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A Theological Reflection on the Eschatological Nature of Salvation Related to Paul's Statement in Rom. 11:26
Religion and Theology
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THE ESCHATOLOGICAL NATURE OF SALVATION AND JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ACCORDING TO ROMANS 11:26. All Israel shall be saved is a Biblical affirmation of the success of God’s plan of salvation for his chosen people, Israel (Romans 11:26). Salvation is rooted in no other Person but in that of Christ Jesus.
Comprehending Jesus enigmatic twoness merged into one-his divinity and humanity, one also gains more insight into the spiritual significance of oneness experienced through grafting, the man-wife relationship and the sanctuary. These oneness symbols ultimately point to the merger between Christ Jesus and his Church, Israel. The first old covenant-promise was given to and through Abraham in which God would reveal his glory to the world. Because of the introduction of a new covenant, that Israel has obtained through Jesus, “mediator of the new covenant” (Hebrews 12:24), it prefigures the new dispensation of Israel in which Israel is more widely defined as those in Christ Jesus, the seed of Abraham. Likening Israel to an olive vine (Romans 11:17-25), Paul uses the horticultural practice of grafting and implements it as imagery, explaining the incorporation of Gentile believers into the body of Christ. One plant is called to the root stock and the other, the scion or branches. Believers are compared to the branches of the vine which depend on the root, Jesus Christ, for sustenance and survival. In grafting, through careful selection, one plant is grafted into another so that two plants grow and become one. Also, when pruning vines, gardeners would pare off the dead and dying branches to enable the healthier branches to grow. ...
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