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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Romans 9-11 Chapter Nine: Message Outlines

Romans 9:1-5 (4)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
October 29, 2017
Humble, Texas
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Thesis:   Paul's "subject" for his clarification of God's larger plan is "Israel" (not the Church).

Introduction:   In our studies thus far in Romans 9 we have seen that Paul is addressing certain false accusers regarding the roots of his Gospel. In order to blunt the effectiveness of his message, his opponents have adopted the "attack the messenger" tactic that is almost universal in its use by those who have no real arguments that can stand up to the bright light of truth. Their attack consists most fundamentally of the accusation that his message is rooted in hate for Israel and, thus, Israel's God. If this charge can be made, and made to stick, no thoughtful person will buy into his message for obvious reasons: hatred assumes a house divided against itself and is, therefore, both a lie and doomed to ultimate failure.

Paul's response has been to declare both the fact of his love for Israel and the evidence of it.

This evening we are going to look further into his attitude toward "Israel" as he developed it. But, we are going to look at it with at least part of our focus upon one of the most effective heresies that has ever been foisted upon "Christendom". This heresy is the claim that God's word must be understood under the rubric that the Church of Jesus Christ has taken the place of Israel by becoming the true Israel of God so that all of the promises God made to Israel must be interpreted as "spiritually intended". Thus, we should not look for any genuine, physical, real-world fulfillments of promises that have actual historical and physical elements embedded in them, such as Genesis 13:15. A notable example of this heretical notion is the claim made by those who migrated to North America that they were being given "the promised land" so that the original inhabitants were "spiritually" Canaanites and were to be killed.

So, what do Paul's words mean both in his setting and in ours?


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