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That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

9:8 children of the promise. Again this has a dual application. Only those Israelites who are saved by faith in Christ participate in God’s ultimate promises to the nation of Israel. Likewise all who come to Christ by faith, whether Jew or Gentile, are spiritual children of Abraham, saved through the promised seed.

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