God’s Amazing Grace-Romans 9:1-5

Romans 9:1-5 “I speak the truth in Christ — I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, 4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.”
Romani 9:1-5 « Dico la verità in Cristo, non mento – poiché la mia coscienza me lo conferma per mezzo dello Spirito Santo – 2 ho una grande tristezza e una sofferenza continua nel mio cuore; 3 perché io stesso vorrei essere anatema, separato da Cristo, per amore dei miei fratelli, miei parenti secondo la carnecioè gli Israeliti, ai quali appartengono l’adozione, la gloria, i patti, la legislazione, il servizio sacro e le promesse; ai quali appartengono i padri e dai quali proviene, secondo la carne, il Cristo, che è sopra tutte le cose Dio benedetto in eterno. Amen!”
                                                                                                                           
     Paul moves from teaching on the power of salvation and then refocuses on the questions raised by some concerning Israel and the promises of God. The following three chapters provide a wealth of information on the covenants, responsibility and sovereignty of God.
     Paul begins by attesting that what he says comes from the witness of the Holy Spirit in his heart. He struggles with great anguish (literally grief) as he writes about the state of Israel’s official rejection of Jesus Christ. He has spent the last series of chapters demonstrating that Jesus is both Lord and Christ. Paul is so grief-stricken that he would be willing to substitute his salvation for theirs if it was possible. What a powerful statement that underlines Paul’s desire to save the lost sheep of Israel! 
     As proof for his conviction of how much God has done for His chosen people, Paul lists seven revelatory examples of the great length God has done to show them salvation. They are recipients of: 1) the adoption as sons 2) the divine glory 3) the covenants 4) the law 5) the temple worship 6) the promises of God and 7) the patriarch lineage that is traced to Jesus Christ. If we were able to add to this list, we could include the numerous examples of God saving Israel through seemingly impossible situations and the messengers of God who, generation after generation, reminded Israel to serve the Lord.
     We live in a very similar world. People today have either heard or seen the signs of God’s call in their life but have considered it of no consequence. To them, the revelation in the Scriptures are simply a compilation of stories that may or may not have occurred and have little meaning for today. How sad to know that history is repeating itself once again. May we always be mindful and thankful for God’s amazing grace!
Pray with me: Lord, I am grateful that You have opened my eyes to see Your salvation. Help me to never be silent as I proclaim what You have done to show us Your great grace.


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