In today’s passage, Paul uses himself as Exhibit A in arguing that Israel is not irredeemably rejected by God. Israel rejected God’s Messiah, and God rejected Israel (along with all unbelievers), but the door is still open to the salvation for those who come to God through Christ. And Paul is not alone among the Israelites who can experience salvation. Not only do Israelites have the possibility of salvation by grace through faith in Christ (see chapter ten), but some have the certainty of salvation. God has chosen a remnant by grace from among Israelites and Gentiles through whom to shine His redemptive glory.