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Child of the Promise

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 9:6-9

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.” 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 offspring. For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” (ESV)

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How can Ishmael and Isaac both be descendants of Abraham and yet not both be his “seed”? “It is God’s choice and calling that matters” and God chooses whose seed will carry on and how. The promise given to Abraham and his seed does not simply work through the line of descent. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds, “the promise produces its own children.” Trace this history of Abraham and rejoice in Isaac’s miraculous birth “after the Spirit.” In this sermon on Romans 9:6–9 titled “Child of the Promise,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses how miracles do not break the laws of nature, but rather they use the laws of nature. It is God who produces the children of the promise. Election comes before production – Isaac was chosen before he was even born. Born of the flesh, yet born of the Spirit. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones looks at both the Old and New Testament accounts of this. These are the two covenants and have huge implications. What matters is that one is born of God.

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 9:6-9, 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.” 8That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. 9For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah will have a son.”

Romans 9:6-9, 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. 8That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. 9For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

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.