comes to Christ.
And so all Israel will be saved. Do you remember what the prophets said about this? "A Deliverer will come from Jerusalem, b and he will turn Israel c from all ungodliness.
And then I will keep my covenant with them and take away their sins." d28
Many of the Jews are now enemies of the Good News. But this has been to your benefit, for God has given his gifts to you Gentiles. Yet the Jews are still his chosen people because of his promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
For God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.
Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the Jews refused his mercy, God was merciful to you instead.
And now, in the same way, the Jews are the rebels, and God's mercy has come to you. But someday they, e too, will share in God's mercy.
For God has imprisoned all people in their own disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.
Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods!
For who can know what the Lord is thinking? Who knows enough to be his counselor? f35
And who could ever give him so much that he would have to pay it back?
For everything comes from him; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory. To him be glory evermore. Amen.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)