Romans # 16 Rom 8-29 thru 9-33
We’re going to continue on the subject of the book of Romans. Last week we left off at (ROM 8:28), so let’s pick up at (ROM 8:29).
I. ROM 8:29-30
A. In (Ephesians 1:4) Paul said, “He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.”
1. It’s not that you never had a choice to receive Jesus or not, but God in His foreknowledge knew that you would receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
B. ROM 8:31-32
1. “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
a. The question is not so much, “That there is no one against us,” but rather “Who can possibly rise up in victory over us.”
2. We know that Satan and his demonic host are against us.
a. (Ephesians 6:12) Says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
b. Even though there are battles, God will continue to lead us into victory as we walk with Him.
3. In (V 32) Paul says that God gave the most precious thing in heaven and Earth, and that was the Lord Jesus Christ.
a. If God was willing to give us Jesus, wouldn’t He be willing to give us all things?
C. ROM 8:33-34
1. Who will lay any charge against God’s elect?
a. The Bible says in (REV 12:10) that Satan is “the accuser” of the brethren.
i. When Satan brings up false accusations against us, they will be “thrown out and dismissed.”
b. Jesus is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us.
D. ROM 8:35-37
1. Some have thought that God doesn’t love us any longer because the storms of life or persecution that come.
a. But Paul says in (V 37) “NAY or NO.”
i. Nothing can separate us from the Love of God.
2. At the end of (V 37) Paul responds to the subject of persecutions and the enemy that rises up against us, by saying “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
a. I like how the NASB puts (Romans 8:37) “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”
E. ROM 8:38-39
1. Paul says, “For I am persuaded” that would be better translated “I am convinced.”
a. Convinced of what?
b. That nothing shall separate us from the Love of God. NOTHING.
II. ROMANS 9:1-5
A. In (V 1) Paul made a statement that his conscience also bearing witness.
1. This is 1 of the main ways that the HS will speak to us, by our conscience.
a. Our conscience is a good guide for the born-again Christian.
b. We are in union with the HS and He will speak to us, usually with that still small voice.
2. In these Vs Paul expresses his sorrow and anguish for the nation of Israel.
a. For the most part they have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ.
B. ROM 9:6-9
1. Paul says in (V 6) “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel.”
a. Paul brings out this point again, as he did in an earlier chapter.
b. Just because you are a Jew does not make you a spiritual Jew.
i. The true Israel are those that have made Jesus their Lord and Saviour.
2. ROM 9:10-13
a. In these Vs Paul is saying that God chooses His children, weather it be the children of Israel, or you and I, as the children of promise.
i. How does God pick and chose His children?
ii. Through His foreknowledge of who would place their faith in Him.
3. ROM 9:14-18
a. In (V 14) Paul ask the question, “Is there any unrighteousness in God?”
b. The reason that He asks that question is that there are times that God will have mercy on someone, but not on the next one.
i. Healing 1 that is not saved, but not healing the other.
c. As Paul goes on, he talks about Pharaoh and how that God raised him up so that God could show His power through him.
i. God can show His power and even the gifts of the Spirit at any time.
ii. God’s plan does not rely on a person to fulfill His plan.
iii. Yet Pharaoh played an important part in the release of Israel. But Pharaoh was not a puppet and neither are we.
4. ROM 9:19-21
a. Sometimes people question God about different things.
i. It’s all right to ask God why something happened, but to come against His will is wrong.
b. The question is, “How do I know what God’s will is then?”
i. Through the Word of God.
ii. In the Word of God we can see that God wants us to prosper, to be in health, to live a victorious life.
c. But there are some specific things that God wants us to do.
i. He calls some to be apostles, others he calls to serve in the church and some will even be cleaning the toilets.
ii. But if we all do what we are supposed to do we all will receive the same reward.
C. ROM 9:22-26
1. In these Vs Paul in now explaining what he has been talking about.
a. Not all Israel is Israel. (Spiritual Israel)
i. Even though Israel is God’s chosen people, if they do not except Jesus as Lord and Saviour they will be rejected.
ii. And that goes for the Gentiles.
iii. The true spiritual Israel are those that receive Jesus as Lord.
2. ROM 9:27-29
a. Even though the Jews are numbered as the sands of the sea, only a remnant shall be saved.
i. Not everyone will be saved.
III. ROM 9:30-33
A. What Paul is saying here in these Vs is that the Jews who try to obtain righteousness by keep the law, will not receive salvation.
1. But the Gentiles and Jews that put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will have righteousness and salvation.
a. ROM 9:33 (again)
i. Who is the stumblingstone?
ii. The Lord Jesus Christ.
iii. Jesus did not meet the Jews idea of the Messiah, so they did not except Him.
iv. He was there stumblingstone.
b. But whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
i. They will have eternal life.
WOLCC 10/12/95 Thus PM