Love in the Word Church

Romans 9:25 - 10:13

Paul ties together prophecy from the Old Testament to the Gospel message. Paul so very much wants Israel to be saved, but they are constantly rejecting Jesus - the stone that makes Israel stumbled by the rock that "causes " them to fall (The Law). Paul talks about why the Jews are failing to follow Jesus. They are holding so much to the fact that they were given the Law, but reject the fulfillment in Christ Jesus when it is presented to them. Again Paul says that Jews and Gentiles are the same. This is the operative manner that allows Jesus to refine the Jew vs Gentile spectrum into the Believer vs non-Believer spectrum. Again Paul shows that works are important but they cannot save. He uses both Isaiah and Hosea to draw those under the Law to the new hope in Christ. There were many Jews in Rome. In fact it is probably true to say that they were the largest minority. Later when Caligula and Domitian come to Rome that all of the Jews were expelled. So Romans is an absolute must read for any Jew or Gentile who are seeking future success and current peace! The reader can almost see the leveling effect of the Gospel message that Paul takes to the Gentiles. The real question is that are we as Christians going to seek that intimate relationship that John had with Jesus or will we continue to seek our confession as the final work that we must do. Our position is that choosing Jesus is the first choice that gets us in the door and is the beginning of our process to write the immutable laws of God on our hearts. Only then will the Gospel become so much a part of us that it will inform our lives and lead us in the process of sanctification. He/she who has ears.....