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Hard hearts and mercy

by | Aug 24, 2021 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, “The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness.

Romans 11:25-26

Some people have what Paul describes as “hard hearts” when the good news of Christ is shared with them. Last week I met with an Orthodox Jewish friend who is just the type. He is an observant Jew, but he is closed to the Gospel. He once told me that my problem is that I see the message of the Bible with what he called “Jesus-colored” glasses. He meant that my worldview is dominated by my view of Christ as the Savior.

Earlier in Romans 2:10, Paul describes the gospel as for the Jews first and then the Gentiles (the rest of us) and that everyone who calls upon the Name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).

In the passage above, Paul says that the Jewish people whose hearts are hardened now, will one day be softened again to recognize their Rescuer. I hope and pray my friend is able to see through those same “Jesus-colored” glasses himself.


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