GOD’S MERCY EXTENDED TO ALL
The portion of Scripture that we are studying tonight brings out God’s perfection in extending His mercy to all mankind.
It is comforting and assuring to know that God is in control of all things.
This gives the believer the confidence necessary to serve with all his heart.
I would have a hard time presenting the Gospel if there were any doubt in my heart that God is real and that He in control of all things.
If we are to be the effective witness and testimony that God expects we must have complete confidence.
Lets consider several reasons that we can have that confidence tonight.
I. GOD’S PROMISE TO
26 And so all
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Sion refers to
1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of
16 The LORD also shall roar out of
16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to
17 Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort
10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of
have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto
4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.
5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.
7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;
8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of
God will use the Nation of Israel and the city of
At that time the Israelite will recognize that they have crucified the Savior, their Messiah, and will trust Him as their King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The promise concerning
They crucified Him and the average Israelite today is still in unbelief.
Concerning the Gospel in the day of Paul the Israelite was an enemy of the Gospel.
They thought they were right in crucifying the Savior and persecuting the Christian.
But, as for the election
(God’s choosing of the nation before He formed it, and His promises concerning it to the forefathers of that nation) they are beloved (of God) for the fathers’ sakes.
(because God promised and God will keep those promises) ( Abraham, Isaac, Jacob).
There is still a remnant.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
God’s promises to
II. GOD’S PURPOSE REVEALED (vs 30-32)
30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
The Gentile in time past did not believe God.
They did not follow in the sacrifices and laws given to Moses.
They did not by faith hearken to the voice of the prophets.
The Gentile now has God’s mercy extended.
Because the Jew did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah.
Mercy is now extended to all.
Both Jew and Gentile may be saved.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
When the time came that man could realize from history that he was hopeless God sent His Son.
Innocence in a perfect environment, conscience, human government, inspiring promises and the Mosaic law had all failed to bring man into conformity to God’s holiness.
Now man can look back through the corridors of time and see his hopeless and helpless state of being without a Savior.
The fullness of time is now complete.
After considering every aspect of possibility that man could save himself and realizing the hopelessness of that possibility, God sent His Son.
It is by grace alone that we may be save through faith in His finished work on
III. GOD’S PRECISION IS BEYOND REASON. (vs 33-36)
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
For those who seek wisdom, there is an awesome acknowledgement here.
God is the well spring of all wisdom.
So deep is this well that is inexhaustible.
God’s knowledge of all things and His wisdom to use the knowledge is an awesome acknowledgement to any human being.
God is all knowing. And God operates in perfect wisdom.
God never has to wonder if He made the right decision.
God is always right.
God’s judgments are unsearchable.
No matter how many times one may try to disavow God’s judgments God is always right.
The way of God is past finding out.
Man can never know a fraction of what God knows and therefore cannot understand why God does all that God does.
We can only acknowledge His perfection when we look back upon it.
Paul is here referring to the perfection in which God used the Jew to bring Christ into the world.
Then used them to crucify Him, yet it is all working to the carrying out of God’s original plan.
No one can improve upon God’s plan.
All things are:
Of God – it is all here because of His effort.
Through God – it all came through God – no one else thought of it, helped in creating it there is nothing here that God does not know about.
To God – all things belong to Him.
We own nothing everything here belongs to God.
All credit and all honor for all things belongs to God.