A study for John on ROMANS 9

Paul confirms ‘it’ (a truth) by the work of the Holy Spirit in him.

Paul had a deep concern about ‘it’ (the truth).

Paul wished he could cut off himself from his (Paul’s) race (people of Israel – NIV). This means Paul didn’t want himself to be in the family line of his own people.

From the people of Israel (race) is Christ’s ancestry traced.

This Christ is GOD over all (OVER EVERY ONE/THING)

6th verse – It is (THE TRUTH)  not (I DIDN’T MEAN TO tell this AGAINST the WORD OF GOD)

But not ALL descendants of ISRAEL ALIAS JACOB (GEN 35:10) are ISRAEL (race).

Just because they (Israelites ) descended from him (Israel alias Jacob) , they (Israelites) cannot be called Abraham’s children through LINEAGE.

On the contrary (OPPOSITE), it is through Isaac (SPIRITUAL CONNECTION) that your offspring (CHILDREN) shall be reckoned. (BUILT/ESTABLISHED)

In other words, it is NOT BY PHYSICAL (work of the flesh) DESCENT (but by the work of the Holy Spirit) that are REGARDED ( considered) as Abraham’s children.

They are called as children of ‘the promise’.

And the PROMISE is defined at GENESIS 18:10-14.

So PLEASURE(WORK OF THE FLESH) is something that Sarah considered it as. But it is not by WORK(of FLESH), but by PROMISE(of God) that she had a child.

10th verse – Rebekah’s children were CONCEIVED (FORMATION OF TWO EMBRYOS /EGGS) AT THE SAME TIME.

Even before they were born, God’s election (CHOOSING SOMEONE AS A LEADER)  not by WORKS(of people / flesh) but by him (God) who calls.

15 – Exodus 33:19

It (the purpose) depends on God’s mercy.

17 – Exodus 9:16

19_ someone might have asked Paul the reason why God keeps blaming them.

22 – What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known (AS HE DID WITH A PURPOSE WITH PHARAOH), bore (TOLERATED) with great patience the objects of his wrath (THAT HE HAD)—prepared for destruction?

23 What if he did this (TOLERATE WITH PATIENCE) to make the riches of his glory (OF HIS FACE) known to the objects (AS UNTO MOSES) of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory—

24 even us (AS HE CHOSE MOSES), whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

26 and,

“In the very place where it was said to them,

‘You are not my people,’ (STRANGERS/GENTILES)

there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”(ISRAEL’S DESCENDANTS).

Refer Hosea 1:10.

29 It is just as Isaiah said previously:

“Unless the Lord Almighty

had left us descendants (OFFSPRING/CHILDREN),

we would have become like Sodom(HOMOSEXUALITY/FLESH/NO CHILDREN/NON REPRODUCTIVE),

we would have been like Gomorrah(HOMOSEXUALITY/FLESH WORKS/NO CHILDREN/NON REPRODUCTIVE).

33 As it is written:

“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble

and a rock that makes them fall,

and the one (ANY GENTILE/PERSON ON THE EARTH) who believes in him (CHRIST) will never be put to shame.

I think Paul is rejecting his physical lineage to his race and desires to be related to the Messiah in a SPIRITUAL CONNECTION. 8th verse.

And because God loved Jacob ALIAS ISRAEL, God chose Jacob to be a leader to HIS people because HE had mercy towards Jacob and i.e because HE had a PLAN OR PURPOSE towards Jacob’s life.So God’s PURPOSE depends on God’s mercy.

Exodus 9:15.

God didn’t kill Pharaoh because He had a Plan or a Purpose towards Pharaoh’s life.

Which implies, God had a purpose towards Pharaoh’s life because HE had mercy towards him(Pharaoh).

PAUL DERIVES GOD’S MERCIFULNESS FROM A LEGALISTIC POINT OF VIEW:

If God is blaming us, it is to shape us into a purpose. Paul is reminding us that we are HUMANS and that GOD has that LEGAL RIGHT to shape some of us into SPECIAL PURPOSE and some of us into COMMON PURPOSE AS WELL.

So both the SPECIAL PURPOSE as well as COMMON PURPOSE are made of GOD’S MERCY.

But IN HIS MERCY, God will show us the riches of HIS glory, not only to the Jews (Israel’s race) , but also to Gentiles (us).

So I don’t think we SHOULD NOT question God, but we have to remember that HE finds faults in us because he refines (as he loves) us into the OBJECTS OF HIS MERCY .

CONCLUSION:

I THINK, BELIEVE that Paul is asking us to humble ourselves before God as our authoritative CREATOR , to allow God to shape us into that purpose AS HIS CHILDREN in HIS MERCY through SON-SHIP IN MESSIAH by FAITH IN THE SPIRITUAL CONNECTION to see THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY.

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