Israel’s Rejection of Christ
Romans 9:1-5, I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; 5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.
Paul’s Overall Message
Paul is pouring out his heart to the Romans about Israel’s rejection of Christ. He comes with a message of truth in Christ of something that is laying a great deal of continual sorrow in his heart. The message is that he wishes he could be accursed from Christ for his countrymen. The people of Rome, of which Paul was a citizen.