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19. The Privileges of Israel (Romans 9:1-5)

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Having spent the first half of Romans explaining the truths of Christianity, Paul spends the second half encouraging believers to practice their faith that was purchased at so costly a price. But before he addresses the nuts and bolts of practical Christianity, Paul explains the unfinished business of Israel.

Paul distinguished between Jews and Gentiles (circumcised and uncircumcised) in chapters 1-4. The distinction faded away as Paul’s outlined the Gospel in chapters 5-8. Now Paul returns to answer important questions regarding the Jews in chapters 9-11. If Israel is God’s chosen people, what is their relationship to salvation that is found in Jesus Christ? Are they considered exceptions to the Gospel? If not, has God’s plan failed? Is there any future hope for Israel?

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