God’s Faithfulness

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Paul expressed his anguish over the situation with Israel in the previous section between their curses in 9:1-3 and their blessings in 9:4-5, and now he moves to explain the paradox; in a sense, there are two Israels, one according to ethnicity and one according to faith. It seems that God has chosen a certain family of people to be His Nation through which He brought forth His Son, yet not all within that family (ethnic Israel) have chosen to follow His Son, and thus will likely be lost. Paul begins to address this issue in 9:6 ff.:

It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. (9:6) This distinction is set forth in verse 6 as you can see; Paul continues:

Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that…

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