Learning From the Patriarchs

Romans 9:6-13

By Pastor Craig Phelps, February 04, 2023

Introduction: In Romans 9:1-5 Paul expressed his deep sorrow over the lostness among the Jews. The natural conclusion that some might come to is that if the very line of people in which the Messiah was born are not saved, then God’s plan is not working all that well and that is the objection that Paul is going to address in these next few verses.

"Romans 9:6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.”13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

  1. Salvation is not from a fleshly but a spiritual .
  2. Why even have a chosen people if being one didn’t guarantee heaven?
  3. In God’s choosing Abraham, Isaac and Jacob we learn something about the salvation that would come through their bloodline.
  • Abraham – We don’t need the blood of Abraham but the of Abraham.
  • Isaac - Salvation doesn’t come through the of man but the fulfilled of God.
  • Jacob – Salvation is never but God still calls us to be saved.