THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
How the law of election (foreordination) operates—Israel chosen (foreordained) to receive the adoption, the covenants, the promises, and the blessings of the gospel; yet they are not all Israel, which are of Israel—They must seek their blessings by faith—The Gentiles also attain to righteousness and salvation by faith.
the truth in Christ, I alie
not, my bconscience
also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
I could wish that myself were baccursed
from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth
, and the glory, and the bcovenants
, and the giving of the law, and the service of God,
and the promises;
the fathers, and of whom as concerning the aflesh
who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Not as though the word of God ahath
taken none effect. For they are
not all Israel, which are of bIsrael
, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they
all children: but, In bIsaac
shall thy seed be called.
That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are
not the achildren
of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
For this is
the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a ason
And not only this;
but when aRebecca
also had conceived by one, even
by our father Isaac;
(For the children
being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to aelection
might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
It was said unto her, The aelder
shall serve the younger.
As it is written, Jacob have I aloved
, but Esau have I hated.
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have acompassion
on whom I will have compassion.
So then it is
not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth amercy
For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same apurpose
have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Therefore hath he amercy
on whom he will have mercy,
and whom he will he bhardeneth
Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Nay but, O man, who art thou that arepliest
against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it,
Why hast thou bmade
Hath not the apotter
power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
if God, willing to shew his
wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to adestruction
And that he might make known the ariches
of his bglory
on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
As he saith also in aOsee
, I will call them my people, which were not my bpeople
; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
And it shall come to pass, that
in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are
not my people; there shall they be called the achildren
of the living God.
also crieth concerning Israel, Though the bnumber
of the children of cIsrael
be as the sand of the sea, a dremnant
shall be saved:
For he will finish the work, and cut it
short in arighteousness
: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of aSabaoth
had left us a bseed
, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the arighteousness
which is of faith.
, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
? Because they sought it
not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they bstumbled
at that stumblingstone;
As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a astumblingstone
: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.