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Summary: PAUL SETS OUT TO VINDICATE GOD - TO JUSTIFY HIS POSITION - YOU SEE ALL THAT PAUL WAS SAYING AS FAR AS THEY WERE CONCERNED VIOLATED GODS CHARACTER TOWARDS THEM AS A NATION. IT’S AS IF HE MEETS A JEWISH OBJECTOR (THE NATION) TO WHAT HE HAS BEEN SAYING

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ROM 9:6-9. VINDICATING GOD – FOUR OBJECTIONS : PART 1

LAST WEEK WE SAW PAUL SHARE THE DEPTH OF HIS LOVE TOWARDS HIS JEWISH KINSMEN. HE ASSURED THEM OF HIS DEEP LOVE FOR THEM – HE WAS SORROWFUL AND WAS FILLED WITH UNCEASING ANGUISH BECAUSE OF THEIR LOST CONDITION. HE EVEN WISHED HIMSELF TO BE CURSED, CUT OF FOR THE SAKE OF HIS BOTHERS. 1-3 THESE WEREN’T THROW AWAY WORDS IN A WORLD OF SPIN BUT WORDS WHICH WERE FROM THE HEART OF THE MAN WHO CARED PASSIONATELY ABOUT HIS JEWISH BOTHERS.

PAUL HAD SOME TOUGH WORDS TO COME SO HE WANTED THEM TO KNOW THAT HE WAS NOT COMING FROM SOME SUPERIOR POSITION, HE WANTED THEM TO KNOW HE HELD NO ANIMOSITY TOWARDS THEM ON HIS BEHALF, ALTHOUGH THEIR WAS PLENTY ON THEIR BEHALF TOWARDS HIM AND THE GOSPEL HE WAS TEACHING AS IT WENT AGAINST ALL THEY BELIEVED GOD TO BE.

V6 -13 SO PAUL SETS OUT TO VINDICATE GOD - TO JUSTIFY HIS POSITION - YOU SEE ALL THAT PAUL WAS SAYING AS FAR AS THEY WERE CONCERNED VIOLATED GODS CHARACTER TOWARDS THEM AS A NATION. IT’S AS IF HE MEETS A JEWISH OBJECTOR (THE NATION) TO WHAT HE HAS BEEN SAYING AND SO HE REPLIES TOO THE QUESTIONS POSED V6 – 14 – 19 – 30.

THE FIRST OBJECTION COULD HAVE WELL GONE LIKE THIS, “IF YOU ARE RIGHT THEN PAUL THEN GOD HAS BROKEN HIS WORD, GODS PROMISES HAVE FAILED.” BECAUSE WE ARE GODS CHOSEN DESCENDANTS THROUGH ABRAHAM WE ARE BENEFICIARIES OF ALL GODS PROMISES. PAUL’S REPLY”V6 IT IS NOT AS THOUGH GODS WORD HAD FAILED. “NO YOU ARE MISTAKEN YOU HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD THE SCRIPTURES

THE JEWISH OBJECTION: IF AS PAUL TAUGHT, REGENERATION WAS ESSENTIAL TO PARTICIPATION IN THE COVENANT, AND AS A CONSEQUENCE THE NATIONS NON - ACCEPTANCE OF THAT DOGMA, THEY HAVE BEEN SET ASIDE, THEN GOD HAS BROKEN HIS WORD AND SO HE IS UNFAITHFUL TO HIS WORD.

JEWISH OPINION: THE VERY FACT OF BEING A JEW, A DESCENDANT OF ABRAHAM, ENTITLED THEM TO THE BLESSINGS OF THE COVENANT, AND TO BE REGARDED AS A CHILD OF GOD. SO PAUL BEGINS TO VINDICATE GOD THROUGH THEIR VERY OWN SCRIPTURES EXPOSING THEIR MISGUIDED ERRORS.

1. OUR BELONGING TO GOD IS NOT OF NATURAL DESCENT V6-9

V6 DO NOT CONFUSE THE TWO ISRAEL’S:

GOD KEPT ALL HIS PROMISES – HIS WORD CANNOT BE BROKEN – ALL HIS PROMISES WILL BE FULFILLED BUT WHAT THEY FAILED TO GRASP AND WE MUST GRASP V6 NOT AL DESCENDED FROM ISRAEL ARE ISRAEL (SPIRITUAL AND EARTHLY) NOT EVERY MEMBER OF ISRAEL IS A MEMBER OF GODS ISRAEL (THIS IS THE KEY THAT UNLOCKS THESE THREE CHAPTERS) SO THE REAL ISRAEL IS CONTAINED WITHIN THE NATURAL ISRAEL. TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY, THE SPIRITUAL ISRAEL IS CONTAINED WITHIN PHYSICAL ISRAEL.

ALTHOUGH THE NATION WAS CHOSEN TO TRANSMIT THE SCRIPTURES - TO SPREAD ONE GOD – ALTHOUGH THEY HAD GREAT PRIVILEGES V4 -5 THE CHOOSING OF THE NATION DOES NOT MEAN THAT EVERY INDIVIDUAL WITHIN IT WAS CHOSEN FOR SALVATION.

SO THE FACT THAT SOME DON’T BELIEVE DOESN’T CANCEL OUT GODS PROMISES BECAUSE GOD NEVER INTENDED THAT EVERY JEW TO BELONG, ONLY A REMNANT. ROM11: 4-6 THE REMNANT – OT: 7000 RESERVED - WHAT ABOUT THE THOUSANDS WHO HAD BOWED TO BAAL. GOD ONLY EVER SAVED A REMNANT.


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