There is a secret truth, my friends, which I want you to know, for it will keep you from thinking how wise you are. It is that the stubbornness of the people of Israel is not permanent, but will last only until the complete number of Gentiles comes to God.
And this is how all Israel will be saved. As the scripture says, 1 "The Savior will come from Zion and remove all wickedness from the descendants of Jacob.
I will make this covenant with them 2 when I take away their sins."
Because they reject the Good News, the Jews are God's enemies for the sake of you Gentiles. But because of God's choice, they are his friends because of their ancestors.
For God does not change his mind about whom he chooses and blesses.
As for you Gentiles, you disobeyed God in the past; but now you have received God's mercy because the Jews were disobedient.
In the same way, because of the mercy that you have received, the Jews now disobey God, in order that they also may now receive God's mercy.
For God has made all people prisoners of disobedience, so that he might show mercy to them all.
How great are God's riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways? 3
As the scripture says, 4 "Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice?
Who has ever given him anything, 5 so that he had to pay it back?"
For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen. 6