THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
A. God's Selection, Our Destiny
1. Of God Who Calls
2 That I have great grief and unceasing pain in my heart.
3 For I could wish that I myself were a 1curse, separated from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh,
9 For this is the word of promise, a"At this time next year I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.''
10 And not only so, but aRebecca also, having conceived by one, Isaac our father,
13 As it is written, a"Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.''
2. Of God's Mercy
14 What then shall we say? Is there unrighteousness with God? Absolutely not!
16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, a"For this very thing I have raised you up, that I might show in you My power, and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.''
18 So then He has mercy on whom He wills, and He hardens whom He wills.
3. Of God's Sovereignty
19 You will say to me then, Why does He still find fault? For who withstands His will?
20 But rather, aO man, who are you who answer back to God? Shall the thing molded say to him who molded it, Why did you make me thus?
22 And what if God, wishing to demonstrate His awrath and make His power known, endured with much long-suffering vessels of wrath fitted for destruction,
24 Even us, whom He has also acalled, not only from among the Jews but also from among the Gentiles?
25 As He also says in Hosea, a"I will call those who were not My people My people, and her who was not beloved beloved;
26 And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, aYou are not My people, there shall they be called sons of the living God.''
27 And Isaiah cries concerning Israel, a"Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that shall be saved;
28 For the Lord will execute His word upon the earth, accomplishing it and cutting it short.''
4. Through the Righteousness Which Is out of Faith
30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have laid hold of righteousness, but a righteousness which is out of faith;
31 But aIsrael, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not attain to that law.
33 As it is written, a"Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling, a rock of offense, and he who believes on Him shall not be put to shame.''