Explore the Bible Lesson for Oct- 23- It-s All About God-s Plan
October 10 2011 by Randy Mann, minister of education and evangelism, Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Raleigh

Focal Passages: Romans 10:1-4,8b-18a; 11:28-32

In some ways, one would rather wade through a swimming pool full of alligators, hoping to come out unscathed, than to attempt to provide a brief discussion of these wonderfully celebrated, and hotly debated, chapters of scripture. It is important, however, to understand these chapters rightly both theologically, in terms of what they teach, and practically, in terms of how they call us to live.

Chapter 9 unequivocally confronts the reader with the realities of God’s sovereignty and divine election. Paul not only uses clear language to indicate these truths, but also constructs his argument in a way that demonstrates them as well. For this reason, the Calvinist holds up Romans 9 as “Exhibit A,” showing that the “U” (unconditional election) in the TULIP is well-founded.

The non-Calvinist quickly turns to Romans 10:13, and declares, “Ah, yes, but ‘everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.’” And so it begins. The Calvinist rebuts that it is true that “everyone” who calls on the Lord WILL be saved, BUT that only those who are “elected” will call. The non-Calvinist quickly flips to another “whosoever” passage like Acts 2:21 or to a passage like 2 Peter 3:9, which indicates that God is not “wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

So what are we to do? First, we should agree to affirm what scripture affirms: God is sovereign, and man is responsible. One commentator reminds us of how D.L. Moody illustrated these truths: “When we come to the door of salvation, we see the invitation overhead, ‘Whosoever will may come.’ When we pass through, we look back and see the words ‘Elect according to the foreknowledge of God’ above the door.”

Second, while we can never fully reconcile God’s sovereignty and human responsibility in our finite human minds, we must obediently show our “beautiful feet” (10:15b) by carrying the Good News of the gospel to those who need to hear. God will give eternal life to those who repent of sin and trust Christ. God is faithful to save. We must be obedient to go.
10/10/2011 9:38:00 AM by Randy Mann, minister of education and evangelism, Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Raleigh | with 0 comments

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