Sunday, January 3, 2010

Salvation Depends On God's Mercy In Christ, Not Man's Will Or Merits (Romans 9)

Text: Romans 9

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God...

4. In Election (9-11)
A) Of Ancient Israel (9:1 - 11:10)

Chapter 9 shows that personal salvation does not depend on man's heritage (1-5, 9-13), will, or personal merit (6-18, 30-33), but entirely on God's sovereign choice (16, 18). This truth is illustrated by several examples.  

Though Jews are part of God's chosen nation and have a blessed heritage, yet not all receive personal salvation (1-8). In the same way, Isaac (not Ishmael the firstborn) (9) and Jacob ((not Esau the firstborn twin) 10-13)) were God's choice for personal blessing. By God's choice, Pharaoh hardened his own heart against God (Ex. 4:21; 7:3; 9:12; 10:27; 14:4,8; cf. 14:17).

Even if someone objects, God is righteous in preparing some for hell (because of their sin) and others for salvation (to show His mercy), because He is sovereign over His creation (19-23). Finally, God, though He still saves a "remnant" of and will yet restore His chosen nation Israel, chose to make Gentiles the main subjects of His salvation in this church age. This final example of election demonstrates that God makes people righteous on the basis of faith in Christ, rather than through keeping the OT Law (30-33). Thus, becoming righteousness depends entirely on God's choice, and not man's heritage, will, or personal merit.

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.