His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 4
Does this choosing by God mean that God is unrighteous? No! Romans 9:14-18
Does this choosing mean that God is unrighteous? Definitely not. The fact is that God is showing mercy. God said this to Moses: “I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy.” No one deserves mercy! So if nobody deserves it, God can surely show mercy however He wishes!
It is not like some people earned God’s blessing, and God treated them unjustly by not giving them what they deserved. Instead, the actual situation is that everyone earned judgment, but God has acted in mercy in His calling some.
So, if mercy is God’s choice, should He still find fault with men? Romans 9:19-29
Perhaps you are thinking to ask why God finds any fault with men then? We need to be careful in our thinking that we do not set ourselves up as being on the same level as God. We need to be careful that we do not think God answers to us! Who am I to tell God he is not allowed to take a certain action?
If the whole of mankind deserves wrath, how wonderful that God has taken some out in mercy! God does not owe mankind anything! We who are saved are just vessels of mercy.
This mercy is how he is relating to both Jews and Gentiles. Gentiles are the nations of the world. Today God is calling out people from the nations all over the world by the gospel. They once had no part in God’s purposes, yet now in mercy God has made them part of His special people.
The nation of Israel has rejected God, and yet God is even saving some out of Israel today. Though Israel deserves to be entirely destroyed, yet God is acting in mercy to save some out of Israel despite themselves. A remnant of Israel is being saved today – a small remaining part of the whole nation.
We need to talk more about why Israel is where they are today, and what God’s plans are for Israel.
Continued in His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 5
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Digital Sojourner would like to thank Bruce for his helpful teaching on the book of Romans. Romans 9 is a challenging portion of Scripture– over the centuries godly Christians have disagreed regarding its proper interpretation. While all of the site’s contributors agree with Digital Sojourner’s statement of faith, each author expresses his own views and opinions. As always, your comments written in the spirit of Romans 12:10 are welcome.