The Theological Romance——-
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God —
John 1:11-12 –
God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring! I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. (Romans 11:11-23)
These are loaded truths and if I may paint a metaphore to help, suppose you saw in advance a woman that you had not met but you fell in love with her with forknowlege, this woman was who you would be with and marry. You think of her often, you grow to desire her more as time goes by and finally the day arives when your paths meet. Yet she knows you not? She falls in love with you for a time yet grows to doubt you are who you truly are, that you love her, that you are who you claim to be. She conspires against you and rejects you. How does this feel? You having loved this woman and grown to treasure her before you met and then she cannot see how deeply you loved her and still do love her. So it was with Israel as a nation, God chose her as his special people and guided them through the wilderness and set them free from slavery in Egypt. He continued to love her even though she forsook him for other gods, and worshiped the gods of the people’s around them. They grew to love the people and gods of other nations more then God who saw her as a delightful desert lily he plucked out of the hardships in Egypt and desert trials.
What is the Gospel? It is God’s love story about His original people who through betrayal deserted him yet through their rejection, In Jesus Christ, God had in mind since the foundation of time in mind to use her rejection- to pay for not just her sins, but the worlds by his death on a cross. His resurection from the dead. What Paul is saying is that God has not forsaken his original people but through her disobedience, salvation became possible for a people who were once not included as “God’s people” and nations, that were not considered loved of God!
Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.” After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God. “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ (Hosea 1:6-10 )
There remains now, one Gospel, for both the Jews and non Jews
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 –
Though one peoples were like one woman, the other people like another, yet by means of faith the “Church” the “Beloved of Christ” has become one woman made new from two peoples.