That He might have mercy on all

  

As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.  For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.  For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. – Romans 11:28-32

Paul writes to the Gentile Christians in Rome regarding the unbelieving Jews, as regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake.  The Jews’ rejection of and enmity toward the gospel was for the salvation of the Gentiles.  

But as regards election, Paul continues, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.  God’s electing purposes for the nation of Israel have not been revoked.  This doesn’t mean that all Jews will be saved unconditionally, even apart from Christ.  But it hints at major plans for the nation itself in terms of including them in the church.  

Why?  For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  There is nothing that can stop God from doing whatever He sets out to do, including in this case, Israel’s salvation.  

Then, we see the beauty of God’s plan repeated.  The Gentiles were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of Israel’s disobedience.  But that’s not where it stops. 

Just as the Gentiles were at one time disobedient but now have received mercy because of Israel’s disobedience, so they, the Jews, too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.  

Israel’s disobedience -> mercy given to Gentiles -> mercy given to Jews

Here, we see God’s beautiful plan of salvation, and it’s all because of this: God has consigned all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.  

The reason why man was allowed to rebel, allowed to disobey, was so that God could show His mercy among all people.  

At this point, the scoffer might say, Why, your God must be very vain, that He would do things to show off His mercy.  But what the scoffer doesn’t understand is that God is simply being who He is.  He is perfectly merciful, and being Himself, He will show His perfect mercy in the perfect way.  And this is it.  Secondly, it’s for our joy.  When a redeemed person beholds this perfect plan, it brings him to his knees before the Almighty in heartfelt praise.   

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