Categories
apologetics eschatology human israel salvation study the father trinity

XXI. Romans: Why God’s Word Stands -tmp(Rom 9:10-15)

These next few verses wind up being breeding ground for lots of contention. Some have inappropriately used these verses to show that Jacob was “saved” and Esau “damned to hell”. It seems to me that this ignores Paul’s argument at this stage of his defense of the righteousness of God: that being, God’s Word stands and now, why it stands.

Paul has us look at Rebekah and Isaac’s situation (Gen 25:21-26). Here she is finally pregnant, and God be praised, with fraternal twins! The question about God’s Promise comes up: do they split Abraham’s inheritance? What if one of them is wicked or one of them careless…how will God’s Word stand if these men are faulty?

Categories
apologetics israel salvation study the father trinity

XX. Romans: God’s Word Stands -tmp(Rom 9:3-9)

The question “what about the Jew” is frighteningly important in it’s historic context. Paul immediately impresses upon the reader how important his kinsmen according to the flesh are since it directly impacts God’s good word.

Paul’s not referring to only blood relatives although he makes the blood relation with his countrymen that important. These are the Israelites who were formed as a nation by the very word of God. This group finds its origins in Abram, who was called out from the Gentiles, crossed over the river into Canaan and traveled up and down throughout the land. God gave irrefutable promises to Abraham and eventually to his sons…setting them apart children of promise.

Categories
romans study

XVI. The Surpassing of Law (Romans 8)

In this portion I will keep using the Hebrew names for continuity.

We get to a verse now that is largely taken out of context. I don’t know if you’ve heard it but it goes something like “A person who doesn’t believe God can’t personally believe God and can’t even please God because they are in the flesh. They are carnal and the carnal mind is hostile toward God for it does not subject itself to the Law of God (Rom 8:8).”  Thing is, Sha’ul is still defending God’s righteousness in the believer’s mind and is currently dealing with the death wrought by sin through the power of the Law versus the newness of life found in the Spirit. The carnality spoken of here is still in context of that which is wrought through the law, which pertains to the flesh.

Categories
romans study

XV.The Dilema Of Law (Romans 7)

Shane asked a couple of questions in the comments section for Romans 6. “Is this then to say that the Law was done away with Christ’s sacrifice? Did the Law ever condemn or was it sin that condemned? How do we determine which pieces of the Law are still binding?” I’m sure Brother Shane won’t mind if I make these questions the basis of this stage of the defense of God by Paul (herein referred to as Sha’ul)…as in the text.

Categories
study

Linking Up to the Roman Road

Since I’ve been going through Romans I thought I would put up some links to some of the material I based the work on. There’s a longer list over at worldcat but that’s just for lifelong Romans reading.