Torrance on The Continued Rejection of Israel

It becomes clear, then, that the rejection of Israel is not its abandonment but the reaffirmation of Israel in the fullness of the covenant and its promises. The covenant remains. God keeps his promises, and his faithfulness is not made of none effect by the faithlessness of his ancient people. The rejection of Israel as a people is only to be understood in the light of the substitutionary nature of the cross, for Israel’s rejection is bound up by God with the atoning rejection of the man on the cross, or rather in his acceptance of the sentence of our rejection – Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? Paul did not hesitate therefore to speak of the rejection of Israel as the reconciling of the world in language almost identical with his assertion that by the death of his Son we were reconciled to God. But it is precisely on the same ground that Paul could speak of the restoration of God’s people Israel. ‘For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.’ Similarly, ‘For if their rejection (Israel’s) means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead.’ (p54-55, Torrance)

Torrrance goes on to say that this does not simply mean that Israel will become Christian and be apart of the Church, but that the Church, the Israel of God, will have a special place for Israel.

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14 Replies to “Torrance on The Continued Rejection of Israel”

  1. Joel,

    I agee here with Torrance. But we need the Texts also. Gal. 6: 16 is the antithesis of Israel after the flesh – 1 Cor. 10:18, and compare Rom. 9:6 also Phil.3:3. It is “flesh verses the Spirit”, see also Gal. 5:18, and verse 5: 25. In verses 18 and 25 ‘walk’ refers to the rule or line followed, as chap. 6:16; Rom. 4:12; Phil.3:16. It is characteristic of the walk, leading, and life, the Spirit Himself being the instrument and power. – Fr. R.

    1. This entire section in Torrance’s book on the Incarnation deals expressly with Israel in rejection, election, and resurrection. I’ll try to post more about it later.

  2. Which book is this (the cite doesn’t have it). I’m also guessing this is Alan Torrence, I’ve been trying to find a bit of a introduction to his thought, to no avail.


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