Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Romans 9

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope everyone has a great day and that we all remember what this day is truly about! Its all about Jesus and him coming for us and saving us so that we would be forgiven for our sins.

Romans 9 starts by talking about how God chose his people and what it meant to be chosen by God. Then it says: My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief (3) for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed- cut off from Christ!- if that would save them. (Romans 9:2-3 NLT). These verses talk about what someone might have to do to save someone! It also kinda talks about how we should feel when we meet someone that does not know God, we should be upset and want to do everything we can to help them find God. Then it talks about how God uses people to help him. He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory. (Romans 9:23 NLT).

Then in chapter 9 it talks about how the Gentiles were not following Gods standards but they were still made right with God because of their faith in God. It says: What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God's standards they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. (Romans 9:30 NLT). Has there ever been a time when your faith really helped you?


Anonymous said...

I really liked verse 30. It talks about how doing good things and following certain rules won't get us to heaven. The Gentiles were saved because of their faith in Christ as Lord not because of doing things.

In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who are destined for destruction. He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory. (Romans 9:22-23 NLT)

I also like these verses. They show us that God is loving even to those on whom his anger is falling. It also says that God does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter. He does things so that people can see Him as the loving, compassionate, merciful God He is. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that who ever believes in Him will never die but have eternal life."( John 3:16) This is the perfect verse to show God's love, compassion and mercy. This is what Christmas is all about. "For God so loved the world that He GAVE!"

I hope y'all have a great Christmas. Remember to be praying for all those who committed their lives last night and for all those who haven't yet recieved the Gospel. Also be praying for those who were affected in connecticut:) if anyone has something thy want me to be praying for just let me know!~abby<3

Carter Hinkle said...

19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”[h] 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
Are the people testing God or asking questions?

Anonymous said...

I really like verses 38-39 . What it says is that nothing can ever separate us from God because of his everlasting love. I like this verse because once I met a person who thought God doesn't love him anymore because he had done so much bad stuff. I told him that God always loves everyone no matter how many sins you have. I'm glad I read this verse now because now the next time someone thinks that, I can give them proof with this verse.

Joe Hinkle said...

Abby, I really liked what you said about verses 22-23 and how you tied it to John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave. John shows what God felt and then what He did for us!

Jackie I also like what you said about how the Gentiles were not following God's standards, but because their faith was right, they were right with God.

Verse 30-32

30What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. 32Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,

Paul is pointing out how works do not get you right with God. It is only by faith that allows us to be with God. The "stumbling stone" is focusing on the rules and not the relationship. God does not want a bunch of robots who obey His every command. He wants actual human beings who want to be with Him!

Happy Birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!! I really wish I could have made it to the Christmas Eve service and I'm praying for all the new believers and one still struggling with it.

Anonymous said...

Carter, I don't think that questioning God is the same as testing God. I think what's said about the clay asking the potter why did the potter make him that way is just saying you need to trust God for how He made you and what circumstance He allowed in your life and realize you are just as valuable to Him no matter what purpose He places you here for. I hope that helps!