LECTURES O ROMAS 9REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.LECTURE XXXIXROMAS IX. 1 — 5.
"I say the truth in Clirist, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness inthe Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, mykinsmen according to the flesh: who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth theadoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of tlie law, and theservice of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom as con-cerning the flesh Ciirist came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen."
The Jews were jealous, in a liigh. degree, of their lionoar asthe peculiar people of God. The very suggestion of theirbeing rejected, and of others inlieriting the blessings whichthey had deemed by an indefeasible right their own, wasgall and wormwood to their proud spirits. The doctrinethat Jesus of azareth was the Christ they held in detes-tation, because it mortified their vain imaginations, dis-appointed their worldly hopes, and involved tliom, on ac-count of their rejection of liim, in the threatened judgmentsof God. In this state of mind they regarded with a virulentantipathy all who preached Jesus as the Christ. They hadhated himself, and tliey hated tltem. And of all the objectsof their animosity no one was obnoxious to so large a mea-sure of it as Paul. He had been a fiery and zealous parti-zan on their own side ; and he was now not only an apos-tate from their cause, but a " ringleader of the sect of theazarenes," — not merely an Apostle, but in a special mannerthe Apostle of the Gentiles. They treated him accordingly.Wherever he went, he was persecuted by them with relent-