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May Jesus Christ be Praised - Part 4

THE PROMISE OF PRAISE            Page 4

V.30 ** What kind of people were we once, prior to knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior?

We too were "disobedient to God". Remember how Paul described us earlier in this same letter? "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us". (Romans 5:8)

** In the infinite mind of God, why were we shown mercy?

Because of Israel's disobedience!

V.31 ** What characteristic of God did that manifest?

The fact that God shows mercy!

** If God was willing to show mercy to the Gentiles, did that exhaust His mercy?

God forbid! The disobedience of Israel was shown the same mercy of God as was our disobedience. Paul knew all to well that our God was a god of mercy. All see 2Corinthians 1:3 and 1Timothy 1:12-15

** Did you notice the timing of this mercy being given to all men who will repent?

"...because of the mercy shown to you [Gentiles] they also may now be shown mercy..." During the time of the gospel, going to all the world, mankind can receive the mercy of God!

V.32 ** So how much alike are we. What common factor does God see in all of our lives?

"For God has shut up all in disobedience..." cf. Romans 3:9, Galatians 3:22

** What common response to sin is God willing to offer anyone who will put their faith in Jesus Christ?

"...that He might show mercy to all".

** How would you describe the source for salvation to someone, is it based upon merit or mercy?

We all are clearly dependant upon the mercy of God, having no merit within ourselves.
cf.Psalm 14:1-3, Psalm 130:1-4 and Psalm 143:1-2

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