February 10 - Two Ways to Live (Romans 9:30-10:4)
Prepare for Sunday worship by using the guide below.
I Come by the Blood
Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
The Gospel Song
Behold the Lamb of God
I Will Glory in My Redeemer
Nik Lingle and Phillip Taylor will continue teaching a series on How the Church Works. This class will be at 10:00am in the Youth Room.
30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
10 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Has God's word failed? Paul is still explaining how the majority of the Jews rejected Jesus as Messiah while many, many Gentiles accepted his work of salvation through faith. While chapter 9 speaks to God's sovereign choice as the reason he chose Isaac instead of Ismael and Jacob instead of Esau, now, he answers the question again, this time from the human perspective. In other words, even though God is sovereign over salvation, we are not just acted upon as puppets without any human choice, but we are involved and responsible. While God is the decisive actor in salvation, all people are to seek or attain a righteousness by faith. The two ideas are held tight in the same chapter. A contradiction? No. A paradox? Yes. Consider the shift in focus to the importance of our response to the gospel and to Jesus as the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Review and Apply
What is Paul trying to answer in this entire section?
What other paradoxes exist in scripture?
What are the reasons that Paul gives for Israel's rejection in this section?
Why is Jesus the stone of stumbling and rock of offense? How does the gospel cause people to stumble and take offense?
What are some dangers of religious privilege?
How did they fail to understand the Law?
How does one submit o the righteousness of God? Explain this in your life.
How is Christ the end of the Law? How does that effect how the Christian views the law?
In light of divine election, why ought we to remain sorrowful and prayerful for the lost?