Romans Lesson 16 Day 5

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Romans Lesson 16 Day 5

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11. God has the right to demonstrate his glory however he wishes.

In verses 22-24, Paul writes a series of what ifs. He isn’t saying God wants to or does do all those things but that God can do whatever he wants. God has rights because he is God. We don’t because we aren’t.

“The Jews were inclined to think that God could not make them anything other than vessels of honor. Paul rejects this view and points out that God does what he wills.” (Morris via Guzik)

We do know God showed great patience toward Israel. He sent prophets calling them to repent, and instead of repenting, “The faithful were stoned, sawn in two, killed by the sword, clothed only in sheepskins and goatskins; they were penniless, afflicted, and tormented.” (Hebrews 11:37 VOICE)

So instead of demonstrating his glory through fire and brimstone, he often shows it through patience and mercy.

12. Only God truly satisfies the longing of our hearts.

In Ephesians 1:17-21, Paul prays a powerful prayer for the believers in Ephesus. It’s great to pray for ourselves.

We have so much to be thankful for.

  • He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. (Ephesians 1:7 NLT)
  • He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:8 NLT)
  • He chose us to be his very own.
  • God is so rich in mercy, and he loves us so much.

God is so beyond our comprehension, but Paul encourages us to ask that our spiritual eyes be flooded with His light so we can see the same revelation of God’s goodness, power, love, mercy, grace, kindness and so much more.

Whenever we reflect his glory, we bring God praise. Even when we’re clumsy at it, he loves it the same way we appreciate a child with a fist-full of dandelions.

13. God forgives us and takes us back over and over again.

Paul quotes from the Old Testament prophets Hosea and Isaiah hoping the Jewish readers would pay attention and understand.

By grace, God preserves and empowers a remnant in every generation. Even when we reject him, he speaks to us through his prophets, his Word, and many other ways. 

The merciful promise is clear: “But if only a remnant will survive, at least a remnant will survive, and constitute the hope of restoration.” (Bruce via Guzik)

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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 16 Day 5 ~ Romans 9:22-29