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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Romans 9-11 Chapter Nine: Message Outlines

Romans 9:6-13 (3)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
January 7, 2017
Humble, Texas
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Thesis:   The "Rebecca also" argument pushes us to the foundation of promise/faith as it exists in the "according-to-election-purpose of The God".

Introduction:   In our last study we saw that Paul argued that "Israelites" were not "Israel" because of the dominant thesis of promise/faith as a defining issue for "Israel". Those are "Israelites" who are the physical offspring of Jacob/Israel, but those are "Israel" who are both "Israelites" and divinely produced children according to the standard of "Isaac" as a "child of promise".

We need to be clear on what a "child of promise" is. A "child of promise" is a "genetic offspring" that comes into existence by the specific activity of God because of the complete incapacity of the sexual activity of the parents. This had its original roots in Abraham and Sarah whose complete incapacity was revealed by a long married lifetime where no conceptions had occurred. It was played out again in Isaac and Rebecca whose complete incapacity was revealed by a twenty year long married lifetime where no conceptions had occurred and, after the divine intervention, no other conceptions occurred. It was repeated in Zacharias and Elizabeth whose complete incapacity was revealed by a married life time wherein no conceptions had occurred and Elizabeth had passed into menopause. Then, finally, it was played out in Mary's case where conception occurred without any sexual activity with Joseph or any other man. The Point is this: a "child of promise" is a divinely produced pregnancy and birth that is wholly of God without the compromising issue of God's methods of producing the child. With Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Zacharias and Elizabeth, God used their sexual activity to produce the child, but with Mary He eliminated human sex altogether so that the twisting of the thesis of "a child of promise" by the introduction of human effort would be absolutely rejected. Thus, a "child of promise" is a child produced by God because He had made a "promise" which the recipient was supposed to "believe". In the case of Zacharias, even the "faith" issue is revealed to be "of God" because he did not "believe" the promise until he was, in effect, "forced" into it.

Now, in this study we are going to see the content and logic of Paul's appeal to the historical record of "Rebecca also...".


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