GOD’S CRYSTAL CLEAR PICTURE OF THE PLAN OF SALVATION
Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher
AN OVER VIEW OUTLINE OF THE WHOLE CHAPTER
Part of the Manuscript for July 28 2013
Remember Charles this: It is not expositional preaching if you do not bring out the main reason for the text.
Well, let’s open our Bibles to Romans chapter 10 this morning. And we can relax a little bit, we’re not going to try to get too far. We’ll just take what comes. And we have really been through an exercise in thinking and meditating, contemplating, internalizing as we’ve gone through the ninth chapter. And as we now come to chapter 10, Paul continues this great section of the place of Israel in God’s plan.
Paul’s Burning Question in Romans 9–11 Paul wrote Romans 9–11 to answer this question:
If Israel is God’s chosen people, and if he gave to them the sonship and the glory and the covenants (9:4), and yet by and large they have rejected the Messiah and are cut off from Christ (9:3), then has not the word of God fallen? And if the surety of God’s word to Israel has fallen, how does it stand with us who hope in the promise that those whom he called he will also glorify?
This was a burning question for Paul. All his hope as a Christian, all the purpose of his apostleship, hung on this question: has God’s word to Israel fallen? Have all the glorious purposes of God for this people aborted because of their unbelief?
In commenting once more upon this familiar chapter, I cannot help repeating a remark which I have made to you before — that it is very significant that this tenth chapter should immediately follow the subject dealt with in the ninth chapter. In the ninth chapter, we have the doctrine of absolute predestination proclaimed in the sternest and boldest manner, — the doctrine that God will have mercy on whom he will have mercy, and will have compassion on whom he will have compassion. Now, it is commonly thought, by those who do not rightly understand Calvinism, that that doctrine has a tendency to burden the heart and dry up the springs of compassion. That it was not so in Paul’s case, is very clear, for this chapter is a most affectionate one, and in it the apostle manifests a most loving spirit towards his fellow-countrymen, the Jews, and the chapter also contains the widest conceivable declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the fact being that the grand doctrine of divine predestination is by no means inconsistent with the fullest and freest preaching of the gospel of Christ.
This chapter is a gospel in itself; it very clearly points out the plan of salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.