In his book called the Magician’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis beautifully imagines the creation of Narnia by the song of the Great Lion, and it is wonderful. But, not everyone in the story sees it as such. Here Lewis notes that “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing.
As we come again to the often perplexing text of Romans 9, I’m praying that God will help us to have a better “standing” in order to see what God intends for us to see. We all have questions about election, but don’t miss the point… God wanted you first and that he will keep you until the end.
Last week in our Romans series we considered chapter 9:1-5 and Paul’s broken heart over a perplexing reality – the reality of Israel’s national rejection of Jesus as their messiah. This reality spurred in Paul an impassioned desire to see his fellow countrymen saved.
You see, Paul understands that Israel’s rejection of Jesus allows an elephant in the room. Therefore, Paul addresses it head on. He spends three chapters helping us understand the state of Israel’s present and future and ultimately proves and proclaims that God is utterly trustworthy to keep His promises. In chapters 9-11 Paul anchors the promises of chapter 8 in an infinitely trustworthy God.
The heights of Roman 8 and the peaks of joy give way to a broken Paul dealing with the reality his fellow countrymen have rejected Jesus. The first 5 verses of Roman 9 begin to lay out Paul’s burden for them to be saved and his intense defense of God and the Gospel.
If we have access to free grace and our past sins aren’t counted against us, does that lead to lawlessness then? Pastor Dustin reviews Romans 6 with us where Paul refuses that notion because of our unity in Christ.
We’re going to see [in 1:18-3:20] that the sheer depravity of mankind is pervasive and sits exposed by and condemned under the righteous wrath of God. You need to walk away today aware or reminded that you CANNOT fully understand or truly appreciate/celebrate the good news of the Gospel without the enduring message of the first section of Romans.
When we think too little or too lightly of our sin and God’s wrath, we will think too little of the cross. We will think too little of Jesus and His gospel. Our affections will be numb. The context of the in breaking of God’s grace is everything. Like Dunkirk without a miracle…With no great plight, there is NO great rescue.
Romans 8:31-39 is the impassioned climax to the first major section of Paul’s letter to the Romans. As the culmination of one of the most important and powerful sections of Scripture, it speaks with incredible force to the Christian. It should embolden and empower us, encourage and uplift us, instruct and inspire us, and emotionally move us. Please join Pastor Dustin Rogers today as we conclude our study of the first eight chapters of the book of Romans; the “The Romans Road”.
Today we come to one of the most well-known and beloved texts in all of Scripture Romans 8:28-30. This passage provides incredible security, joy, comfort, and stability to so many as it transcends whatever circumstances you may presently face. It brings our eyes and heart to a sovereign God and Divine Father who is, and has been, and always will be working ALL things together for our good! Please join Pastor Dustin Rogers today as we study Romans 8:28-30 and see three things that are especially important to know in the midst of suffering.
In this life we experience different sufferings and trials that test us. Due to the fall of man, creation groans with us as does the Spirit of God. In Romans 8:19-27, Paul points us to the confident expectation of a better day and world, and comforts us by showing us the Spirit of God helps us during these times.
The pain and suffering we deal with in this world can be wearing. God knows and even tells us in His Word it is certain. But our suffering today is not meaningless or unheard. It is purposed so we might enjoy a glorious future in Christ.