CONTEXT: Matthew Henry comments; The rejection of the Jews is not universal. (1-10) God overruled their unbelief for making the Gentiles partakers of gospel privileges. (11-21) The Gentiles cautioned against pride and unbelief, The Jews shall be called as a nation, and brought into God’s visible covenant again. (22-32) A solemn adoring of the wisdom, goodness, and justice of God. (33-36)
Do you ever have doubts? Maybe about some big decision in life, should I/we buy this house, is it the right time to marry, or maybe even about your salvation? It is natural for man to doubt, that is why God left us His Holy Word to comfort and guide us. Paul in writing this chapter of the book of Romans set out to castaway all doubts from their minds (and ours).
Clearly our text for today is all about the nation of Israel (see chapters 9 and 10) and God’s plan and promises for them. Still we can apply it to our own lives in that God is sovereign and immutable (in full control and His character never changes) . We can rest in full assurance of our calling (God’s call to Salvation) that it is fully secure, a never to be revoked event. One of the great puritan’s said this:
When God calls a man, He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do, love one day, and hate another; or as princes, who make their subjects favourites, and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint; his condition admits of no alteration. God’s call is founded upon His decree, and His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out His people’s sins, but not their names. – Thomas Watson,
God’s free gift of Grace was paid for once and forever at Calvary, less Christ sacrifice was for not.