Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Romans Chapter 9
Metaphysically Interpreting Romans 9:1-18
9:1I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing witness with me in the Holy Spirit, 9:2that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart. 9:3For I could wish that I myself were anathema from Christ for my brethren's sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 9:4who are Israelites; whose is the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 9:5whose are the fathers, and of whom is Christ as concerning the flesh, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
9:6But it is not as though the word of God hath come to nought. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel: 9:7neither, because they are Abraham's seed, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 9:8That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed. 9:9For this is a word of promise, According to this season will I come, and Sarah shall have a son. 9:10And not only so; but Rebecca also having conceived by one, even by our father Isaac-- 9:11for the children being not yet born, neither having done anything good or bad, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth, 9:12it was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 9:13Even as it is written,
9:16So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that hath mercy. 9:17For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, For this very purpose did I raise thee up, that I might show in thee my power, and that my name might be published abroad in all the earth. 9:18So then he hath mercy on whom he will, and whom he will be hardeneth.
November 15, 1936: Romans 9:1-5
When we enter into spiritual consciousness, do we find that all our former religious beliefs and prejudices are at once transformed? In spiritual consciousness we, either surrender our “conscious prejudices and narrow religious beliefs, or we allow them to be transformed. Our subconscious beliefs and prejudices take longer to reach and influence.
As we become assured of God as our sufficient strength at all times, we pass from a state of fear to a consciousness of impregnable strength. Paul was taken from the turmoil of the street into the quiet order of the castle. With God as our unfailing support, we can speak the Truth without fear and with calm conviction. “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing witness with me in the Holy Spirit.”
Although spiritual consciousness brings us into a realization of strength and power, it does not at once transform our fixed religious beliefs and prejudices of long standing. Established as, these are in the subconsciousness, they emerge again and again to be dealt with by us in our overcoming. We desire to keep our sense of reverence and awe and to capture again the inspiration that was ours when we embraced our childhood faith. All these “Israelites” we bring in time, into the security of the Christ Spirit.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 10-29-2013