The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 9:1-9 (13 of 25) by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 9:1-9 (13 of 25)
Harley Howard

Paul, having explained the tremendous privileges of
salvation through Christ Jesus in chapter 8, now
directs his thoughts to those whom those benefits
described were initially given, to the Jewish people.
Paul, being himself a Jew, and a Pharisee, and one
with a true Jewish heritage sees Jesus Christ as THE
FULFILLMENT OF THE JEWISH HOPE. Jesus Christ is the
Jews Messiah, fulfilling all the realities that the
types and OT religious system pointed to. Paul's
heart is grieved for his people as we will see in our
study.

1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience
also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in
my heart.

Lest anyone should question the sincerity of Paul's
heart, he declared that the Holy Spirit testified to
the truth of the condition of his heart towards his
people. Paul called God for a witness of his motives.
(read vs. 1) In verse 2, Paul said that GRIEF TO HIM
WAS GREAT AND THE SORROW IN HIS HEART WAS UNCEASING.
Heaviness meaning, pain, both mentally and physically,
mental anguish, and sorrow. It was a pain that Paul
describes as great. The Gk. word for great is:
"megas". It is the same word where we get the English
word: mega, meaning great, huge, and large. Not only
that, but Paul had incessant heart pain continually
with consuming grief and distress. Why was Paul
feeling this way and to whom does Paul feel this way
towards?

3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from
Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the
flesh:

I find that the kind of love and grief suffered by
Paul over the lostness of his Jewish race is lost as
far as today's attitude is concerned over the lost.
On a personal note: I have a grief and anguish in my
own heart towards my own race people as well as
others. My race is so steeped in religio ...


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