Putting God's Word into Practice…

Romans 9 & 10

on August 27, 2012

God’s Sovereignty

  1. Salvation is not based on works, but on God’s choice and plan.
  2. God is still and always will be just.
  3. God is merciful and compassionate.
  4. God demonstrates His power through people–good and bad.
  5. God’s goal in His actions is to have His name proclaimed in ALL the earth.
  6. God hardens hearts.
  7. God is the Creator, Molder, and Shaper of each life.
  8. God uses people headed for destruction to display His wrath and people whom He has shown mercy to display His patience and glory.
  9. God, in mercy, leaves a remnant of His people and does not utterly destroy.

Although God is fully sovereign and plans each life for His own purposes, we have been left an example to long for Him to save everyone. (Romans 9:3, Romans 10:1, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9)

Paul goes on to explain the “process” of salvation.

  1. Hear the good news
  2. Believe that Jesus died and was raised again to life
  3. Confess “with your mouth” that Jesus is Lord–ruler of your life.
  4. Call on the Lord

Not everyone who hears will believe; but everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved. We are sent as messengers of the good news, and God takes care of the rest.

Jeremiah 29:13 tells us that God will be found by those who seek Him.  This passage also tells us that God shows Himself to those who are not even seeking Him or asking Him to reveal Himself.  He reaches out His hand to the disobedient and the contrary.  He reached out His hand to me!

God is patient.  God is merciful.  God is in control.

I have really struggled with these chapters.  God is bigger than I can fathom; His mysteries belong to Him alone and cannot be fully known.  I am humbled He chose me.  This past week, I found out about the passing away of an old, close friend.  As I’ve reflected on a lot of memories, they have reminded me of my detestable, rebellious heart–my old self.  I don’t know why God chose me, but I am so grateful because I never deserved His mercy.  Yet, He made me a “vessel of mercy” to make known the riches of His glory.  His ways are unfathomable and beyond searching out!

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