“Some” vs. “All” - The Doctrine of the Remnant and the Salvation of Israel in Romans 9-11 -- By: Steve Lewis

Journal: Conservative Theological Journal
Volume: CTJ 09:26 (Mar 2005)
Article: “Some” vs. “All” - The Doctrine of the Remnant and the Salvation of Israel in Romans 9-11
Author: Steve Lewis

“Some” vs. “All” - The Doctrine of the Remnant and the Salvation of Israel in Romans 9-11

Steve Lewis

Graduate Studies, Tyndale Seminary

High Peaks Bible Fellowship, Parker, CO.


By a thorough study of Romans chapters 9 through 11, especially 11:26 (“all Israel will be saved”), the author will demonstrate the “all” refers to what is left of Israel in the end-times, and these hardened Jews will soften by the sovereign grace of the Lord and will trust Jesus as their Savior.


Romans chapters 9–11 have a significant place in the overall argument of the apostle Paul in the book of Romans. These chapters deal with the important issue of the apparent failure of God’s Word concerning His people Israel. This passage of Scripture is permeated with the doctrine of the “Remnant of Israel,” describing its current implications for believers as well as its eschatological implications for the nation of Israel. The present study will focus on a contextual and grammatical analysis of Romans 9–11 in order to provide a consistent interpretation of the different aspects of God’s plan for the salvation of Israel. Special attention will be focused on Romans 11:25–26 regarding the eventual salvation of Israel on a national scale.

The Apparent Failure of God’s Word and its Initial Defense (9:1-6)

Romans 9:1–5 describes the privileges given to Israel and the apparent failure of the Word of God. Barrett comments that, “The introductory paragraph (w. 1–5) has sharpened the problem. Since God has so clearly given Israel a position of unique privilege, does not Israel’s defection mean that God’s intention has broken down? The word of promise has been proved false by history. God’s foreknowledge (8:29)

has been shown to be in error.”1 It is clear that a detailed response to this issue would be of utmost importance to Jews and Gentiles alike.

Romans 9:6 is a crucial verse in this passage because it explains Paul’s purpose for including chapters 9–11 in this epistle: “It is not as though the Word of God has failed.” Paul is intent on demonstrating that the Word of God can be trusted completely, even though it may look as if it failed in regard to the n...

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