This Letter that I am writing today was given to me by meditating on the word of God (the bible). The book that I was meditating on is Romans, chapter nine. I must inform you that this is a lengthy letter. I genuinely believe it is a divine revelation from God.
In the book of Romans chapter 9:1-3 “I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me [enlightened and prompted] by the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For [if it were possible] I would wish that myself were accursed, [separated, banished] from Christ for the sake [of the salvation] of my brothers, my natural kinsmen,”
Paul has great sorrow in his heart for Israel. The pain that Paul is feeling runs so deep within that he wishes he was separated from Christ so that the people of Israel would be saved. You must understand the pain that Paul was feeling was like that of a heart in a deep depression.
In Romans 9:4-8 “who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, the glory ([a]Shekinah), the [special] covenants [with Abraham, Moses, and David], the giving of the Law, the [system of temple] worship, and the [original] promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to His natural descent, came the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), He who is exalted and supreme over all, God blessed forever. Amen. However, it is not as though God’s word has failed [coming to nothing]. For not, all who are descended from Israel (Jacob) are [the true] Israel, and they are not all the children of Abraham because they are his descendants [by blood], but [the promise was]: “Your descendants will be named through Isaac” [though Abraham had other sons]. That is, it is not the children of the body [Abraham’s natural descendants] who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are counted as [Abraham’s true] descendants.
Paul is having this deep sorrow for the Israelites to whom belongs the adoption as sons. Paul knows the power of being adopted as a son through the promise, not through the bloodline.
Adoption as sons is a HUGE Matter. You must understand the process of adoption in the Roman times. In the Roman and Greek times, when they would adopt someone, it’s not like today’s practice of adoptions. What the Roman and Greek would do is chose a SLAVE and select the SLAVE then that SLAVE is no longer a SLAVE but now a son. It doesn’t stop there, that is only the beginning. The adopted son immediately becomes an heir of all that belongs to the Mother and Father. The final thing you must know about the adoption process in Roman times is this, only the Wealthy and Influential people adopted. My heart leaped when I discovered this because in Romans 8 verse 16 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “[a]Abba! Father!” (AMP) Also, because it later says in Romans 8:17 that we are heirs of God and joint-heirs of Christ. I am excited when I write this because this is my identity; this is your identity and who wouldn’t humble themselves to a King who wants only the best for you. I have one more thing to share about this whole adoption as sons. In Psalm 24:1, The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, the world, and those who dwell in it. The thing that you must see that Paul is trying to get the people and us to understand is this. If God is the creator of the world, universe, and everything in the world, including you and me, this means I have access to everything God has created. The reason why I have access to it is that I have been adopted, and I am an heir; therefore, I have legal rights.
Reading further in Romans 9:9, “For this is what the promise said: “About this time [next year] I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” Paul is reminded of the promise that God spoke to Abraham of having a son. Also, Paul informs us that God’s words had not failed, and it so because of the promised son that was birth from Sarah (Abraham’s wife). Although Abraham had another son birth from another woman by the name of Hagar (Ishmael-son of Abraham), the promise was given to the son from Sarah’s womb, Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah. The descendants of the promise were to be named through Isaac. As I continued to meditate on the word of God, God’s sovereignty, and a spirit of humility hit me so hard; my eyes were opened to a new perspective of viewing my whole life. The only way I can explain it is this being grateful and thankful is not just a pleasurable thing to be or behavior to have; it instantly became embedded in my heart.
In Romans chapter 9:11-13 Paul is speaking about Jacob and Esau the sons of Rebekah; “And not only that, but this too: Rebekah conceived twin sons by one man [under the same circumstances], by our father Isaac; and though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything either good or bad so that God’s purpose [His choice, His election] would stand, not because of works [done by either child], but because of [the plan of] Him who calls them, it was said to her, “The older (Esau) will serve the younger (Jacob).” As it is written and forever remains written, “Jacob I loved (chose, protected, blessed), but Esau I hated (held in disregard compared to Jacob).”
Now, these scriptures I have read before, and yes, I did understand it on the surface, but when I begin to meditate on these scriptures, it was as though something broke, and I could see what was deeply embedded in the words.
The children Jacob and Esau had not yet done anything good or bad because they were still in their Mother’s womb. What hit me was this, the children were inside of their Mother’s womb, so they never had the chance to have faith or to believe anything, but the plan was already written for their lives. This revelation blew my mind. God, in His sovereignty, chose Jacob over Esau.
I am continuing to Romans 9:14-18. What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I have compassion.” So, then God’s choice is not dependent on human will, nor on human effort [the totality of human striving], but on God who shows mercy [to whomever He chooses—it is His sovereign gift]. For the scripture says to Pharaoh, “I raised you up for this very purpose, to display My power in [dealing with] you, and so that My name would be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then, He has mercy on whom He wills (chooses), and He hardens [the heart of] whom He wills.
Mercy is a gift from God. You must understand that God’s purpose for your life is written, and he knows the beginning and end of your life. I have not had the experience of being under the rulership of a Kingdom, so I must admit that there are some things I didn’t understand what it was to submit yourself to God. As I begin to read Romans nine, I realized to humble yourself is the highest form of submission to God. Humility says to God, I trust you. Also, to submit to God places a demand on God to protect you, provide for you, and sustain you.
In Romans 9:19-26. You will say to me then, “Why does He still blame me [for sinning]? For who [including myself] has [ever] resisted His will and purpose?” On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers [arrogantly] back to God and dares to defy Him? Will the thing which is formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does the potter not have the right over the clay, to make from the same lump [of clay] one object for honorable use [something beautiful or distinctive] and another for common use [something ordinary or menial]? What if God, although willing to show His [terrible] wrath and to make His power known, has tolerated with great patience the objects of His wrath [which are] prepared for destruction? And what if He has done so to make known the riches of His glory to the objects of His mercy, which He has prepared beforehand for glory, including us, whom He also called, not only from among the Jews but also from among the Gentiles? Just as He says in [the writings of the prophet] Hosea: “I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people, ‘And [I will call] her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’ “And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.”
Israel believed in their works instead of having faith in God.
The reason why Paul was in this deep depression for Israel is that it was set up for them to have this abundant life. Israel had a sense of entitlement instead of having faith in God, which leads to righteousness.
Finally, I know some may say like the above scripture says, how can God hold us accountable for the things we do and say? God opened my eyes to the beautiful revelation of what about the person or people you felt and society as deemed as unworthy of grace or mercy? What if it was already written for their life that they would mess up in a significant way so that God can display his glory? This way of thinking is what it means when it says in the bible, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Repent means to change your mind. In societies and cultures, we quickly adapt to what is socially accepted and have social norms based on the systems of this world. What it means “to be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,” is to look past what is socially accepted or the social norm in this world’s system and see what is socially accepted in the Kingdom of God’s system and apply that perspective to your life.
Father God, in the name of Jesus, the name that is above all names. Father, I honor you, and thank you for my very life. God, I say thank you for everything you have placed inside of my mind, body, and Spirit. Thank you for my perfect health. Father God bless every reader of this letter. God, may your face shine upon them. God help us to submit to you even the more so that you can display your glory in our lives. God give us your wisdom and teach us your ways. Father, as you instruct us to help us apply what you have shown us to our lives daily. Father, I thank you for your sovereignty towards me and everyone reading this letter. May this be the beginning of having a Kingdom of God Perspective in every part of our lives. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer in Jesus’ name Amen.