Romans 8:31-9:13 – October 14, 2007

October 7, 2007 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

BELIEVERS ARE LOVED BY GOD (verses 31-38) and THE IMPLICATIONS OF FAITH FOR ISRAEL (verses 1-13)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class

Q1) Read Psalm 118:6. According to verses 31-39, what can separate a believer from the love of God?

Discussion)    Nothing, absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Q2) Verses 31-39 talks about how much God loves us. What thing mentioned in these verses demonstrates how much He loves us?

Discussion)    That God did not spare His own Son for us.  God gave the best that heaven has to take the place for each one of us in our worst areas.  That is a love that one can hardly imagine.

Q3) In verse 33 who is it that justifies? What comfort does this give us when the devil attacks us?

Discussion)    God justifies.  It is absolutely nothing about us but everything about Jesus and what He does.  We cannot justify ourselves by being holy enough, good works, etc., instead it is all about what Jesus does in our place. 

Q4) In Romans 9:2, Paul says his heart is very heavy and in continual sorrow. He even says in verse 3 that he wishes he himself was accursed from Jesus {was separated from Jesus}. When Paul feels this way, where do you think his thoughts were? What was he pondering on?

Discussion)    Chapter 8 actually does flow into chapter 9 in that at the end of chapter 8 Paul was explaining the love of God and in chapter 9 Paul explains the amount of love that he has for the Jewish people and that he wants each one of them to experience the love of God that he has experienced.

Q5) Verses 6-13 talk about promises to certain people God chose for His purposes. In verses 6 and 7 Paul talks about the promises to Isaac and Moses. Who does he use as an example, that explains verses 6 and 7? {Galatians 4:22-31 helps with this question}.

Clues)    This is the trick question.

Discussion)    It is actually Abraham and Isaac.  This is an extremely meaty part of Scripture.  We spent the rest of the class time talking on this point.  If you notice Galatians 4:24-26, this passage explains how there are two Jerusalems, one here and now under bondage and then one above which is free.  Also Paul explains in this portion of Romans how that Abraham had two sons, one out of the flesh (Ishmael) and one out of the Spirit (Isaac).  Issac had two sons, one that chose the fleshly way (Esau) and one that chose the spiritual way (Jacob).  Paul is showing us that it does not matter what our heritage, what matters is are we going to choose the fleshly path or the spiritual path for each decision that we make.  Also we talked about verse 6 where Paul states that for they are not all Israel who are of Israel.  This is a difficult statement, but if I may we can put it in today’s context, every person that states they are a Christian may not necessarily be a Christian.  In other words do not take everything as the truth but test everything that you hear according to the Word of God.  

Q6) Read Galatians 3:29, Galatians 4:28, and Hebrews 11:11. Verse 8 says the children of the flesh are not the children of God – the children of the promise are counted as the seed. What does this mean?

We did not get into this question or the life application due to time.  We will pick this up next week.

LIFE APPLICATION: When we think of the Jews and how they refused to recognize the Messiah or when we think on people we know that are not saved and our hearts become so burdened for their souls to be saved, should we stay stuck here, just thinking on these things? What might this drive us to do?

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