25as He also says in Hosea:
“I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’
And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’ ”
26“And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them …
25As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they …
The Old Testament Scriptures testify that salvation is for Jews as well as the Gentiles. Surprisingly, many Jews needed to be convinced of this in the first century. In this sermon on Romans 9:25–26 titled “Jew and Gentile,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones calls attention to the apostle Paul’s method. He builds his case using reason, logic, and Scripture. It is clear, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, that Paul is trying to be winsome and persuasive towards his fellow Jews. Nevertheless, the great apostle refutes the idea that it is by physical birth or lineage that one can be called a child of the living God. Paul turns to the Scriptures to show how no one should be surprised at this. Dr. Lloyd-Jones engages the issue of Paul’s citation of Hosea. He combats skeptics of the doctrine of inspiration who question the legitimacy of Paul’s application of Hosea to the Gentiles. As Paul is led by the Holy Spirit to write Scripture himself, he states the same essential truth in a slightly different form than Hosea does. However, since it is the same Holy Spirit that inspired both, Christians can have confidence Paul is applying Scripture appropriately. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones helps the listener understand how the apostle Paul correctly handles Holy Scripture in this passage.
- The apostle Paul is continuing his argument from Romans 9:24 that God calls people from both Jews and Gentiles.
- In verses 25-26, Paul quotes Hosea to show that the Old Testament prophesied the inclusion of Gentiles.
- Paul's quotation of Hosea 2:23 is not word-for-word but conveys the same meaning. This shows Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit, who has the right to rephrase His own words.
- We should not feel free to rephrase Scripture like Paul did, since we are not inspired by the Holy Spirit as he was.
- Hosea originally spoke about the northern kingdom of Israel, but his prophecy also foretold the inclusion of Gentiles in the kingdom of God. Prophecy often has an immediate meaning and a future, spiritual meaning.
- Verse 26 reinforces that Gentiles who were "not God's people" would be called "children of the living God."
- By nature, all people are "not God's people" and "not beloved." But in Christ, we become God's people and the beloved children of God.
- We are not just forgiven in Christ but given a whole new identity and relationship with God. We become His bride, as pictured in Romans 7:4.
The Book of Romans
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.