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