Romans 9:1-15

Paul hurts for his fellow Jews. After all, they’ve had all the advantages. They were given the law, the sacrifices, the patriarchs, and the Messiah. Unfortunately, most of them refused to believe in Jesus! It wasn’t enough to be born into God’s covenant people. God chooses whose are His, and it happens through faith.

Ephesians 1:3-10 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Ephesians 2:4-0 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

True descendants of Israel had to individually exhibit faith, belief, and trust, just like Abraham did (9:6-7). And that faith is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8), so He can “have mercy on whom I have mercy,” and “compassion on whom I have compassion.

Are you His? Do you believe? How does being chosen make you feel?

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