We discuss Romans 9 this week in our journey through Paul’s important letter to the church at Rome. This particular chapter is a bit unusual and even challenging to understand.

Gentiles and Jews are Both “Children of the Promise”

Romans 9 is a difficult section of Scripture for most of us. In this episode, I ask the listeners to take a fresh look at truth that is clearly revealed in Scripture as context for these challenging sections. I discuss doctrines of grace, God’s sovereignty, man’s will, and other topics Paul addresses in this section.

Paul discusses our unity in Christ in this chapter. He is addressing a concern here. Paul is explaining that Gentiles and Jews are both “children of the promise.”

God is Just and God is Merciful

We unpack whether or not God actually hated Esau and the Edomites in this episode. This leads us to a discussion of justification by faith and God’s sovereignty in salvation. In fact, this chapter teaches God’s sovereignty over everything.

Paul says that God is just. He explains that God is merciful. And he exclaims that God has not just called the Jews but the Gentiles as well. There are mysteries in this chapter to be sure, but the beauty of this section is its focus on justification by faith for all people.

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“There are mysteries in this chapter to be sure, but the beauty of this section is its focus on justification by faith for all people.”

John Warren