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This same truth was established through Jacob and Esau.

NLT Genesis 25:21-23

Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins. But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the Lord about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked. And the Lord told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. *From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.”*

“One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.” This phrase is simply letting us know of God’s election by grace. According to human standards, Esau was the first born and thus the rightful heir of the inheritance (blessing), but God in his purpose had elected Jacob to receive the blessing by grace. So in God’s election, Jacob was to inherit the blessing and not Esau. So this story too was to show that the blessing of righteousness or becoming children of God will be according to God’s purpose, which is grace and not works.

Romans 9:10-13

This son was our ancestor Isaac. When he married Rebekah, she gave birth to twins. But before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, she received a message from God. *(This message shows that God chooses people according to his own purposes; he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.)* She was told, “Your older son will serve your younger son.” In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.”

God chooses people according to his own purpose; his own purpose is grace.

2 Timothy 1:9

who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to *his own purpose and grace,* which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

The word “And” used after the word, “Purpose” in the Greek is “Kai” which is sometimes used to give further description to a word.  So “Kai” can be translated as “Even, which is, that is.”

So here, he says, “…according to his own purpose and grace”, which is to say, …according to his own purpose, that is, grace.” The purpose of God here is his grace.

So God chooses people according to his own purpose, meaning that he chooses people according to his grace. The inheritance of righteousness is by grace through faith.

NLT Romans 9:12-13

he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.) She was told, “Your older son will serve your younger son.” In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.”

When the scripture said, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau, it is not as if God loved Jacob but hated Esau but that was the scripture’s way of saying that God has elected Jacob by grace to inherit the blessing instead of Esau. And all this pointed to how salvation will be by grace and not works…

To be continued…

SANDY AMPONSAH

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