Have you ever started your day and not checked the weather forecast? You sprang out the door thinking it was going to be a beautiful day and soon discovered you were not appropriately dressed? You found yourself caught between two seasons. You were more appropriately dress for the season behind than the season ahead. Thinking of this illustration are you caught between two seasons (or ages/eras) spiritually? Are you more appropriately dressed for the one behind you, than the one your heading toward? Today in Romans 13:11-14 we will see in this text Paul is describing two ages or eras.
As we continue our study of Romans 11, the Apostle Paul underscores the faithfulness of God to Israel. He takes the necessary time in verses 17-24 to address the Gentiles and their temptation toward pride in their newfound position. Paul knows that some have become arrogant about it and have even seen cause for gloating against the fallen Jews. So, Paul confronts it head on and commands them – and US – to replace arrogance with honor, fear, and hope.
As Paul has defended the trustworthiness of God in Romans 9 and 10. He has also probed a theological tension that has caused many to scratch their heads. In chapter 9 Paul strongly emphasizes God’s sovereignty while in chapter 10 the emphasis turns toward man’s responsibility. This tension tends to lead our finite brains to a conundrum. We ask, “how can both be true?”
Today Pastor Dustin Rogers will address this theological tension. We trust that this time will prove helpful for us and ultimately lead us to greater worship of a God who’s infinite wisdom is sometimes beautifully beyond our reach.
Thus far in Romans 9 Paul has demonstrated that the reality of Israel’s broad rejection of Jesus does not indicate that God has failed or that His gospel really isn’t good. On the contrary, pressing into this question of Israel’s unbelief has helped us to see God’s trustworthiness in a whole new and powerful way. But there are still questions that remain concerning Israel. Paul begins to answer this question in Romans 9:30-10:4. Please join us today as Pastor Dustin Rogers opens the book of Romans chapter 9 where Paul points us to Christ who is the “end of the Law”!
There will always be things about God’s divine ways that our finite minds find difficult or even impossible to fully comprehend. It is in these moments that we have a choice. We can bow before our good God and trust Him or we can question Him to the point that we begin to lose perspective. It’s quite amazing, actually, how easy it is for us to begin to question God like He is a peer. Our human pride is always just beneath the surface in us and ready to rise up to foolishly challenge or protest. It’s here that we need a bit of a Job moment…we need the Potter to remind us that we are the clay. It’s a reminder that God gives us in Romans 9:19-33.This text is incredible. God puts us in our place and yet as He does, He continues to answer our questions, establish His trustworthiness, and remind us of the riches of His glory and mercy that He lavishes on His people! Please join Pastor Dustin Rogers as he opens up God’s word in Romans 9:19-33.