Saturday, August 1, 2020

Romans 9:30-33

Romans 9:30-33
Whosoever Believeth in Him Shall Not Be Ashamed

Rom 9:30  What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 
Rom 9:31  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 
Rom 9:32  Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 
Rom 9:33  As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 

       1.      How Wonderful it is that the Heathen have been Given Righteousness! – vs. 30
a.       The Gentiles who have not pursued righteousness have been given righteousness because of the mercy of God.
                                                              i.      Romans 4:11-16 
b.      The gift of righteousness to the Gentiles is proof of God’s mercy and forgiveness. It proves beyond a shadow of doubt that salvation is by faith alone.
                                                              i.      Romans 5:6-11 
       2.      Israel Pursued Morality and Ended Up Without it. – vs. 31
a.       A pursuit of holiness apart from Christ is a futile affair. Man is completely unable to reform himself. Israel’s self-righteousness became their downfall.
                                                              i.      Paul talks about this in Romans chapter 7
1.      Romans 7:7-9 
                                                            ii.      His desire to self-reform drives him to this frustration at the end of the chapter.
1.      Romans 7:24 
                                                          iii.      The answer to this frustration is given in the beginning of Romans chapter 8
1.      Romans 8:1-4 
        3.      Because Israel Attempted to Self-Reform Apart from Christ, They Became Offended by the                 Message of the Gospel. – vs. 32
a.       Israel rejected salvation by faith alone
                                                              i.      1 Corinthians 1:21-25 
b.      Because of Israel’s rejection of salvation by faith alone they rejected the Rock of their Salvation and the true cure to their sin nature.
                                                              i.      Acts 4:10-12 
        4.      The Rejection of the Gospel by Israel is Predicted in the Old Testament. – vs. 33
a.       Isaiah 8:14 
b.      Psalm 118:22-26 

Friday, July 31, 2020

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Romans 9:27-29

Romans 9:27-29
A Remnant Shall Be Saved

Rom 9:27  Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 
Rom 9:28  For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 
Rom 9:29  And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. 

       1.      Not Everyone Will be Saved – vs. 27
a.       God never promised that all Jews would be saved
                                                              i.      The reason is, not all religious people are genuine.
1.      Isaiah 1:9-20 
                                                            ii.      The reason some religious people are not genuine is because of the hardness of their heart.
1.      Isaiah 6:9-11 
                                                          iii.      God response to a lack of genuineness in His people is judgment.
1.      Isaiah 10:20-22 
        2.      God’s Judgment is Swift and Sure – vs. 28
a.       Paul is re-predicting the coming judgment of the Jews that have rejected the Messiah.
                                                              i.      Matthew 23:34-39 
        3.      God Always Saves Out a Remnant in Order to Demonstrate His Mercy – vs. 29
a.       We do not deserve to be spared, but God in His mercy forgives us.
                                                              i.      Isaiah 1:2-9 
b.      Instead of defying God, we must praise Him that He has not given us what we deserve. We must thank Him for His glorious mercy.
                                                              i.      Ephesians 2:1-5 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Romans 9:24-26

Romans 9:24-26
You Have Been Called for His Purpose

Rom 9:24  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 
Rom 9:25  As he saith also in Osee (Hosea), I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 
Rom 9:26  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. 

       1.      Paul Includes Himself in the Group of those Unlikely to Be Called – vs. 24a
       2.      You are Part of the Group of those who are Unlikely to be Called as Well – vs. 24b
       3.      The Story of Hosea is a Refreshing Reminder that God Calls the Unqualified – vs. 25-26
a.       God loves the unlovable, and He redeems those He calls.
                                                              i.      God asks Hosea to marry a harlot
1.      Hosea 1:2 
                                                            ii.      God uses the names of Hosea’s children to predict the future of Israel
1.      Hosea 1:3-10 
                                                          iii.      Just like Israel, Hosea’s wife goes back to her life of immorality
1.      Hosea 2:5 
                                                          iv.      God chooses to have mercy on Israel and redeem them back
1.      Hosea 2:19-23 
                                                            v.      Hosea follows God’s example and becomes a type of Christ
1.      Hosea 3:1-5 
                                                          vi.      What is the point of the story of Hosea?
1.      God gives undeserved mercy. God never gives up on us and keeps pursuing us in His love. If you have been called, then you have been caught up in God’s great story of redemption. You are Gomer and you are loved by the one who gave His life for you
a.       For this reason, Paul exchanges the word “say” in Hosea 2:23 to “call” in Romans 9:25. This is done to emphasis the point that God calls out His people to accomplish His plan.
                                                                                                                                      i.      Romans 8:29-30 
b.      The story of Hosea assures us that God is faithful to His children and never gives up on them despite their failure.
                                                                                                                                      i.      Hebrews 12:5-11

