Bible study on Romans – Chapter 9
Dear brothers and sisters,
In this bible study on the 9th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through the following:
- Paul’s anguish over Israel
- God’s sovereign choice
- Israel’s unbelief
Paul’s anguish over Israel
Paul starts this chapter by confirming that the nation of Israel, was not just a nation. No, there are in fact that lineage from which Jesus would eventually come. Paul knew the importance of this nation and the love he had for this nation, that he was even willing to die for its sins to ensure that this nation would not perish. To me this shows it is possible for a person to really dedicate his or her life for God and faith.
God’s sovereign choice
In this part it is made clear that sonship as a child from Israel and God is not determined based on the your heritage, but based on your faith in God. Furthemore, this part of the chapter deals with God. We should not think that we are on the same level of God, because we are defintely not! I do believe we can talk with God and talk with about things we don’t understand, but we cannot talk to God and talk to Him and put His works into doubt. He is our potter and it is up to Him what He does. But if you really believe in God and love Him, than you will know that all He will do in your life is to bless you and make it better. I think that God will even use moments of hardships to better your life and to help you grow.
Paul talks about the unbelief of Israel. A lot of children of Israel did not enter heaven, because they depended on their works and not on their faith to come into Heaven. Don’t think that calling yourself a Christian and depending on your works will make you able to go to Heaven. No, only by your faith in God you can enter Heaven. This means that we need to change our way of thinking: God is the center of our world and not we ourselves.