Romans 9:1-8

“They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises …” (v4).  Paul anguished over the fact that his fellow Jews, receivers of a great spiritual inheritance, rejected God’s Messiah.  However, God’s word, His gifts and promises had not failed (v6), because “not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel … it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring” (v7-8). 

God’s promises and good gifts belong to us, Jew and Gentile together -- not because of bloodline or our own goodness, but through faith in Jesus our Savior.