Scripture Reading: Romans 9:25-28
If chapter eight of Romans says anything, it says that nothing can thwart the purpose of God. Nothing can separate us from what God has given us in Christ by the riches of His grace. As it says, " .. .if God be for us, who can be against us?" (verse 31) "What shall separate us from the love of Christ?" (verse 35) The answer is "no one" and "nothing."
But, chapter nine enters and.says, speaking oflove, what about the nation ofIsrael? If all this about God's faithfulness and power is so true..and God's Word is so sure, then what happened to the nation ofIsrael? I think that we can see that God's righteousness or His rightness is at stake here. What went wrong with God's great intentions for Israel? The Holy Spirit is quick to defend the integrity of God. "Not as though the Word of God has taken none effect.. .. " (verse 6) Whatever might appear to be the case, God's Word has not failed. He has not failed Israel. "They are not all Israel [the true believers of God's Word] who are ofIsrael [Jacob]." (verse 6)
What happened to Israel is in perfect accordance with God's purpose. He concluded the nation in unbelief along with the Gentiles. He made a difference between Israel and the nations to show that there is no difference! Then, and only then, was He ready to reveal His secret purpose through Paul-the dispensation of grace. When Israel stoned Stephen, they proved for the third and final time that they were rejectors of God. "But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound!" Now, His grace shines forth for all; and after present dispensation of grace is over, Israel shall be saved. God will finish His prophetic course in righteousness; He will fulfill His Word, by the riches of His grace!
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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