As we continue our study of Romans 9-11 let’s focus on God’s sovereign activity in electing some to salvation in chapter 9. To many this is difficult truth to grasp and accept. Some would be incensed by it. That’s why Paul was so careful to share his heart’s concern for them.
First, listen carefully to God’s perspective as to why only some believe. In verses 4-5 it’s clear that if you’re relying on a privileged position like Israel had you will not come to saving faith. “Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.”
They were without doubt privileged beyond measure, but that didn’t save them. God gave them so much and so many opportunities. There way was paved before them. Yet when Christ came as the fulfillment of all they had received and been promised, they missed it. Privilege and/or parentage doesn’t give it to you (Romans 9:6-10).
Not all descendants of Israel are Israelites. Not all of Abraham’s children are Israelites. “In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.”
Salvation comes by believing in the promise of God. Are you relying always and only on God’s promise?