Chapter 9:6-8 – In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. ~ Romans 9:6-8
Here Paul makes a striking distinction between the Israelites, applying the promise God made to Abraham which says “in Isaac shall thy seed be called” (KJV) to those within Israel who are of faith, and not to those who were of natural descent only.
Paul here echos that which he has already stated in chapter 2:
25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. 28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God. ~ Romans 2:25-29
In Paul’s doctrine, one who was a Jew in the flesh (the circumcision) but did not keep the law, was as an uncircumcised person in the eyes of God “if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision.” And the uncircumcised (Gentile) who obeyed the law was counted as a Jew in the eyes of God, “So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?”
Abraham’s family has always been a household of “faith” in the eyes of God. Being Jewish (Israel) has never been about race only. In his letter to the Galatians Paul tells the Gentile brethren, “if ye belong to Christ, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” ~ Galatians 3::29. In the next chapter, Paul tells the Galatians, “For we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” ~ Galatians 4:28
Notice that Paul does not say to the Gentiles at Galatia, “ye, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of the promise.” Paul uses the pronoun “we” which would include himself, a physically circumcised Jew.
This is where many often stumble over Paul’s teachings. They think that the Gentiles have become the “spiritual children” of Abraham, while the Jews remain as the “true children” of Abraham because of their physical descent. This sort of thinking is out of sync with Paul’s.
The promise God made to Abraham was a family from “all nations,” for the children God promised to Abraham would be those who would follow his faith. They are the heirs of the promise which God made to Abraham. Abraham is the father of all who believe and that is why Paul makes the distinction that he does between the Israelites who sought righteousness through faith, and those who sought it through the works of the Law.
In Romans 9-11, Paul tells us that only a remnant of the people of Israel truly found God’s way of righteousness and that the people of Israel, as a whole, did not obtain righteousness because they did not seek it by faith. Instead, they sought it by the works of the Law, i.e., through their national identity.
In Romans 4, Paul tells us that because of Abraham’s faith, he was declared righteous in the sight of God, apart from the works of the law. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness. In Galatians Paul says, “…the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed.” ~ Galatians 3:8
Abraham believed the gospel in advance which was God’s promise to justify all who believe. Therefore all who are of faith (faith in Jesus) are the children of Abraham and heirs to the promise – this is true for the Jew and the Gentile.
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Outstanding study Michael. The most people with a dispensationalism view quote:
26And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Their view is: The Jews did’not receive Jesus Christ as the Messiah, but by His second coming, He will turn a way ungodliness from Jacob. And then He will start a New covenant with Jacob.
My problem with this view is: Will Jesus made for the second time a New Covenant with Israël?
Lets see what the scriptures says:
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26
19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22
The forgiveness of sin by the blood. Jesus established His covenant with Jewisch men.
But you only receive forgiveness of sin if you believe tha Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And if you believe that, there is also forgiveness of sin for gentiles.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1
What did Jesus do?
3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Hebrews 1
He purged our sins.
Now let that keep in mind and we go back to Romain 11.
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. Roman 11
Is that already happen by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, or must Jesus die again?
Here is the doctrine: we as children of God looking together with unbelieving Jews to the Second Coming. And the Jews then will all be save because Roman 11:27 said so?
So if you have some Abrahamic DNA you will be automaticly saved by the second coming? And an Italian of Dutch or an Chinese won’t?
Paul quotes a prophecy in Roman 11: 27
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.
21As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever. Iasah 59:21
HE TRUNS UNTO THEM THAT!!! TURN FROM TRANSGRESSION…
But the did’nt .
11He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And that is the reason why God broke unbelieving braches. The unbelieving branches are Jews. The believing branches are Jews, and these Jews are the foundation of the Ecclesia. Unto that tree, wich is the Christ, are gentiles grafted in. That three is the Ecclesia, because Jesus is the root. (Revelation 5:5) If the Root dies, we die. If a brach is broken off, the tree won’t die.
I am grafted in Christ together with my Jewish brother and sisters. But i am not grafted in a sinfull nation of Israel.
So the dispensational view is a dangerous one.