Romans 9:22 A hypothetical What If? At the end of this discussion Pastor Sturms hinted against leaving comments to try to untangle this paradox, [especially not from a Grand Rapids mailman :)}and Sean "don't tell us to read some author." Well, you dear brothers are provocative. I won't tell you to read authors, I will just say that no solid Roman commentary holds the What If as a hypothetical. Not Haldane, or Hodge: Lloyd-
Jones, John Murray, John Brown, thought Paul was speaking hypothetically. VS 20 says, who art thou that repliest, and verse 22 says WHAT IF God, or SO what if God? He is God, He has sovereignty over - not just clay, but guilty clay. It is a continuation of the previous rebuke in vs. 20. The 1689 confession answers the rest of the perplexity. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels are predestinated, or foreordained to eternal life through Jesus Christ, to the praise of his glorious grace; others being left to act in their sin to their just condemnation, to the praise of his glorious justice.
( 1 Timothy 5:21; Matthew 25:34; Ephesians 1:5, 6; Romans 9:22, 23; Jude 4 )
4.______These angels and men thus predestinated and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or
Ian Migala (3/10/2013)
from Minneapolis, Minnesota
I'm hanging on the next discussion! One thing that keeps echoing in my mind is that Paul didn't rest in election: as the group said again and again, he wasn't a hyper-Calvinist. Imagine the unique pressure election gave Paul: he knew the elect were out there but, in his day, who else would get them the word? Today, we can grow lax in thinking that "someone else will do it". Yet the present issue of Paul's hindrance remains a puzzler. Did God hinder Paul with the Jews to show Paul something? Did he do it to show the Jews something? Did he do it to show US something?
Walter Holt (3/9/2013)
from Fayetteville, NC
Love the examination of the Scripture Thank you for the thoughtful and respectful discussion.
Pastor Sean Harris has been the Senior Pastor for Berean Baptist Church and Academy in Fayetteville, NC since 2006. He served as a member, lay teacher and deacon at Berean from 1987 until he became the Senior Pastor. As the Senior Pastor, he oversees Bereanâ€™s ministry to over 1000...