Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
October 7, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<440> Thesis: The Word of God is absolutely trustworthy, not in terms of what men think it means, but in terms of what God meant when He gave it. Introduction: In our initial studies of Romans 9 we have seen that Paul made a big point out of the fact that he lived with a high level of emotional pain because of the condition of Israel in its "majority rejection" of the advantages God had extended to them. There are two major issues here: Paul's doctrine did not arise out of a heartless attitude toward the Jews; and God's dealings with Israel were significantly "advantageous" to the people of that nation even in their unbelief until their time ran out. There is an end to the patience of God. But, by making the claim that God had extended significant advantages to the people of Israel in the face of the "majority rejection", Paul created at least one difficulty. That difficulty focuses upon the attendant implication of "promises rejected": does man's flawed response to God's words mean that God's words cannot be trusted? This evening we are going to look into this difficulty to see what we can learn from it.