God Is God! Series
Contributed by Kyle Sullivan on Nov 10, 2014 (message contributor)
Summary: How were the Jews the chosen people of God?
Setting: Romans 9 comes off the highest of highs to now the lowest of lows.
Vs. 3 “For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel.” (NIV)
Question: How were the Jews the chosen people of God?
8 Ways Paul Lists: Vs. 4-6
Theirs is adoption as sons.
They had the divine glory.
Theirs was the covenants.
They were given God’s Word.
They were given the Temple Worship.
They were given the Promises.
They were given the Patriarchs.
They were given the greatest blessing of all Jesus.
God’s Choice of Israel Gives Us 4 Principles of Salvation:
1) Salvation is based on God’s Grace not Our Race. Vs. 6-7
Key: What makes you a child of God is not your religious actions but the internal condition of your heart.
2) Salvation is based on God’s Promise not Our Preference.
Vs. 8-9 “It is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.” (NIV)
3) Salvation is based on God’s Providence not Our Performance. Vs. 10-13
Key: God made the choice out of His own Decision not what we Do.
“hate”—is simply a word of contrast.
Key: God wants to be first in your life.
4) Salvation is based on God’s Mercy not Our Merit. Vs. 14-18
Question: Who am I to question God?
Unknown: “You can loose your soul denying the sovereignty of God but you can also lose your mind trying to understand it too.
Question: Are you thankful for God’s Salvation?