Summary: Continuing study of Romans, Chapter 9:1-18
Book of Romans
Lesson # 21
By Rev. James May
Romans Chapter 9:1 – 9:18
We ended last week with a discussion of the predestination of God for man. God has already determined that we should live victorious; that we should be blessed; that we should fulfill his will in the earth; and that we are to his own children in our eternal home. God’s plans are for good, and even promises that all things will accomplish that good in us to bring us to his predetermined place for us.
Paul stated it emphatically, that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus. Not any power on earth, or power of Satan man can remove us from God’s plan for our ultimate redemption and victory in Christ. There is no greater power than the strong bond of the Love of God that holds you in the Father’s hand.
But we must ever be mindful that there is ONE THING that can keep us from reaping the full benefits of God’s promises. There is one thing that God has also predetermined that he will not do, and that’s to overstep the will of man in deciding his own destiny. By our own choices, we either enter into the predestined plan of God that will bring us to the place victory and power in Christ, or we can reject Christ, and choose to walk away from God’s plan. If we, by our own choice, decide to leave Christ, deny his Lordship in our lives, and go back and serve the devil, then we also choose to suffer the consequences of our actions. God’s promises are always conditional upon our choices.
We do not believe that a man can be Born Again, yet decide to live in sin, rejecting the voice of the Spirit of God, and offending the Word of God, living his life in sin as much as those who were never saved, and still make Heaven his home. By his own choice, he can go back into the world and be eternally lost!
That is the major difference between what we discussed last week of the Calvinist and Arminian doctrines. It’s that question of whether we believe in the Unconditional Eternal Security of the Believer; or the Conditional Eternal Security of the Believer. We believe that the scriptures teach a Conditional Eternal Security based upon the obedience and faithfulness of those who are Born Again, who must choose to continue daily in their walk with God. God’s grace is ours if we accept it. His continual cleansing from sin is shown through his grace and mercy. We cannot earn salvation, but we must not take that to mean that we can presume upon God’s grace and think that we will be saved without repentance of sin. Grace does not give us license to sin against God.
Paul now continues this idea of predestination as he begins to use his own nation, Israel, as an example of how God’s predestination works.