Romans 9

Romans

Romans 9 

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.

10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;

11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

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  1. Commentary:
    9 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
    ~ Paul is prefacing what he has to say with a lead in statement, and letting you know this is the truth he is about to tell you. Not because he has a habit of lying but because he wants to draw your attention to the statements he is about to make.

    2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
    ~ Paul is telling you it hurts his heart for the things he is about to say. Have you ever had this happen to you? Have something weighing on your heart so much it hurt? Paul is telling you that is where he is today.

    3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
    ~ I believe as J Vernon McGee stated in his commentary that Paul is saying that he was at one time accursed and he wants his brothers (the Israelites) to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and him crucified so that they too might be saved.

    4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
    ~ Paul goes on to ask the question who are the Israelites, those who have been adopted by God himself. The same who has had God’s glory with them. the same that God made covenants with. The ones that was given to law straight from the hand of God.

    5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
    ~ Paul goes on to point out that his statement was specifically for those who are the Israelites.

    6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
    ~ Paul goes on to make a distinction about the fact that there are two persons in Israel in his time those of the linage of Jacob and those who simply are not. Of those who are not, however may be the adopted sons/daughters by accepting Christ as the propitiation for their sins.

    7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
    ~ Just because you have come from the line of Abraham does not mean you are automatically the child of God. They are in truth the seed of David but you need to be born again to be called a child of God.

    8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
    ~ Just because you are of the linage of David God says this does not automatically make you a child of God. You may be one of his chosen but you have not chosen him if you have not accepted Christ as your personal savior.

    9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.
    ~ Paul is making a clear delineation that it is not only by blood that you are automatically God’s chosen people for salvation. God saves only those who accepts Christ and those only. There is no other way to be saved.

    10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
    ~ Paul ads additional substantiation when he now points to Rebecca and Isaac.

    11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
    ~ Paul says it is not by our works that gets us to heaven, its not because of anything at all but the love of Christ that gets a ticket on the Gospel Express train to heaven.

    12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
    14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
    ~ This is really speaking to a old Jewish tradition, that the oldest male in the family would inherit all that the father has to leave for his children. In this case however God for-told that the younger (Jacob) would inherit all that was rightfully his older brothers. God honors a man not only for who he is but who he will be. Remember God does have the ability to know the future. He knows what you will choose, however he will not make you to choose anything. That choice is up to you!

    15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
    ~ Though its a tradition to honor the eldest in the family, God says he will be merciful to who he wants to show mercy and compassion to whom he wants to show compassion on. God honors those that choose his paths, his ways.

    16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
    ~ God’s mercy is an unmerited favor that God bestows on those that he loves. It is a gift of God, not something you can earn. It is mercy that God chose the cross, it is for mercy that he died there and was placed in that ol’ cold grave. And it was his mercy that made him arise 3 days later. If it was not for God’s mercy in this example, we would not have had a way to reconcile to God. We are unable to earn salvation on our own. There is nothing we can do on our own to earn the mercy that God showed us as a people the day he walked out of that grave. He did that for you, he did that for me!

    17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
    ~God is all merciful but he is all powerful. Remember it is God that puts a man on the throne, and it is his life to take when his time is up.

    18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
    ~ God can choose to bless those he wants to bless and allow trials to those who he decides to allow them to befall on them. We are all God’s clay, if you think about it we really are just a bunch of ol’ mud puddles (some clay and water). It was because of God’s mercy that we no longer have to be a dirty ol’ mud puddle, but a new creation that is pure as the driven snow. Through the cross. The death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
    20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
    ~ We start scratching the surface of eternal security verses God’s love. This verse is one that many Calvinistic people who believe there is no reason to worry about the acceptance of Christ because if you will you will and if you wont you wont. There are some that say God has already chosen his people and that it doesn’t really matter what you do if you are meant to be saved you will and if you were not meant to be you wont. The reality here is that the writer is speaking to saying that God does not choose but you do. God has made a way and its what you do with that choice that makes the difference. I believe the Bible teaches very clearly that once you are saved you have not got the ability to loose your salvation. (couple quick references is Roman’s 8 and John 11). God has made you with something called Free Will. We all have it. That is why the teenager ignores the adults, the children lie when they are ask if they did something, it is our will.

    21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
    ~ Great visual here, you can also see a similar story in the book of Jeremiah. God is likened to the potter and we are the clay. He forms us and makes us what we will be. There are however times when they clay gets a stubborn piece of mud mixed in. The potter has the right to determine if the work he has put into the vessel being created is worth it. If not he is the ONLY one that has the right to destroy it.

    22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
    ~ God has the right to destroy the clay project. The Bible tells us that there will be suffering in this world. There is no Question. I just heard Greg Lowery today say that if you are not going though a trial praise God and get ready because the Bible is very clear that there will be storm a coming. Let me give you just a little bit of comfort here; God may take you to a storm but he will also be there with you though the storm.

    23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
    ~ God is the place of all blessings. God wishes to bless his people. Though we may be having trials here on this earth remember the blessings you lay up should not be in this world where rust or moth can corrupt but instead in Heaven where moth and rust does not currupt.

    24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
    ~ Many of the Jews thought that the Christians were not a child of God but God clearly states that we are his sons and daughters though the blood, we are child of his.

    25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
    ~ Paul is speaking to the adoption that came through redemption. He did not only make a way but he called us his children because the death was not just for the Jew but for all who believe upon him.

    26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
    ~ I am so excited to know that my heavenly father died for me, he shed his blood not only for the Jew but also the Gentile. How do you know which one you are? If you are not a Jew you are a Gentile, and he died for you so that you too would have a way to heaven one great day.

    27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
    ~ Paul starts to reference the profit Esaias. The promise that God tells his chosen ones and that they will be as the sand of the sea. There will be a remnant or a small group left that still follows what God has to say. This is in the old testament and the new.

    28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
    ~ God will finish the work, what work is he speaking of? That work is simply the work of salvation. God has finished the work when Jesus went to Calvary. He validated that completion some 3 days later when Jesus himself walked out of the grave. There was no death that could hold Christ back, there was no Grave that had power of Him. Christ Jesus walked this earth before his death to show us how to live, he walked after his death to remind us we too can live forever just as Christ does today.

    29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
    ~ God chose to completely destroy Sodoma and Gomorrrha. He did not choose to do the same with the chosen people but every time God would take them to task and really allow the hedge of protection to come up on Israel he would always leave a remnant. That remnant will be saved.

    30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
    ~ The Bible clearly teaches that we are not righteous, not a one of us! We all do things that are wrong. We all choose to look sin and welcome it in for a stay. God says the Gentile is not righteous. God reminds us that he we are all unrighteous. The only righteousness we have at all is the righteousness we obtain from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
    ~ Paul goes on to say though they had the ability to obtain righteousness Israel itself committed sin against God.

    32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
    ~ Paul reminds us that the salvation that the Jews obtain is not really contained by the works a mana or female have. We can not obtain righteousness only through Christ!

    33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
    ~ If we believe on Christ for our salvation, he says we will not be ashamed. How about you have you ever ask Christ to become your personal savior? Its easy contact us today if you have not so we can walk you through the steps you take in order to be saved.

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