The children of the promise (Rom 9:8)

“This means

That it is not the children

Of the flesh

Who are the children of God,

But the children

Of the promise

Are counted

As descendants.”

τοῦτ’ ἔστιν, οὐ τὰ τέκνα τῆς σαρκὸς ταῦτα τέκνα τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἀλλὰ τὰ τέκνα τῆς ἐπαγγελίας λογίζεται εἰς σπέρμα.

Paul said that this means that it is (τοῦτ’ ἔστιν) not the children of the flesh (οὐ τὰ τέκνα τῆς σαρκὸς) who are the children of God (ταῦτα τέκνα τοῦ Θεοῦ), but the children (ἀλλὰ τὰ τέκνα) of the promise (τῆς ἐπαγγελίας) are counted (λογίζεται) as his descendants or from his seed (εἰς σπέρμα).  Paul was clear.  The children of the fleshy human nature are not the children of God.  Ethnic descent was not the main element in deciding who were the children of God.  Rather the children of the promise are the real descendants of Abraham.  In other words, following the promise of Jesus made you a true descendant of Abraham, not your ethnic background or human ethnicity.  By listening to the promises of Jesus, you were a true Jew, descending from Abraham.  Do you consider yourself a descendant of Abraham?

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