Not as though the word of God has taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:…
I. NOT BY A NATURAL, BUT BY A SPIRITUAL BIRTH.
1. The example of Abraham.
2. Its application — natural advantages avail nothing, but a new birth in Christ the true seed of promise.
II. NOT OF WORKS, BUT OF GRACE.
1. The case of Esau and Jacob.
2. Election determined not by merit, but grace, and suspended on faith.
(J. Lyth, D.D.)
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