Grace Debrief 9/17/17
If Romans is a symphony, then chapters 9-11 are a little hard to fit into the piece. Think of it this way: these chapters explore the musical themes behind the score. There's something lurking back there that calls for explanation. For Paul, that thing lurking back there is the problem of Israel - God's chosen people - and what the gospel means for them.
You'll need to read them. They're brilliant writing, and God uses Paul to present some BIG FAT THEOLOGICAL STUFF. This is stuff about God like his:
Each of these BIG FAT THEOLOGICAL things are important. But for some of us, it's hard to see how they really matter.
They do matter, though. They matter when it comes to people we know and love, but we wonder where they stand with Jesus. These things matter when it comes to US - to our own standing before God.
It ultimately comes down to our free will and God's full control. If God decides, how do we get to choose? If I really get to choose, how does God remain in control of everything?
You need to read Romans 9-11.
In the end, it comes down to one thing. In fact, EVERY SINGLE TIME THIS ISSUE IS PRESENTED IN THE BIBLE (Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes, etc) IT ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO THIS. Paul gives us that bottom line at the end of his explanation:
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.