Before you read this blog post, may I suggest that you read Romans NLT, 9-10-11 at the Bible Gateway? Please read it in its entirety. Keep in mind election. I think you will find that Paul is explaining why many, faithful, Torah observant Jews will be judged harshly in 70CE, and why some Jews and Gentiles will not. It does not support hyper-Calvinism. Most importantly, Romans 11:32 , plainly, unequivocally, supports the idea of universal reconciliation. This makes the pure gospel message… grace alone, faith alone, for the glory of God alone very important.
(Romans 10:8-17 NLT) In fact, it says, "The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart." And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: (9) If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (11) As the Scriptures tell us, "Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced." (12) Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on Him. (13) For "Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved." (14) But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? (15) And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, "How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!" (16) But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, "LORD, who has believed our message?" (17) So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
The above passage of scripture is from the New Living Translation. I would strongly suggest that you get a copy of that some way. You can get it through e-sword, a free online bible software that I highly recommend, or you can simply buy a pew bible, hardback for about $10. If you get it from e-sword there is a fee from the publisher for downloading because the rights to the NLT are owned by Tyndale House Publishers. At any rate, it is written in very understandable English, and it really makes some of the harder passages become crystal clear. While I admit that at times it is tweaked to support a fundamental, evangelical, orthodox view of scripture, the fact is that translators could not keep that going throughout the entire work because there are areas that there is huge disagreement among evangelical fundamentalists, and the ninth, tenth, and eleventh chapter of Romans is one of them.
I suggest that at the very least you go to one of the online bibles and read Romans, chapters nine, ten, and eleven in the NLT version in one setting. There you will find the explanation of why God chose some Jews and some Gentiles to be saved from impending judgment. You can more clearly see that God elected certain ones for the judgment of 70CE among both Jews, and Gentiles, and that by reading Romans 11:32 -36 you will more clearly see the mystery of God’s great love and his ultimate universal reconciliation of all mankind.
This makes the passage that I have featured here all the more important. The good news should be proclaimed and believed. Believing the good news has great reward even while still on this earth. The good news provides eternal assurance of God’s love but, here and now it provides the method for completely resting and trusting in God. It provides the catalyst for the transformation… that is the transformation of fallen humans into reconciled beings that are able to love unconditionally. That will finally only come when more and more groups believe the real gospel in community… what is the real gospel you ask? Simply put it is this: “(9) If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”
How beautiful upon the mountain tops…