Part 4 of 4. Taught by David Gibson, UCCF Scotland Team Days May 2010
(Teaching Election Today)
Romans 9:1-29 God’s word never fails
One of the big issues here: massive contrast at start of the chapter with how chapter 8 ends. Ch8 leaves you on a mountaintop with wonderful words that nothing will ever separate us from the love of God – wonderful stuff! But here’s a problem, and Paul knows it – there’s a piece of evidence in the world that cuts right against it. What is this piece of evidence? Naturally, we think it’s something like suffering which holds people away from God – but there’s a greater problem: Israel. The problem with saying that nothing can separate us from the love of God is Israel: they are separate from God. And Paul feels the pain for his brothers and sisters in his race. What happens to Israel is crucial to you and me as it is crucial evidence for whether God keeps his promises or not. V1-4 All God did for them, to say to them, nothing will ever separate you from me; and yet, look what’s happened. How many Jews believe in their Messiah? A few, but more don’t. So can God keep us from being separated from his love? He doesn’t have a good track record with Israel. So this is more about promises than election: what happens when people who say they are close to God but seem a million miles away – is God denying his promises? The answer is no: when God says I will keep you forever, he means, I will keep you forever. Key verse v6: question of whether God’s word has failed.
3 things which make us God’s people: