Not as though the word of God has taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:…
I. ITS ORIGIN (ver. 6).
1. Not in the purpose of God, for His promise respects all (2 Peter 3:19).
2. But in the conduct of men, who hold fast the form, and deny the power.
II. ITS NATURE (ver. 7-13).
1. The external depends upon parentage, education, prejudice, etc.; the true upon the promise of God.
2. The external rests in works; the true in the grace of God.
(J. Lyth, D.D.)
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