Timeless truth about the remnant being saved. While God sovereignly chose a nation to be set apart, He also chose the way of salvation. He set aside Israel and He predetermined that salvation would be by faith. So, only a “remnant” of those “chosen” were actually saved. Why didn’t all of Israel become saved since … Continue reading Israel’s Remnant
Timeless truths about God hardening hearts. The context of Romans 9-11 is Paul’s presentation of the Gospel to the church in Rome. He clarifies that God has not broken His covenant with Israel. Our section today brings us to another challenging passage. Does God harden the hearts of people? Paul states that God is just … Continue reading Who hardens the heart?
Timeless truths about clay pots. Romans 9 makes it clear that God is the potter and we are the clay. Yet even clay can be unresponsive, unyielding to the Potter’s hand! Paul’s illustration is similar to Jeremiah 18-19. God instructs Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house and observe him. The potter is forming a … Continue reading Are you a piece of clay?
Timeless truths about election. Does God predestine some for salvation and others for condemnation? Romans 9-11 are three chapters that deal with God’s covenant with Israel. God chose Israel. Now that the church has been established, Paul states the obvious question: Has God turned away from His covenant with Israel? The answer is NO. Paul … Continue reading Election/Predestination
Timeless truths about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit works in the life of a believer in many ways. He confirms in our human spirit that we are the children of God. He intercedes for us when we don’t know what or how to pray. He works in the believer to conform … Continue reading The ministries of the Holy Spirit
Timeless truths about our struggle with sin. Romans 7 is an incredible chapter. But it is also one filled with intense debate. Paul records his struggle with sin. He doesn’t do the things he knows he needs to do and he does the things he shouldn’t do. The battle is real and powerful. The debate … Continue reading The Struggle
Timeless truths about dominion. Why do we struggle with sin after being saved? Paul writes in Romans 6 that sin no longer has dominion over the believer. Before trusting in Christ, we were enslaved to sin. Our minds were darkened. We were powerless. However, Christ broke the chains of sin in our lives. Salvation begins … Continue reading Dominion