Christian Pilgrim


24. All Israel shall be Saved

This phrase is notably found in Romans 11:26 - "and so all Israel shall be saved." Note it does not say "and then..." Therefore this means all the elect shall be saved in the aforesaid manner (i.e. "so"). i.e. All true believers, both Jews and Gentiles, are termed here "all Israel."

Note also in 10:1 Paul prays for the salvation of the Jews in particular, so he could not have believed that God still had a purpose for them, otherwise he would have had no need to pray for them in this way. 

Other verses also clearly indicate that all the promises made to the Jews in the Old Testament were only ever meant to be fulfilled in those who are the true "Israel of God" (Galatians 6:16), i.e. those in whom God has changed their hearts and made them a "new creature" (v.15), whether Jew or Gentile. The promises were never for the reprobate (Jew or Gentile), but only ever for true believers.

Isaiah 9:7 - Christ shall sit "upon the throne of David," and "of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end."

Hosea 1:10 - "the number of the children of Israel" is made up to include those that were "not my people."

Luke 19:9 - salvation is equivalent to being a "son of Abraham."

Acts 15:16 - the "tabernacle of David" being rebuilt is specifically said to mean the Gentiles coming into the church (v.17).

Romans 2:28,29 - "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."

Galatians 6:15,16 - "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God."

See also:

1 Corinthians 10:1-5 - “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.”

Hebrews 4:2 - “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

1 Corinthians 12:13 - "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."

Ephesians 2:8,9 - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."

Galatians 3:28,29 - "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise."

Romans 9:8 - "That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed."

Ephesians 3:6 - "That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel"

Romans 1:16 - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

Galatians 5:6 - "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love."

1 Corinthians 1:24 - "But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God."

1 Corinthians 7:19 - "Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God."

Genesis 15:6 - "And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness."

1 Peter 3:19,20 - "By which [the Spirit] also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. "