About a year ago I was in a Bible study going through the book of Romans. As we reached chapter eight the topic of predestination came up. I love to ask questions. Yes – I love to ask questions because it makes people think, allows me to understand how they think by their answer, and it is entertaining to me. And yes I know this last one isn’t a good Christian attitude to have but it is the truth.
So the next week we continued on into chapter eight and the week after we hit chapter nine. For the first eight chapters we had meticulously discussed each verse or a group of verses – bar none. But this did not happen with chapter nine. This sounds a bit harsh but it seems that this teacher did not want to discuss the truths of Romans 9 because they did not align with his beliefs. Nor could he make them align with his beliefs so he skipped the verses that he did not like. I have not been able to return to this Bible study since then. I also lost confidence and respect for this man.
There was another man that came to visit me a few times to study God’s Word. He also took on the task of teaching Ephesians 1 and 2 and Romans 9. While his arguments regarding Ephesians 1 and 2 were plausible, his Romans 9 arguments did not hold with me at all because of verse 14. But I did not lose confidence or respect for him because he took on the challenge.
Romans 9:14 – What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not!
After the Apostle Paul tells us that God’s purpose in election would stand, not by works but by his calling (Romans 9:11), he defends the point by asking if there is injustice with God. And he answers it – absolutely not! Is this a hard truth to accept? It was a hard truth for me but I accept it because it is what God teaches in His Word.
I guess it comes down to the word – grace.