Romans Week Nine: A New World OrderNovember 01, 2021 ● 28 min
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Questions We Ask Every Time We Read the Bible:
1. What do the verses say?
2. What's the backstory? What's the context?
3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage?
What does it say?
Paul has great sorrow in his spirit knowing that his own people do not see Jesus as their Messiah and as Christianity begins to blossom, his desire is that they accept Jesus as the chosen one.
The Jewish people are stumbling trying to be righteousness by law, but it is the gentiles; the people outside of Judaism, that are choosing righteousness by faith.
What’s the backstory?
There are a lot of people out there who will debate with you about theology and the verses in Romans 9. Amid the mystery of these verses, remove everything you know about church and look at the story for what it is: a historical man who had a 3-year career, who died, and his followers insisted that he was raised from the dead. It sounds like fooliness. And yet, here we are in 2021 with billons of people believe in this message. This is who Jesus is.
What does it mean?
When we are trying to understand the mystery of Romans 9, we must interpret it with scripture that we know is clear and forthright.
Two verses to help us interpret Romans 9:
1. John 3:16: “For God so loved the world.”
2. 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patience with you not wanting anyone to parish but everyone to come to repentance.”
What does it mean for me?
Am I willing to be clay in God’s hands? Am I willing to be formed or reformed? Can I hold onto the mystery of what I cannot explain with the certainty of what I can explain?
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