God's selection, our destiny
Of God who calls
speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie, my 2conscience
bearing witness with me in the Holy Spirit,
I have great grief and unceasing pain in my heart.
I could wish that I myself were a 1curse
from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh,
are Israelites, whose are the 1asonship
and the bglory
and the ccovenants
and the dgiving
of the law and the 2eservice
and the fpromises
are the fathers, and out of whom, as regards what is according to flesh, is the Christ, who is 1aGod bover
it is not as though the word of God has fallen away, for 1anot
all who are out of Israel are Israel;
is it that because they are the seed of aAbraham
, they are all children; but, b
"In Isaac shall your seed be called,''
is, it is
not the children of the flesh who
are the achildren
of God, but the bchildren
of the promise are accounted as the seed.
this is the word of promise, a
"At this time next year
I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.''
not only so,
also, having conceived by one, Isaac our father,
Though the children
had not yet been born nor had done anything good or bad (that the 1purpose
of God according to aselection
might remain, not of works but of Him who bcalls
was said to her, a
"The greater shall 1serve
it is written, a
"Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.''
Of God's mercy
then shall we say? Is there unrighteousness with God? Absolutely not!
to Moses He says, 1a
"I will have 2bmercy
on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have 2ccompassion
on whomever I will have compassion.''
then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
the Scripture says to Pharaoh, a
"For this very thing I have raised you up, that I might show in you My power, and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.''
then He has mercy on whom He wills, and He hardens whom He wills.
Of God's sovereignty
will say to me then, Why does He still find fault? For who withstands His will?
man, who are you who answer back to God? Shall the thing molded say to him who molded it, Why did you make me thus?
does not the apotter
have authority over the clay to make out of the same lump one 1bvessel
unto honor and another unto dishonor?
what if God, wishing to demonstrate His awrath
and make His power known, endured with much long-suffering vessels of wrath fitted for destruction,
order that He might make known the ariches
of His glory upon bvessels
, which He had before prepared unto 1dglory
us, whom He has also acalled
, not only from among the Jews but also from among the Gentiles?
He also says in Hosea, a
"I will call those who were not My people My people, and her who was not beloved beloved;
it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, aYou
are not My people, there shall they be called sons of the living God.''
Isaiah cries concerning Israel, a
"Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is
the remnant that
shall be saved;
the Lord will execute His
word upon the earth, accomplishing it
and cutting it
as Isaiah has previously said, a
"Unless the Lord of hosts had left us a seed, we would have become like bSodom
and been made like Gomorrah.''
Through the righteousness which is out of faith
then shall we say? That the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have laid hold of righteousness, but a righteousness which is out of faith;
, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not attain to that
? Because they pursued it
of faith, but as it were out of works. They stumbled at the bstone
it is written, a
"Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling, a rock of offense, and he who believes on Him shall not be put to shame.''