Because of God’s Promises

Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome has the literary framework of a lawyer establishing and presenting the principle pleas in his case carefully and accurately before the Judge of all judges. Paul’s epistle to the Romans represents the Alps of theological thought. Romans 9-11 is the breathtaking and mind stretching pinnacle of God’s revelation to man.

Romans 9-11 has long been the acid test in Pauline theological thought that forces us to examine the historical advantages of Judaism, free will, and and ask ourselves: What is God doing with Israel today and why?

As we enter the twenty-first century, the State of Israel has now been gathered by the mighty right hand of God and flourishes as the only democratic society in the Middle East. How are we to treat the promises of God toward Israel and the Jewish people? Some teach that God has replaced Israel. This is an anti-Semitic theology that refuses to believe God still has a place in His heart for Israel and the Jewish people. Something that has been replaced vanishes and is no longer heard of. It becomes extinct, just as Sodom and Gomorrah are eternally buried. How can something that’s been replaced be functioning with such dynamic force and vitality? The nation of Israel dominates the news.

After accepting Romans 9-11 as stand-alone document, I therefore, choose to interpret this theological document respecting the primary principles of hermeneutics, which is the science of interpreting Scripture. To do so we must address these things:

  1. Who wrote this document?
  2. To whom was it written?
  3. For what purpose was the document written?
  4. All scripture is to be interpreted by other scripture to avoid human error.

We are getting ready to take a swim in an extremely swift theological stream. What is presented here cannot be my opinion – it must be that yea and amen of the sacred Word of God.

The answers 1,2, and 3 are as follows: The Book of Romans was written by Paul to the Christians in Rome to explain God’s position on the Jewish people (Rom. 11:1, 11) and God’s plan of salvation for Israel (v. 26).

On point number four to show that Paul was speaking about the Jewish people: Romans 9:1-4, “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart for the Jewish people.”

The patriarchs of Israel are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God used them to found the nation of Israel and to birth the Jewish people, who became the apple of God’s eye. (See Deuteronomy 32:10). The Jews have blessed the nations of the world from Genesis 12 until this day, and they will continue to do so until Messiah comes.

Why are the Jewish people loved permanently by God? Not just because “God is love” (1 John 4:8). They are loved “for the patriarchs” sake. God made promises to Abraham, Isaac. And Jacob concerning the future of Israel and the Jewish people, and God will keep those promises. “It is impossible for God to lie” (Heb. 6:18).

Rev. Dan Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church of Warsaw and the Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.

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