God’s Brilliant “Win-Win”

I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:11-15).

A final Jewish objection to the gospel is asked and decisively answered in Romans 11:11-32. Is the physical descendants of Abraham’s rejection of the Messiah and His gospel irrevoc­able? The emphatic answer is “Certainly NOT!”

In the brilliance of His manifold wisdom, God has sought to make a potential “win-win” situation out of the Jews’ initial stumbling over the rock of offense He laid in Zion.

The Jews’ rejection of their Messiah created a potential “win” for the Gentiles. They could obey the gospel and enjoy the manifold riches of God’s grace.

The Gentiles’ acceptance of the Messiah created a potential “win” for the Jews. They could become jealous of the Gentiles’ spiritual blessings in the Christ, obey His gospel, and then they too would be saved.

Salvation from sin for the Gentiles. Salvation from sin for the Jews.

It is God’s brilliant “win-win” solution to humanity’s greatest problem.

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