The State of the Elect vs. Physical Israel: God is Vindicated (Romans 9:1-29)


God has always said by what standard the called will be elected. Much how a boss puts out a want ad to hire someone, the standard is set out. In this way, the elected are predestined. The individual is not predestined per se, rather the ones who will come up to the standard that was predestined.
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The Hope That We Have: Romans 8:16-39


God has pulled out all the stops to get us a route home to Him. He sent His Son to pay the price for our sins. He has revealed His will through the Spirit manifested in the Word of God. He has given us a portion of the Spirit to dwell within us, and the Spirit likewise intercedes on our behalf. What barriers still stand in our way? Only we can choose to be overcome, but with God for us who can truly stand against us in the end?
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