Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thoughts on Romans 9::14-18 (click here for NET Bible)

Paul began these verses asking "Is God unjust?" The answer is a clear, strong, resolute negative answer, "Absolutely not!" Then Paul asserts the truth about the sovereign election of God. God declares, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compasssion." God is a just God because all of humanity is infected with sin resulting in eternal damnation. God out of mercy and compassion chooses some to rescue from condemnation. This does not indicate injustice. The just thing is for every person, including you and me, to face the consequences of sin, which is death. This is why sinners don't cry out for justice. We cry out, "God, be merciful to me, sinner that I am!" (Luke 18:13)

Paul continues to explore God's justice in verses 19-33 when he examines the issue of God's sovereignty and human responsibility. Since God is sovereign and chooses whom He will save, then how can He hold us responsible for our choices? We will explore this tomorrow in the sermon and next week through the daily readings. As we do, may we remember Paul's words,

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how fathomless his ways! "For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counselor? Or who has first given to God that God needs to repay him?" For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36 NET)

1 comment:

Mark Forstrom said...

I look forward to this next section in this journey. I appreciate what this study is doing in my own life and understanding. Thank you, Bob!