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God's Roller Coaster Ride (21 of 34)
Series: Good News from God
[Show the following roller coaster video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEZIG-KEONA] Do you want to throw up right now? My wife nearly did when she was previewing this video clip last night. You're probably wondering why I showed you a video clip of a roller coaster ride. I can think of nothing better to kick off Romans 9-11 than a terrifying and exhilarating roller coaster ride. The reason is simple: For many people these chapters contain the most terrifying and exhilarating words in the New Testament.
In 8:28-39, Paul established that: (1) God has a purpose for believers; (2) nothing can prevent that purpose from being fulfilled; and (3) no one can separate God's people from His love. But a question remains: What about God's chosen people-the Jews? God loved them and had a purpose for them too. Yet, Israel appears to be excluded from God's program. Therefore, the inescapable question is: Since so many Jews appear to have become separated from the love of God, haven't His promises and eternal purposes failed? If so, then what basis do you and I have for believing that God's promises to us will be fulfilled? Our Christian hope is at stake! Paul addresses this concern. In Rom 9-11, he explains Israel's spiritual condition: past (9), present (10), and future (11). In our first installment, 9:1-13, we learn that God's promises and plans never fail. Paul shares two essential truths about God.
1. God is committed to His people (9:1-5). This opening paragraph reveals both God and Paul's burden and passion for Israel's salvation. We will also see the necessary balance between human responsibility (9:1-3) and divine sovereignty (9:4-5). In 9:1-2 Paul begins by expressing his sorrow. The intensity is built up by three doublings: "I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unc ...
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