God’s Sovereign Mercy, Pt. 3
June 30, 2019
Starting at the end of July, we are going to spend a few weeks reflecting on God’s glory and grace to us as a church body, as we think about 40 years of ministry at GBC. We will think about a variety of ways that we have experienced God’s grace, but mostly we will be thinking about God’s grace in salvation and the work of Christ in us and through us.
Even when we’ve been saved for many years, it’s appropriate to think about Christ and to remember His salvation and the impact that salvation has had on us. Paul instructs Timothy, “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel” (2 Tim. 2:8). Peter tells his readers of their salvation and then says, “Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you. I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder” (2 Pt. 1:12-13). The ordinance of communion also is fundamentally a remembrance of Christ’s work on our behalf. We do well to remember regularly God’s work to save us.
In a sense, that’s what Romans 9-11 is about. It is God’s sovereign salvation — the story of God’s faithfulness to save His children. He is faithful to His salvation plan for Israel and for us. That plan, which Paul begins to unfold in Romans 9:6-18, reveals that —
Salvation is always the result of God’s sovereign, merciful, and faithful choice.
In verses 6-18, there are five demonstrations of God’s faithfulness; we looked at the first three previously; we will look at the fourth today:
- God is Faithful — His Promises Don’t Fail (v. 6a)
- God is Faithful — His Election Doesn’t Fail (v. 6b)
- God is Faithful — His Election of Isaac is Typical (vv. 7-9)
- God is Faithful — His Purposes Will Stand (vv. 10-13)
- God is Faithful — His Non-Election of Pharaoh is Just (vv. 14-18)
Download the rest of this sermon on Romans 9:6-13.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.