Studies In The Book Of Romans

(Romans 9:22-33)

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1. What did Paul imply in posing his question as to why God was long-suffering with those who were fit to destruction?

That God was showing the riches of His glory and His mercy to those who deserved His wrath: “What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory” (Romans 9:22-23).

2. Did the riches of the mercy of God extend only to the Jews?

No: (23) And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, (24) Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles(Romans 9:23-24)?

3. What prophet is Paul referring to in Romans 9:25-26 (Hint: Osee = Hosea)?

Hosea (Hosea 2:23 and Hosea 1:9-10): (25) As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. (26) And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God” (Romans 9:25-26).

4. Was all of Israel saved?

No, a remnant: Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved” (Romans 9:27).

5. Was it God’s intention to drag out or not finish the work He started in saving the lost?

No: For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth” (Romans 9:28).

6. What would have been the end of the Jews had God not left them a seed?

They would have been as Sodom and Gomorrha: “And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha (Romans 9:29).

7. Whether Jews or Gentiles, how did righteousness come about?

Through faith rather than works of the Law: (30) What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. (31) But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. (32) Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; (33) As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed(Romans 9:30-33).


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