“Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, (Romans 3:1-4 NASB)
‘That You may be justified in Your words,
And prevail when You are judged.'” (Psalm 51:4 NASB)
Saul was an educated Pharisee who knew God’s promises to the Jews. Soon to be Apostle Paul, he met the One who made the promises. The strangest thing is listening to people put words into Paul’s mouth, or ignore them if they don’t fit what they want to believe. It is best not to do that when he is discussing the Jews, he feels strongly about God’s word and His people, Israel. “For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 9:3-5 NASB) God is not finished with His chosen people. He has made their fathers promises, and His word came by way of His prophets. Some hold “replacement views” that teach God is done with the Jews, except through the church. After all, Paul told the Ephesians (2:15) that Christ was making “the two into one new man.” That is true, but like the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit they are distinct. To be continued.