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May Jesus Christ be Praised - Part 1


The Profession of Praise


A brief outline of this wonderful epistle, up to this point where we are beginning today, would be as follows:

Chapters 1 & 2 - The sin of man.
Chapters 3 & 4 - The method of salvation
Chapter 5 - The security of believers
Chapter 6 - The holiness of believers
Chapter 7 - The liberty of believers
Chapter 8 - The Holy Spirit's confirmation
Chapter 9 - Israel's unbelief as a nation

V. 1 ** Now here in chapter ten, verse 1, who is Paul praying for and for what is he praying?

Paul offers a "prayer to God" for Israel that they may gain "salvation" through faith in Jesus Christ.
cf. Chapter 9, verses 30-33.

** What does Paul add that lets us know how passionately he is involved in prayer for the salvation of Israel?

"..my heart's desire.." This was not just a passing whim with Paul. All see Romans 9:1-5.
How passionately do you pray for the salvation of those around you who do not know Christ?

V. 2 ** To what is Paul willing to testify?

That Israel has a zeal for God! Paul uses [zelos] from the root word [zeo], which meant to boil or be hot, the word has been translated fury, jealousy and zeal.

** How did Paul know that about Israel?

He is an Israelite and his zeal made him want to kill Christians! cf. Philippians 3:5-6

** Well, since they were so excited about God, what was their problem?

Their enthusiasm was "not in accordance with knowledge". They are not unlike the weak, sinful women of 2Timothy 3:6-7 who are "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth". cf. 1Timothy 2:3-4 and 2Timothy 2:24-25

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