June 27/Romans 9

Verses 1-3 > Wow talk about a passion for the souls of people! Would I be willing to be ‘cut off’ from Christ if it meant salvation for some others? This really gives a peek into the inside of the soul of Paul. I know that passion comes from the Holy Spirit whom Paul just finished talking about in chapter 8. I understand a little more now how Paul endured the beatings, stoning’s, jail time and shipwrecks that he suffered so others might hear about Christ. Do I want the Holy Spirit to give me that kind of passion? Would this kind of passion also bring me in to troubling experiences? Do I care enough about others to ask for this passion? Is Jesus worth it?

Paul tells us in this chapter that it is not who we are or who we know or what we have done that get us chosen by God for salvation; it is totally up to God. The Jewish people are not chosen because they are Jewish. Everybody comes by faith.

Verses 4-10a > Again we do not work for our salvation nor are we born into it because our parents happen to be Christians. When Paul said that God’s descendants or children came through Isaac he means that Isaac was the child that was promised to Sarah and Abraham and they believed God would come through with his promise. However before this Sarah gave Abraham her servant girl so he could have relations with her and have a child. This happened and the child was called Ishmael. But this was a child of their own doing like someone trying to work for the promise of salvation. Isaac was promised and they had to receive this promise by faith. When they did Sarah finally became pregnant. Jesus came through the line of Isaac.(the line of faith) Salvation is promised to all those who believe. Ishmael was a product of works and their is no salvation in working. We cannot work for our salvation.

Verses 10b-16 > God is sovereign and he chooses whom he wants to show mercy to.

John 1:12–13 (NLT) — 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Philippians 2:13 (NLT) — 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

2 Thessalonians 2:13–14 (NLT) — 13 As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth. 14 He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

James 1:18 (NLT) — 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

1 Peter 2:9–10 (NLT) — 9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 10 “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”

Verse 17-20 “He who replies against God must mean that it is God’s hardening that deprives a soul of salvation; that if God did not interpose with an election and take some and leave others to be hardened, all men would have at least an equal opportunity of salvation. This is false. If God did not elect, none would be saved, for there is ‘none that seek after God’ > Romans 3:11. And, men are not lost because they are hardened; they are hardened because they are lost; they are lost because they are sinners. God is not responsible for sin. He is under no obligation to save any one. Obligation and sovereignty cannot both be predicated of God If He saves any one it is a sovereign act of mercy” James Madison Stifler

The above quote really helped me out on this issue of God choosing. Read it until you understand it.

Verse 21 > God can make me into something beautiful or something ugly. It is His choice. (of course beauty and ugly are in the eye of the beholder)He made Lazarus into something ugly.(Luke 16) Something only the dogs paid attention to. But Lazarus got his reward in heaven.  So when I see the nail pierced hands of Jesus shaping me I trust him. I trust him because he loved me enough to die for me. and I say “Whatever you want for me, Lord, is ok”. Do whatever you wish.

Verse 22 > These are not spur of the moment decisions that God makes. He never makes a wrong choice he is God!

Verses 24 -29 > Yea God reached outside of the nation of Israel and chose some of us Gentiles! Imagine how the African American people felt when baseball decided to choose from outside of the white Americans to get baseball players! And now all are welcome!

Verse 30-33 > Faith in Jesus Christ is the way to salvation. No working, no correct ethnic background, no degree, no pedigree, just faith in Jesus. And some stumble over that today. They just cannot receive Jesus. But Hilltop we did!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    God chose to keep the promise through the decedent’s of Issac but they were not nessasarily choose by God. They became prideful of their status and lost the relationship. Jacob was also choosen over Esua but it was Edom attitude that cut them off from God. God also showed mercy to Ismael but the relationship was not there and his descendants became the people who were driven out of the promised land. For the gentiles they were not choose first but their reaction to the choosing led to their salvation.