We have had a great time discussing and learning from Romans over the last few months. We just finished studying through chapter 10. In Romans 9-10, Paul seems to be answering the question, “But why are the Jews rejecting the gospel?”
Obviously, all Jews did not reject the gospel – Paul was a Jew, for instance. But, many Jews not only rejected the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, they actively worked against this message.
So, why were the Jews (in general) rejecting the gospel?
In Romans 9-10, Paul offers at least three answers to this question:
1) God chooses who to save. (Romans 9:6-29)
2) The Jews do not trust (have faith in) Jesus Christ. (Romans 9:30-10:13)
3) The Roman Christians (and other Christians) are not proclaiming the gospel to them. (Romans 10:14-17)
I find it very interesting that Paul places the “responsibility” of the Jews’ salvation in God’s hands, the Jews’ own hands, and his readers’ hands. They are all responsible – in different ways, and it’s not helpful or complete to remove the responsibility from any of the three.
Also, it’s not helpful to see these three “answers” (or responsible parties) as working separately. Obviously, it all goes together: God choosing – People having faith – Believers proclaiming the gospel… they all go together.
I think this is a great pattern to remember when we’re thinking about salvation for anyone – either a large group of people (a “people group” for instance) or even for an individual.
So, I thought I would include you (my readers) in our discussion. Obviously – and unfortunately – you were not part of the actual discussion – either last week or the many weeks studying Romans leading up to this discussion. But, still, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
First, do you agree that Paul is giving these three answers to the question, “Why do the Jews generally reject the gospel?”
Second, do you agree that it’s beneficial to keep these three “answers” (or responsible parties) in mind when considering salvation today (either for large groups or individuals)?
Finally, do you think there are problems with focusing only on one or two of Paul’s “answers”? If so, what problems could arise from that?