Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Individual or national failure will not cancel God's Word.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Those privileges included unconditional covenants - promises to Israel regarding their future: a nation forever, a people of God forever, possessing the Promise Land forever.
ROM 9:6 is the key premise, and it is one that Paul will now spend the next 12 verses proving. He will use a tactic known as the debater’s technique to get his points across.
Not all those who are out of Israel as a source [the physical nation] are truly Israel [spiritual Israel].
GAL 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
The promises of the Word of God are valid only to the regenerate of Israel, not the racial Jew.
The failure of any individual or the failure of any nation does not in any way cancel anything in the Word of God.
In verses 7-9 we have Isaac and Ishmael.
In verses 10-13 we have Jacob and Esau.
In verses 14-18 we have Pharaoh.
“Are regarded” - pres- pass-ind - logizomai = to impute, to calculate, to count.
The static present here represents a condition which is assumed as perpetually existing.
As such it harkens all the way back to the divine decree, and all the way forward to the Millennial Reign and the eternal state.
The divine decree is behind this entire section of the book of Romans.
How do you become a child of the promise?
You become a child of the promise one way and one way only: faith alone in Christ alone.
The issue is not really legitimate versus illegitimate birth, good mother versus bad mother.
In eternity past, the omniscience of God knew that the firstborn, Esau, would reject Christ as savior, and fed that information into the computer of divine decrees.
This is a quotation from Malachi. MAL 1:2-3.
“For though [the twins [Esau and Jacob] ] had not yet been born, and though they had not yet accomplished anything, good or evil, in order that the predetermined plan of God might remain in status quo in relationship to election, not out of the source of works but out of the source of the One who calls.”
Election is not made conditional through descent from physical birth, or the heritage of the racial Jew, or by keeping the Mosaic Law. Election is God’s free exercise of grace toward those who believe in Christ.
Man with his sin nature inside alone is incapable of pleasing God.
The omniscience of God fed facts of reality in history into the computer of divine decrees.
Jacob was fed into the computer: “believer.”
Esau was fed into the computer: “unbeliever.”
1TI 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.