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Part 107: Will The Heart and Mind of Israel and the Unsaved Turn to Christ
(II Corinthians 3: 16).
Peace be unto you. We come thanking Almighty God our Father for yet another day. For His Son our Savior Christ Jesus and for the Holy Spirit.
We pray for the salvation and saving grace for all of humankind. However all will not accept the Lord thus Heaven and Hell.
Peace and Love, Carl A. Patton a willing servant of Almighty God in service to Christ Jesus writing for the Freedom Journal May 7, 2007.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Brethren we have to embrace the Gospel of Christ while we still live to be saved. There will be no time for repentance at the last and Great Day of Judgment.
II Corinthians 3: 16: “Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.” (Also see I Corinthians 2: 10)
The heart is an essential element in the Gospel. As Christ came and died and got up from the grave the New Covenant is practiced with the heart. The heart and mind of man is the same. Through the heart and mind one believes are disbelieves a truth proposed to them. Paul at this place makes the prediction that the Jews as a nation will someday turn to the Lord.
Follow us to the Old Testament Book of Isaiah where the removal of the veil of unbelief is predicted.
Isaiah 25: 7: “And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.”
The Prophet Isaiah makes a prediction of the Gospel Dispensation. The Jews as a nation will finally give up their rejection of Christ, thus they will recognize and accept Him as the Messiah promised in the Old Testament. Meanwhile the veil noted here is the unbelief in Christ among the Jews then and now. But Paul and Isaiah predict that someday they will cast off this veil of unbelief.
Follow us to the New Testament and Romans for even more clarity on this point.
Romans 11: 23, 26: “And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in. For God is able to graft them in again.”
“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:”
Regardless of Jew are Gentile the goodness of God is applied to those who deserve it, believers are unbelievers. (Also see Acts 10: 34-35).
The phrase “All Israel shall be saved” is often perverted to maintain rationale for Christian Zionism. However this does not mean every individual Jew will be saved. This is not true of Gentiles nor is it true for Jews. Also the salvation of a nation has never been part of scripture.
Thus the meaning and understanding resides in the Jews as a nation accepting Christ as the Messiah. This will then open the way for individual Jews to turn to Christ. (See Isaiah 59: 20). This is the unfulfilled prophecy between now and the second coming of Christ. Go on to verse 27 to get a better understanding of the nation of Israel and what God has said.
Romans 11: 27: “For this is my Covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.”
When the Jews turn unto Christ and from their transgressions, God will fulfill his Covenant unto them, namely, to take away their sins.
Cont. Part 108: There is Freedom In The New Covenant (II Corinthians 3: 17-18)
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