Not only is it true that there will always be a faithful minority among Israel, but God's word also teaches that someday a majority among ethnic Israel will be saved. The people of Israel, as a whole, will turn back to the faith of their fathers and will acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Their fall into apostasy is not permanent, says Paul. For just as their excommunication resulted in the salvation of the Gentiles, the salvation of the Gentiles will someday result in the restoration of Israel: "Because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make Israel jealous. Now if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much more riches will their fullness be! . . . For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?" (v. 11-15).
The order of events thus seems to be as follows:
1. The Jewish apostasy resulted in the salvation of the Gentiles;
2. The salvation of the Gentiles will someday bring about the restoration of ethnic Israel; and, finally,
3. The restoration of Israel will cause an even greater revival among the Gentiles, which (compared to everything earlier) will be much greater "riches" (v. 12), like "life from the dead" (v. 15).
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