1 ¶ I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. Paul has a deep desire to see his kinsmen according to the flesh come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ - vv. 1-2 His desire is so strong that if it were possible, but it is not, he could wish himself accursed if that would bring them to salvation - vv. 3-4 God has selected Israel to give special blessings to above all others even the nation through which Christ was incarnated in flesh - v. 5 Hence, no one can deny that Israel is a special nation that God has given special benefits. It is true therefore, chapter nine deals especially with the nation of Israel but as we shall see what is true of Israel and applied to Israel is not restricted to Israel as Romans 9:24 clearly states. 24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 25 ¶ As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. The central truths applied to Israel are not restricted to Israel but applicable to distinguish "the children of God" whether Jewish or Gentile.