Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
October 21, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<444> Thesis: The "word of promise" eliminates the effectiveness of "the flesh". Introduction: In Romans 9 the apostle is attempting to make the believers in Rome confident that they can trust the words of God implicitly. This is not important from the perspective of the truthfulness of what God has said and will do, but it is crucial from the perspective of those who are to participate in the benefit of God's activities. Faith and/or unbelief do not have the ability to alter the Plan of God in any respect. The common attitude in our generation that "faith" gets God to do things outside of The Plan is completely contrary to the teaching of the Bible that "faith" gets men to do what God has already decreed in The Plan. It is important for us to realize these two realities: whether men "believe" God, or not, determines only their participation in the blessing of His Plan; and when God is "believed" it is not man's agenda that is served, but God's. This evening we are going to look a bit further into Paul's argument that "the flesh" is incapable of producing the blessing of the will of God so that we may understand why it is important.