Romans. Rom 11:25-27 March 25, 2012. Rom 11:25 the â€œmysteryâ€ English idea of â€œmysteryâ€ (Websterâ€™s) 1. anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown: the mysteries of nature .
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March 25, 2012
In the context of Rom 11:25, a few considerations:
1. Chp 9-11 thus far Paul has been describing how the majority of Jews do not believe, citing the OT idea of “remnant” and its counter part “hardening.”
2. Paul’s use of the term “mystery” here would most likely include the idea of “what can be known only through revelation mediated from God” (Friberg)
3. Paul’s (and some OT) use of “mystery” occasionally (with definition above) pertains to the future – e.g. 1 Cor 15:51-52. See also Dan 2:17-18, 27-28 (example of “apocalyptic” OT lit.).
4. “Paul came to understand this mystery through study of the OT in light of the gospel. But the apocalyptic flavor of the word ‘mystery’ point to the involvement of a special divine revelation as well” Moo
Before we dive into the content of the ‘mystery’ we need to see the purpose behind Paul’s statement.
1. Who is “Israel”?
Two major lines of interpretation:
1) “Israel” is all the elect, both Jews & Gentiles. Doesn’t fit context.
2) “Israel” refers to Jews, the ethnic descendants of Abraham. This is the only interpretation which does justice to the context of Rom 9-11
Details of the Mystery. “All Israel” = the collective whole of the remnant.