Part 43 of the Sermon Series, Romans: The Power of the Gospel
A Godly Response to a Sovereign God
- “What shall we say”
- In response to our concerns (9:1-5)
- In response to God’s determination (9:6-13)
- Do we determine God’s rights? Absolutely not, Why?
- How has God been unfair to you lately?
- “Unrighteousness” = wickedness, evil, injustice
- Romans 8:28
- We serve a sovereign God who may do as He pleases without seeking any permission to do so or apologize for how He chooses to act.
- “He says” (notice the centrality of God’s sovereignty in redemption)
- In one sense, that’s all that matters is what God says
- We read the Word of God, not the opinion of manon the person of God
- “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy”
- Mercy = to have compassion, pity, concern
- “I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion”
- Compassion = moved and motivated by sympathy
- For whom is God obligated to show mercy and compassion?
- And yet He chose to forsake His Son on the cross, not looking upon the sin he bore, sinless as He was, to offer grace and forgiveness.
- “God is both just and the justifier. None can compare.
- “So then” (Notice the centrality of God within salvation)
- It does not depend on the one who wills
- “wills” = purpose, resolve, wish, want, desire
- “willing” = verb carries the idea of something present
- It does not depend on the one who runs
- “runs” = striving to advance spirituality
- i.e. working hard to be holy in one’s power
- It depends solely on God
- Who shows mercy
- Verb carries the idea of God acting in mercy
- It does not depend upon man but upon God
- “Praise God for His righteousness in all that He does.”
I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.
But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.”That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.”
And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.”As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.