Verses Hebrew Israelites Use : Romans 9:3 - For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh
Type of Error – Lack of Context
Response : Why does Paul say he wishes he people would get with it in Romans 9:3? The issue is the Hebrew Israelites count on is that no one asks for the verses before or after. Just look later in the same chapter of Romans and get the context. In fact in Romans Romans 9:19-33 Paul talks specifically about how salvation has been added to the gentiles.
Romans 9:30-32: Israel's Unbelief
- 30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling-stone;
Who are the Gentiles Paul is talking about in Romans? Let me ask you, What nation was given the old testament law? Israel correct. Could Israel say they were not under the law anymore ? No. that was never an option. Just like the scriptures say in Deut 28 there are blessings if the laws are followed and curses if not. There is no option to quit the law. Now look at Romans 2:14 :
Romans 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves
These Gentiles that Paul is referencing in Romans never had the LAW, they were truly pagans meaning that salvation has been extended to all if they accept. These are not Gentiles that are some alienated part of Jacobs seed or they would still be under the law and subject to the curses for going astray.
- Strong’s Concordance : Gentile 1482 “ethnikos”
- Definition : Definition: pagan, heathen, gentile; subst: a Gentile, non-Jew.
- Jewish Encyclopedia : A word of Latin origin (from "gens"; "gentilis"), designating a people not Jewish, commonly applied to non-Jews.
- Websters Dictionary : 1. (a.) One of a non-Jewish nation; one neither a Jew nor a Christian; a worshiper of false gods; a heathen.