Children of the Promise
A Sermon on Romans 9:4-5
They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. (ESV)
There is nothing more significant for each of us than to know how to approach God; how to enter His presence and take our petitions and prayers to Him; how to render service to the true and living God. Over against the Gentile nations, Israel was given specific instructions on this. God had shown them special favor, despite their small number and unimpressive abilities. Moreover, God gave them promises. The children of Israel, through the fathers –– Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Moses and David –– were children of promise. Unlike their pagan neighbors, who worshipped idols, the Apostle Paul says they were brought into a covenant. Why is the Apostle Paul emphasizing this unique privilege of the children of Israel? What is his purpose? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones seeks to answer this question in his message on Romans 9:4-5. There is a tragedy in the story of the Jews, which we must take notice of. They were a people of such hope and promise, and yet they missed it all. Despite Christ’s coming being abundantly clear in the Scriptures, most of the Jews could not see. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones traces the promises made to Old Testament Israel and the tragedy that followed.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.