blindness in part

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. Rom. 11:25

Here are two intriguing things; “blindness in part” and “fulness of the Gentiles.”

The “in part” denotes:

  1. A duration of time. As if blindness will occur while the Gentiles do their thing or come into their fullness. (whatever ‘fullness’ happens to be)
  2. The effect upon individuals. It cannot be said that all Jewish neighbors are blind in their assessment of who the Messiah is, no matter what age we live in. By the same token, it cannot be said that all Jewish neighbors will see, whether during or after the fullness of the Gentiles.
  3. The expression “in part” can be reiterated “for the most part” or “as a whole.” I think the context directs us to this conclusion.
  4. Therefore for the most part Israel will be blind to the Messiah until. . .

Now what about those Gentiles in their fullness?

2 thoughts on “blindness in part”

  1. It is one thing to know Jesus is the Messiah. But it is another to accept Him as Lord of your life. I am convinced that at least many (if not most) of the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ time “knew” He was the Messiah, but they refused to acknowledge and accept it. How many today in denominational Christianity know Jesus is the Messiah but refuse to truly make Him Lord?

    I do not know what the “fullness of the Gentiles” means. It seems the Gentiles have always also been blind to the Messiah as a whole, and it is the exception that bows to Jesus in reality. It is hard to imagine it getting worse but it may indeed.

  2. I think the fullness has to do with the Jesus as the Messiah being associated with the Gentile world. I can’t think of any other thing that would validate the existence of the nations. As a whole, it seems the Gentiles have made a wreck of things. But it is the case that from 2nd -3rd century onward, the knowledge of Jesus has largely been forwarded through the Gentiles.

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