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The Potter’s Choice. Romans 9:14-29. By David Turner www.BibleStudies-Online.com. Review – The Elect are Secure! . We Are Secure In Christ! Romans 8:31–39 (ESV)

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The potter s choice

The Potter’s Choice

Romans 9:14-29

By David Turner

www.BibleStudies-Online.com


Review the elect are secure

Review – The Elect are Secure!


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We Are Secure In Christ!

Romans 8:31–39 (ESV)

31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.


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We Are Secure In Christ!

Romans 8:31–39 (ESV)

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Review the elect are secure what about israel

Review – The Elect are Secure! What about Israel?


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What Happened to National Israel? Aren’t they God’s Elect?

Paul began by expressing his great love for his own people, the Jews, his grief over their unbelief, and his willingness to sacrifice himself if it would bring about their salvation (9:1-3).


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What Happened to National Israel? Aren’t they God’s Elect?

Paul began by expressing his great love for his own people, the Jews, his grief over their unbelief, and his willingness to sacrifice himself if it would bring about their salvation (9:1-3).

National Israel was privileged with the covenants, laws, glory, of God (corporate election).


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What Happened to National Israel? Aren’t they God’s Elect?

  • In verses 6-13, Paul pointed to the doctrine of election as his first explanation for Israel’s unbelief – Election is Individual, Not Corporate.

    • (The Promise) Not all of physical Israel is that “Israel” which God purposed to bless.

    • God has always selected some to bless and leave others in their state of unbelief, destined for the judgment they deserve.

    • Two Examples of Election. God chose to bless Isaac, not Ishmael; He loved Jacob and rejected Esau.


Is god unjust for showing mercy to some and not others

Is god unjust for showing mercy to some and not others?


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God’s Choice Is A Matter of His Character

Romans 9:14–33 (ESV)

14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part?


The potter s choice

God’s Choice Is A Matter of His Character

Romans 9:14–33 (ESV)

14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”


The potter s choice

God’s Choice Is A Matter of His Character

Romans 9:14–33 (ESV)

16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.


The potter s choice

God’s Choice Is A Matter of His Character

Romans 9:14–33 (ESV)

14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

God is Just

God is merciful and compassionate

God is sovereign

God is powerful


If it s god s choice why are we at fault

If it’s god’s choice, why are we at fault?


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God’s Choice is a Matter of His Authority

19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?”


The potter s choice

God’s Choice is a Matter of His Authority

19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?


The potter s choice

God’s Choice is a Matter of His Authority

22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—


God elects vessels of mercy from jews and non jews

God elects vessels of mercy from jews and non-jews.


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24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25 As indeed he says in Hosea,

“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’

and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’ ”

26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’

there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ ”


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27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29 And as Isaiah predicted,

“If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring,

we would have been like Sodom

and become like Gomorrah.”


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30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written,

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;

and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”


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What is Your Stumbling Stone?

The Jews Stumbled over the issue of Works vs. Faith in Christ.


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What is Your Stumbling Stone?

The Jews Stumbled over the issue of Works vs. Faith in Christ.

Is it the issue of Predestination and free will?


The potter s choice

What is Your Stumbling Stone?

The Jews Stumbled over the issue of Works vs. Faith in Christ.

Is it the issue of Predestination and free will?

Science/Logic/Reason?


The potter s choice

What is Your Stumbling Stone?

The Jews Stumbled over the issue of Works vs. Faith in Christ.

Is it the issue of Predestination and free will?

Science/Logic/Reason?

Feelings?


The potter s choice

What is Your Stumbling Stone?

The Jews Stumbled over the issue of Works vs. Faith in Christ.

Is it the issue of Predestination and free will?

Science/Logic/Reason?

Feelings?

Experience with Christians?

Experience with the Church/religion?


The potter s choice

What is Your Stumbling Stone?

The Jews Stumbled over the issue of Works vs. Faith in Christ.

Is it the issue of Predestination and free will?

Science/Logic/Reason?

Feelings?

Experience with Christians?

Experience with the Church/religion?

Is it “Sin” in your?


The potter s choice

What is Your Stumbling Stone?

The Jews Stumbled over the issue of Works vs. Faith in Christ.

Is it the issue of Predestination and free will?

Science/Logic/Reason?

Feelings?

Experience with Christians?

Experience with the Church/religion?

Is it “Sin” in your life?

“whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”


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“I believe the doctrine of election because I am quite sure that if God had not chosen me I should never have chosen him; and I am sure he chose me before I was born, or else he never would have chosen me afterwards; and he must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why he should have looked upon me with special love. So I am forced to accept that doctrine.” Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers


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