The Promise. Radical Grace from the Book of Romans (9:6-7)

The Promise. Radical Grace from the Book of Romans (9:6-7)


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"Don't suppose for a moment, though, that God's Word has malfunctioned in some way or other. The problem goes back a long way. From the outset, not all Israelites of the flesh were Israelites of the spirit. It wasn't Abraham's sperm that gave identity here, but God's promise. Remember how it was put: "Your family will be defined by Isaac" Romans 9:6-7 (MSG)

Our Heavenly Father's promise is always given to those who hunger for Him. Unfortunately, not everyone loves the light. Some adore darkness, even though this will never fulfill them. It's not our Father's fault; rather, it is our own fault that we prefer the ways of the evil one rather than the love of our Heavenly Father.

We have a choice to make: To believe God or believe the evil one. The promise can only occur through faith, through the influence of the Holy Spirit.

Let me illustrate this. A father promised to give his son a fancy car for his high school graduation, and when the boy had his high school diploma in hand, the father handed him the keys. The son took the car, and ignoring the traffic laws of the land, he proceeded to drive too fast, run red lights, ignore street signs, etc. It wasn't long before people would see his car and run!

Eventually the law caught up to him and the son ended up in trouble.

The father couldn't allow his son to continue in this manner, and he took the car away.

"But you promised I could have a car!" Yelled the son.

"Not if you are irresponsible. Did you follow in my steps ?"

"But "

"Did you?"

Our Heavenly Father loves us dearly. When I do something wrong, however, even though He still loves me, I displease Him. This makes me feel very bad. So much so that I wouldn't even want to try it again.

The promise is a responsibility to cherish, not to waste on frivolity.

Are we walking in the spirit?

Rob Chaffart

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