Summary: In Romans 9 Paul argues for God’s sovereignty in all things including our salvation as He discusses the Jewish people and their relationship with God to confirm God’s sovereignty to help those who are in Christ to know that God is able to, and does, keep
The Complete Sovereignty of God
God is Sovereign in the Keeping of His word (Romans 9:1-9)
God is Sovereign in the salvation of His People (Romans 9:10-33)
Through God choosing man in election
Through man Believing God in faith
This morning I want to jump right into our text in Romans 9.
Paul is going to address some important issues that some people, especially the Jews were wondering in regards to God’s will and ability to keep his promises.
So, let’s begin.
9 I speak the truth in Christ — I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 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, 4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
6 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 7 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned." 8 In other words, 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. 9 For this was how the promise was stated: "At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son."
Ok, let’s pause here a moment and pray.
I want you to notice in verse 6, Paul says, “It is not as though God’s word had failed.”
Now, we need to remember back to last week and our discussion of Chapter 8.
The title of last week’s message was the Promised blessings of those in Christ.
We learned that
Those in Christ will not be condemned
Those in Christ will not be forgotten during times of suffering on earth
Those in Christ will not be separated from Christ’s love ever
Those are some awesome promises. But promises are only as good as the ability and certainty that the one making them can keep them.
Can and will God keep his promises? Is God Sovereign?
Some of the Jews and maybe even the others were wondering how the Jews were fitting into this picture. Afterall they were the people God chose to be His people. Was He now rejecting them? If he rejected them, could he reject those in Christ?
These are some important issues that needed to be dealt with especially considering the amazing promises Paul spoke of in the previous chapter.
Well, Paul wants to assure everyone that God is able to and will keep his promises, that He is completely Sovereign, that is in full control of all things.
And in the passage we just read, we see that
God is Sovereign in the Keeping of His Word
Paul tells us in verse 6 that God’s word had not failed.
Then if God’s word had not failed, if God was sovereign, then what was up with the Jews?
Well, Paul tells them first that they were wrong in thinking it was just by their bloodline that made them Abraham’s children, part of the chosen people.