God speaks when his Word is proclaimed. When we sit under the preaching of God’s Word, we are not merely learning new information; we are encountering the living God. We usually work through books of the Bible systematically. Every week, we expound and apply a passage of the Bible to show Christ.
God's Promises Kept
This passage presents the climax of the apostle Paul's argument which he has been building for 3 chapters. The doors of salvation are still open to Israel, and it shows in God's pursuit of them. This reality is rooted in God's Word, which shows forth His character as a faithful God. In light of His undeserved mercy to both Jews and Gentiles, we are called to respond with gratitude to this very God.
Romans 9-11: God's Good Plan
Romans 8 ends with a glorious declaration that God’s good plan to save people through Jesus cannot be thwarted (Romans 8:30). But then, most of God’s Old Testament people rejected Jesus. So perhaps God’s plan could actually fail? Romans 9-11 explains their rejection of Jesus in terms of God’s sovereign purpose, humanity’s personal responsibility, and God’s wise and generous plan to save a people from all nations. In so doing, we see that God’s good plan really cannot be thwarted and will succeed.