The Israelites have a lot going for them (Rom 9:4)

“They are Israelites.

To them


The adopted sonship,

The glory,

The covenants,

The giving of the law,

The worship,

And the promises.”

οἵτινές εἰσιν Ἰσραηλεῖται, ὧν ἡ υἱοθεσία καὶ ἡ δόξα καὶ αἱ διαθῆκαι καὶ ἡ νομοθεσία καὶ ἡ λατρεία καὶ αἱ ἐπαγγελίαι,

Paul said that the Israelites have (οἵτινές εἰσιν Ἰσραηλεῖται) the adopted sonship (ὧν ἡ υἱοθεσία), the glory (καὶ ἡ δόξα), the covenants (καὶ αἱ διαθῆκαι), the giving of the law (καὶ ἡ νομοθεσία), the worship (καὶ ἡ λατρεία), and the promises (καὶ αἱ ἐπαγγελίαι).  Only the Pauline letters used these words, υἱοθεσία, that means adoption or son into the divine family, and the word, νομοθεσία, that means legislation or lawgiving.  Paul got very specific.  He named his Israelite brothers as the adopted sons of God, since they were prior to the gentiles.  They had the glory or the presence of Yahweh God.  They had the Abrahamic covenant and the giving of the Mosaic law.  They also had the Davidic and Solomon Temple of worship.  All this, plus they had the prophetic promises about a Messiah, an anointed one, a Christ.  Obviously, the Israelites had a privileged position in the history of salvation.  Do you acknowledge the privileged position of the Israelites in salvation history?

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