Friday, July 10, 2020

Romans 9:22-23

Romans 9:22-23
Who Are You to Object Against the Sovereignty of God? Part 2

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 
Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 
       ·         Last week we covered Part 1 of the objection to God’s sovereignty over salvation, which was the question: how can God hold man responsible for his actions when no man can resist His will? Part 1 one was God’s right to be sovereign over man’s salvation. This week we will cover Part 2 of Paul’s answer to that objection.
       1.      God’s Reason to be Sovereign Over the Salvation of Man – vs. 22-23
a.       God has predetermined a point in time in which His wrath will be poured out in judgment upon man for their sin. God is patiently holding back that wrath in order that men might come to repentance and not be destroyed. – vs. 22
                                                              i.      The Apostle Peter carefully outlines the future and what we should do to prepare for it.
1.      2 Peter 3:1-13 
b.      Even though God has a predetermined moment in history in which to pour out His wrath He longs to show mercy. – vs. 23
                                                              i.      There are two reasons for God to demonstrate His power over the salvation of men:
1.      That He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy.
a.       How could Paul say this with such confidence? Because he is talking about is his own personal testimony
                                                                                                                                      i.      Who was Paul?
1.      Philippians 3:4-7 
                                                                                                                                    ii.      Who picked Paul?
1.      Acts 9:15-16 
                                                                                                                                  iii.      Why did God pick Paul?
1.      2 Corinthians 12:9-10 
                                                                                                                                  iv.      Why did God pick you and me?
1.      1 Corinthians 1:26-31 
2.      That He would be able to demonstrate His power to preserve the vessels of mercy for the future glory that awaits them.
a.       2 Thessalonians 1:8-12

Friday, July 3, 2020

Romans 9:19-21

Romans 9:19-21
Who Are You to Object Against the Sovereignty of God? Part 1

Rom 9:19  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 
Rom 9:20  Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 
Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 

      1.      The Next Objection to the Sovereignty of God Over Salvation is: How Can God Hold Man                    Responsible for His Actions When No Man Can Resist His Will? – vs. 19    
      2.      God’s Right to be Sovereign Over the Salvation of Man – vs. 20-21
a.       Paul responds to the objections of the skeptic with three blistering rhetorical questions
                                                              i.      Who are you (a man) to question the will of God? – vs. 20a
1.      Some better questions to consider before taunting God about His sovereign will would be the following:
a.       How come God even notices man?
                                                                                                                                      i.      Psalm 8:3-4 
b.      How did the great men of faith approach God?
                                                                                                                                      i.      Moses
1.      Exodus 3:1-6 

                                                                                                                                    ii.      Joshua
1.      Joshua 5:13-15 
                                                                                                                                  iii.      Job
1.      After begging God for a chance to vindicate himself Job finally gets his day in God’s court.
a.       Job 40:1-5 
2.      After 84 rhetorical questions from God, Job is left with this answer:
a.       Job 42:1-6 
                                                                                                                                  iv.      Isaiah
1.      Isaiah 6:3-5 
c.       Am I as intelligent as God?
                                                                                                                                      i.      Isaiah 55:8-9 
d.      Are there people that think they are as smart as God?
                                                                                                                                      i.      Colossians 2:18 
e.       How do I approach the throne of God?
                                                                                                                                      i.      Matthew 6:9 
                                                            ii.      Is it possible for the created to ask the Creator why he has created him that way? – vs. 20b
1.      Isaiah 45:9-10 
                                                          iii.      Does the clay have the power to manipulate the Potter? – vs. 21
1.      Isaiah 64:8