“For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” ~ Romans 11:15
The casting away of Israel.
Whereas God dealt only with Gentiles in times past via the nation of Israel, in this present dispensation, he deals directly with individuals, on a worldwide basis.
It is through Christ’s provision for mankind’s sins, his burial and resurrection, (which is the word of reconciliation in this present dispensation of grace), that all men can now approach him directly, without having to go via Israel as they did in times past to be saved.
God provided all men with the knowledge on how to be saved. It’s in the Book, rightly divided – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – how God is reconciling the world unto himself today.
Thus, Israel’s casting away almost 2000 years ago still has relevance today as it means God is still reconciling (present tense) the world to himself through the ministry of reconciliation, by the word of reconciliation, and not through Israel as a mediator.
God provided. The world needs to take ownership of that provision, which is the good news which saves men’s souls:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
© Audrey Henry – 13 August 2018.