Appeal is often made to Romans 9 to explain and defend the doctrine of election. The traditional Reformed exegesis of Romans 9, however, is increasingly questioned today. Schreiner first wants to explain two of the objections to this exegesis, and then examines whether the objections are persuasive.
The doctrine of election is a source of comfort to believers, since believers can know that God has chosen them eternally in Christ. Believing in election does not, however, nullify the call to believe in Christ.