Summer Bible Study: Romans // NINE

I am thrilled that you are back for study & review of Romans chapter 9! We are a little over half way through {sad!} but this isn’t the end of our weekly bible studies! {sneak peek: a tall handsome man may be joining us next time, but he’s taken!}

Before we start I would love for you to comment below & share some friendly feedback about our journey through Romans so far!

 I think it’s safe to say that the reoccurring theme or truth in Romans has been this:

righteous

Good works do not deem you righteous in God’s eyes, only faith in Jesus Christ does!

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Romans 9:1-5

{Being honest, I had to read these verses over & over. I just couldn’t get it. Therefore, I did what I normally do when I can’t wrap my mind around something: ask my husband, haha. Thankfully, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I was able to get it…a little}

What is this passage saying?

Paul is saying in these verses that he wishes so badly that he was in the place of his brothers in the flesh, Jewish people, instead of them doing what they are doing because they are choosing to be so far from God. “I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart…” His heart literally hurts seeing his fellow Jews choosing to alienate themselves from God. He exclaimed in verse four that they have so many advantages of being in relationship with God yet they continue to reject God’s Way, Jesus Christ.

How can I practically apply these truths to my life?

What can we learn from Paul in these five verses? Compassion. Does your heart hurt seeing your friends and family members choosing things other than God? More than that, have you taken action? Have you talked with them, encouraged them, asked them questions, asked them ways you can serve them, prayed with them? If you haven’t yet, I pray for boldness to do so. I desire so much more of a heart of compassion for the lost and even for my brothers and sister who are slowly falling back. Let’s commit to praying to God for boldness, a heart of compassion, & opportunities to share Jesus’ love with them. Let’s also pray for God to break our hearts for what breaks His heart, to ignite in us a passion to love and serve others, to unashamedly proclaim Christ in the dark and sometimes awkward times.

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Romans 9:6-33

What are these passages saying?

Paul is describing how the Word of God did not, has not, and will not fail just because of Israel’s rejection of Jesus Christ. His Words will stand eternally and are everlasting. After declaring God’s sovereign Word, He reminds his readers of God’s sovereign plan. God has had a perfect plan from the beginning. We may think that we control our futures but our future is God’s past. He’s already there and He already knows what’s going to happen or not happen. You can see this portrayed in verses 10-13 {flip & read them now}. God had it planned that the younger twin would serve the older twin “that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls”. It is God who holds the past, present, & future. He knew Israel would reject him as well as Pharaoh (verse 17) and He knows if you and I will follow Him or not. You may be thinking, “why does God choose some and not others?” God says that He wants all people to repent and be in relationship with Him in life {1 tim.2:3-4;2 pet.3:4}. Paul answers our doubting questions with a spunky yet full-of-truth comeback:

“Who are you to reply against God?” {Rom. 9:20}

We, humans, are simply the created. We have great worth in the eyes of God, the Creator, but we cannot pretend to be God, telling ourselves that we are the all-knowing ones. I love these beautiful next verse…

“does not the potter have power over the clay…”

God does have complete power but this shouldn’t scare us or make us turn away. God is LOVE. He isn’t just a loving God, He CREATED love. Everything He does is in love & for His great glory. The end of this chapter, Paul quotes a few verses from the Old Testament sharing God’s great but dear love for us. He calls those who are alone, His people. He calls the unloved His beloved. He calls you His own. {Rom. 9:25-26} And remember, the way to God is through Jesus. Faith in Jesus. Amen. {Rom 9:30-32}

How can we apply these truths to our lives?

You can be encouraged that God’s faithful words and promises in His Word will not fail and never will even if you feel like God isn’t coming through or sticking in someone’s life. It’s so easy to focus on the bad in this world. Sometimes I feel like this world is doomed but the truth is, the end of this world is the beginning of perfection with Jesus forever. His Word will NEVER fail. Always choose hope.

Knowing that God is in complete control of my life comforts me. It allows me to breathe a great sigh of relief that I don’t have to have it all together, all the time. It comforts me knowing that His ways will triumph over evil even if we don’t see it until the day our Lord comes back to earth to perfect everything in existence.

Rest, beloved. 

Rest in the arms of the Almighty who holds head up and holds your future.  

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You are LOVED

-Katie

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