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The True Israel

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 9:6-7

But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” (ESV)

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What does it mean that not all of Israel is Israel? In this passage from Romans, Paul begins to deal with the objections that arise from this statement. Can God’s purpose be changed or frustrated? Are all who are baptized Christians? Why were the Pharisees so furious and why was the cross so offensive? Why do some people believe they are not sinners? In this sermon on Romans 9:6–7 titled “The True Israel,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers these and many more. Dr Lloyd-Jones argues that Christianity is not based on genetics or nationality, and explains the difference between the visible and the invisible church. Listen and learn of the relevance of this for life today and discover the two meanings of “Israel.”

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 9:6-7, New American Standard Bible

6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants shall be named.”

Romans 9:6-7, King James Version

6Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

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.