Bible: Romans 9:1-23

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Israel’s Rejection Considered

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I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!), for my conscience assures me 2  in the Holy Spirit 9:2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3  9:3 For I could wish 4  that I myself were accursed – cut off from Christ – for the sake of my people, 5  my fellow countrymen, 6  9:4 who are Israelites. To them belong 7  the adoption as sons, 8  the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple worship, 9  and the promises. 9:5 To them belong the patriarchs, 10  and from them, 11  by human descent, 12  came the Christ, 13  who is God over all, blessed forever! 14  Amen.

9:6 It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, 15  9:7 nor are all the children Abraham’s true descendants; ratherthrough Isaac will your descendants be counted.” 16  9:8 This means 17  it is not the children of the flesh 18  who are the children of God; rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants. 9:9 For this is what the promise declared: 19 About a year from now 20  I will return and Sarah will have a son.” 21  9:10 Not only that, but when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, 22  our ancestor Isaac 9:11 even before they were born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose in election 23  would stand, not by works but by 24  his calling) 25  9:12 26  it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger,” 27  9:13 just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 28 

9:14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! 9:15 For he says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 29  9:16 So then, 30  it does not depend on human desire or exertion, 31  but on God who shows mercy. 9:17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh: 32 For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may demonstrate my power in you, and that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” 33  9:18 So then, 34  God 35  has mercy on whom he chooses to have mercy, and he hardens whom he chooses to harden. 36 

9:19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who has ever resisted his will? 9:20 But who indeed are you – a mere human being 37 to talk back to God? 38  Does what is molded say to the molder, “Why have you made me like this? 39  9:21 Has the potter no right to make from the same lump of clay 40  one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use? 41  9:22 But what if God, willing to demonstrate his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects 42  of wrath 43  prepared for destruction? 44  9:23 And what if he is willing to make known the wealth of his glory on the objects 45  of mercy that he has prepared beforehand for glory

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