Romans 914

1 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises.

Paul says that he would have been willing to swap places with his fellow Israelites and be cut off from Christ, if it meant that they would accept Jesus as their Saviour, now in this present age. Paul was willing to be accursed from Christ for the sake of his fellow Israelites.

The curse Paul was talking about was the Abrahamic curse of unbelief, "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you". Paul wanted his fellow countrymen to be saved before they died so that they would not remain under God's curse and therefore have to face God's judgement in the Lake of Fire, at the Great White Throne Judgement. If it were possible for God to accept Paul's sacrificial offering of being accursed from Christ for the sake of the Jews, it would have meant that Paul would have missed out on the blessing of the Abrahamic Covenant, which is to enter the Millennial

Kingdom as God's Elect. It would have also meant that Paul would have had to bear God's judgement in the Lake of Fire instead of his unbelieving fellow countrymen.

Just think about it. If the doctrine of hell was true and all Israelites who died as unbelievers ended up in hell's never-ending torment, it would have been absolutely absurd for Paul to want to swap places with them. It would have meant that Paul's love for God's chosen people would have surpassed God's love for them, as God would have been willing to throw them into a hell of eternal torment. It simply does not make sense for anyone to believe that Paul was willing to be separated from Christ forever in hell in order to save his fellow countrymen.

The truth of the Bible is that Paul believed in and taught Universal Reconciliation (Colossians 1:20) and he never believed in the doctrine of eternal torture in hell. He did not want his fellow Israelites, as God's chosen people, to miss out on the Abrahamic blessing of Christ's Millennial Kingdom, and for them to have to endure God's judgement in the Lake of Fire. However, Paul understood that all of God's judgements flow out of His love, and lead to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Ultimately, all Israelites without exception will be saved and reconciled to God. They will all enter God's Eternal Kingdom of the New Heaven and the New Earth.

There is not a single verse in the New Testament where Paul supports the doctrine of eternal torture in hell. Paul continues his case for unbelieving Jews in Romans Chapter 11. He says emphatically that God has not cast away unbelieving Jews, whom He foreknew.

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  • alannah hamilton
    Why was paul willing to be accursed from christ for his fellow israelites?
    7 years ago

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