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Summary: Paul writes to the Jews in the church in Rome to describe for them the incredible acts God has already performed to bring His creation into a right relationship with Him.

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Romans, Part 29

Romans 9:16-29

Introduction

- Concluding chapter 8 what we saw was a rally cry for all believers

-- Living for God is a command that we each must follow, totally, and completely

- Wednesday night we discussed Paul’s position as a Disciple, but also a Jew

- We examined a good portion of his human side being revealed

-- Understood the plight of his people, wanted to rescue them, desired to help

- Whatever God does, must be just / God's grace alone makes them differ

- Grace from God is not deserved; so that those who are saved, must thank God only; and those who perish, must blame themselves only

- Stand and read Romans 9:16-29 / Pray

Point 1 – God is Faithful to His Promises (16-18)

- On Wed night we ended with a very thought provoking question

-- We asked, “Why would we need to understand Paul’s reasons for writing to the Jews in the church at Rome?”

- Today, we will not only answer that but prayerfully gain strength from it

- In v15 we see that God’s declaration is that He will have mercy and compassion

- It is God that will bring His mercy and grace on those who He desires

- In v16, we see the application of this verse – it is not about what we do

-- If ever there was a verse to take away our pride of who we are, it’s this one

-- Even v17 continues and speaks directly to those of Jewish descent

-- Pharaoh was raised up for God’s purpose, not for his own; nor to be served

-- Ex 9:16, “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”

-- Ex 14:4, “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So the Israelites did this.”

- As Paul writes to the Jews in the church in Rome; he is speaking to us as well

- APP: It is God that we are to serve, and it is God that we are to seek mercy from

- Many today are dealing with all kinds of life issues;

-- They are seeking to drown out the issues of life with drugs, sex, alcohol, etc.

-- But even in all of this, God still reaches out to declare His majesty over us

-- He still desires to bring us into a right relationship with Him – CRITICAL POINT

- V18 – “Therefore (because of all of this), God has mercy on whom he wants”

- APP: What’s the primary application? God is faithful to His promises!!

-- He is not a God who plays let’s make a deal, nor is it a Burger King mentality

-- We can have it our own way, but in order to be successful it must be His way

- TRANS: God gives us the answer to everything we would ever need

Point 2 – What do we need today? (19-29)

- The instruction Paul gives is given in a manner that they would understand

- As the created, who are we to come against God – to argue and disagree?

- Even so, we spend more time resisting God than we do obeying Him

-- Example: removing God from our lives, from society, from even church


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