Our God is Sovereign
(Read Romans Chapter 9)
“For though the twins were not yet born, and had not done anything good or bad, in order that God’s purpose according to His choice might stand, not because of works, but because of Him who calls” Romans 9:11
Romans 9 is vitally important to the Christian because it has great bearing on our spiritual life. It teaches us about God's children. The children of the promise.
Why were so many Israelites failing to experience the blessing of God?
Why were the Gentiles finding this blessing?
Because God is not obligated to choose on the basis of works or on the basis of ethnic origin. The promise comes through faith in Christ not by works of the Law. The scriptures never promised blessing to every physical descendent of Abraham. Just as God elected to bless the nation Israel above others, just as God chose Jacob and not Esau, Moses and not Pharaoh, so He has chosen only a remnant of the Israelites at the present time, while He is calling out a people to Himself from the Gentiles as well. God’s choice was not conditioned by any human activity or instrumentality, but was determined solely on the free choice of God. God is not unjust in choosing some and rejecting others because it is an issue of grace and mercy, not justice.
The Israelites who pursued righteousness by the law did not obtain it. But Gentiles, those who pursued it by faith, obtained their righteousness through Jesus Christ. This chapter is a sobering call that Christ alone saves nothing else is sufficient. It shows that the word of God’s covenant with Israel has not failed, because it is grounded in God’s sovereign, electing mercy. Therefore the promises to the true Israel and the promises of Romans 8 will stand! The promises purchased by the blood of Christ will be performed by the sovereign power of God.
God’s blessing is not found in one’s physical relationship to a particular forefather, but rather to one’s spiritual relationship to God by faith.!!