"From whom, according to the flesh, Christ came..."
Text: Romans 9:5
PAUL’S PERSONAL VIEW OF ISRAEL III
We take a third and last look at Paul’s view of Israel. After having established what he believed in, Paul went on to make the following conclusion.
“And from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came,
who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.”
1. The Doctrine of the Messiah
a) This was a doctrine that may be traced to the Scriptures.
i) This Messiah would be a prophet like Moses (Cf. Deuteronomy 18:18-19).
ii) This Messiah would give His life as atonement for sin (Cf. Isaiah 53).
iii) The Messiah would reign as King (Cf. Zechariah 9:9).
b) The Messiah would come
i) From Israel
ii) From the fathers
iii) According to the flesh (Cf. Romans 1:3)
2. The Identity of the Messiah
a) He would come in the flesh (not just a concept).
b) He is truly “Over all”.
i) By virtue of who He is,
ii) By virtue of what He has done,
c) He is also Divine
He is “the eternally blessed God!”
A DECLARATION THAT INCLUDED FAITH IN CHRIST
Paul had to add the last portion! He had to speak of the importance of Christ even if that meant risking being misunderstood by the Jews. Paul declared that he was both a good Jew and a good Christian. These two terms were not mutually exclusive.