• Answering Back to God

    Romans 9:19-20a

    In his comments on today’s passage in his commentary Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that to charge God with wrongdoing as we question Him is to commit blasphemy. There is an appropriate way to ask questions of the ...Read More

  • Children of the Promise

    Romans 9:6-9

    There are some preachers who teach that God’s promises to Israel mean that all Jewish people will be saved regardless of whether they consciously put their faith in Christ. There are many people sitting in church pews who believe ...Read More

  • God and Unbelief

    Romans 9:9–18

    When God chooses someone for salvation, He does so in love, working directly in us, making Him the cause of our redemption (1 Peter 1:1–3). But in passing over the non-elect (reprobation), the Lord’s work is passive ...Read More

  • God’s Love and God’s Hatred

    Romans 9:6–13

    When we see that love and hate boil down to favor and disfavor, we can see that they are objective and that they involve conscious decisions. How does understanding this change how you look at people? Resolve to favor those ...Read More

  • God’s Purpose of Election

    Romans 9:10-13

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that “the Lord in his gratuitous election is free and exempt from the necessity of imparting equally the same grace to all; but, on the contrary, he passes by whom he wills, and ...Read More

  • God’s Sovereign Mercy

    Romans 9:14-16

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: “If grace is owed, it is not grace. The very essence of grace is its voluntary character. God reserves to Himself the sovereign, absolute right to give grace to some and ...Read More

  • God’s Will and His Mercy

    Romans 9:17-18

    John Calvin writes that we may not look for any cause of election other than God’s will: “We ought particularly to notice these words to whom he wills, and, whom he wills: beyond this he allows us not to ...Read More

  • God’s Word to His Covenant People

    Romans 9:1-3

    God’s Word is delivered to all of the members of the visible covenant community. But the members of the invisible covenant community show themselves to be His elect people by taking the warnings about staying in faith seriously, repenting ...Read More

  • Paul’s Love for His Kinsmen

    Romans 9:1-3

    Paul’s teaching on divine election throughout the rest of Romans 9 shows that he knew that it was impossible for God to reject him—an elect person—for the sake of the reprobate. However, Paul’s love as displayed ...Read More

  • The Doctrine of Reprobation

    Romans 9:14-24

    Many people are put off by the things we have discussed today. Read Romans 9:19–21. Notice how Paul deals with those who objected. The bottom line of Paul’s reply is this: We must bow the knee to ...Read More

  • The Faith of the Gentiles

    Romans 9:30-33

    Embracing justification by our works is no minor error. Rather, it is a battle against our most holy Creator. John Calvin comments: “Christ has been given to us for righteousness, whosoever obtrudes on God the righteousness of works, attempts to ...Read More

  • The People of God

    Romans 9:25-26

    God chooses us for His glory and not on account of any good in us. John Calvin comments that God’s glory is revealed in destroying the reprobate, because the only thing that separates the elect from the reprobate is ...Read More

  • The Potter and the Clay

    Romans 9:20b-24

    Election and reprobation are deep truths that defy our attempts to grasp them fully. God has told us some things about His purposes in election and reprobation, but He has not answered every question we have. In cases like these ...Read More

  • The Privileges of Israel

    Romans 9:4-5

    Throughout the rest of Romans 9-11, Paul will explain that Israel has not been rejected but enlarged so that God’s chosen nation now includes everyone who believes in Christ, Jew and Gentile alike. Thus, if we have faith in ...Read More

  • The Salvation of Israel’s Remnant

    Romans 9:27-28

    God continues to save people who, having been in covenant with Him, sin gravely and put themselves out of the visible covenant community via excommunication. The Lord promises that no matter what we have done, He is faithful and just ...Read More