Romans Lesson 16 Day 2

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Romans Lesson 16 Day 2

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3. “I have bitter grief and incessant anguish in my heart.” Romans 9:2 AMPC

Paul grieved for the people of Israel. He longed for them to know Jesus Christ as their Messiah and accept him as their kinsman redeemer. They had everything going for them as God’s chosen, but as Paul understood all too well, except for his encounter on the road to Damascus, he would still be an unbeliever, too. (See Romans 9:1-29)

How could they miss it? Because instead of trusting God, they took over. They were absorbed in what they themselves were doing. They were so absorbed in their “God projects” that they didn’t notice God right in front of them, like a huge rock in the middle of the road. (MSG)

Paul is saying that he would not only sacrifice his physical life but his eternal soul if that would produce salvation for the Jews. This degree of love cannot be found in man by himself. This is the love of God that was expressed in Jesus living in Paul (Galatians 2:20).  (Andrew Wommack)

Moses grieved for the Israelites when he found them worshiping a calf they made of gold. He asked God to forgive their great sin and if he would not, Moses offered to sacrifice his life in their place. (See Exodus 32:30-32)

Jesus wept when the city of Jerusalem came into view. He knew they would not recognize and accept him as their Messiah before Rome surrounded and destroyed the city, killing every man, woman, and child. (See Luke 19:41-44) As Jesus said,

“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep.” John 10:11 AMP)

4. a. “If there were any way I could be cursed…” (Romans 9:3 MSG)

Cursed —

Greek word — anathema  a (religious) ban or (concrete) excommunicated (thing or person)
Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

Execrated; afflicted; vexed; tormented; blasted by a curse.
Devoted to destruction.
Deserving a curse; execrable; hateful; detestable; abominable. (Websters Dictionary 1828)

Paul knew there is no way to do anything more for the Jews that Jesus had already done. As he wrote in Romans 8:1, 35, 38-39, nothing can undo God’s forgiveness, Paul’s new birth, or separate him (or us) from God. Paul’s old nature is dead and cannot be resurrected.

Paul was saying that he would go to hell in the place of the Jews if that would accomplish their salvation. This is nothing less than the perfect “AGAPE” love that Jesus demonstrated when He died for our sins…Paul was specifically commissioned by the Lord to go to the Gentiles, yet we see him repeatedly going to the Jews, even after he said he wouldn’t do that anymore (Acts 13:14). Paul even went to Jerusalem, apparently against the instruction of the Holy Ghost (Acts 21:4), and was more than willing to lay down his life for the sake of the Jews (Acts 21:13). This illustrated his great love for the Jewish people as he was describing here. (Andrew Wommack Commentary)

b. “There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends.”

Jesus said in John 15:13, “There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends.” (Voice)

Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 RSV)

5. I am a child of God.

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Romans 8:14-17 NIV)

I’m not a slave, I am a child of God by adoption. 

Union with God

As children of God, he extends many privileges.

  • Inheritance — co-heirs with Jesus
  • One on one relationship with our Heavenly Father.
  • Comfort through the Holy Spirit
  • Forgiveness and Salvation by the blood of Jesus
  • Security — He will never leave us
  • Authority over sin and the devil
  • Access to his wisdom, teaching, and discipline
  • Spiritual brothers and sisters 

We fail to take advantage of fellowship with the Father and to realize his presence is vital.

You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word]. (Psalm 27:8 AMP)

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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 16 Day 2 ~ Romans 9:1-5