Romans 9.1 - 9.16 • 3/1/16

      Now Paul turns his attention to the Israelite members of the church in Rome. If the gospel is for gentiles (everyone) in addition to the jews, does that mean that God has reneged on His promises to the Israelites? 

      In  9.14 - 9.16 Paul makes it clear that is not the case. God’s election is solely at God’s discretion. The scripture teaches that God as sovereign makes choices at His own discretion. And as Paul has previously stated “They are not all Israel who are of Israel.”  “…he is a jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter…"

      Isaac was designated by God as the one through whom God’s blessing would come. That was before Issac was born, and before he could have done anything to earn it. Likewise Esau, the eldest, was designated to serve Jacob, the younger - before they were even born.

      We may not like God’s choices, we may not understand God’s choices, however the scripture clearly teaches that God is sovereign and makes choices - and the scripture also teaches that we have free will and are responsible for our choices… that will be a subject this coming week.