“For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”” – (Romans 9:15 NIV)
The apostle Paul addresses the issue of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility in the context of salvation. He begins by expressing his deep concern and sorrow for his fellow Israelites, who have not fully embraced the message of Jesus as the Messiah.
Paul explains that the promises and blessings given to the Israelites are significant and that God’s faithfulness to His covenant with them remains unchanged. However, he highlights that being physically descended from Abraham does not automatically guarantee salvation. True membership in God’s people is based on faith and personal relationship with Him.
God hardens the hearts of those who choose to harden their heart. Paul affirms that God desires the salvation of all people and extends His grace to everyone, but individuals must respond in faith to receive that grace.
Salvation is available to all who believe, regardless of their ethnic background or ancestry. God’s chosen people are those who put their faith in Jesus Christ, both from among the Jews and the Gentiles.
God is not exclusive or restrictive but rather expansive. God chooses to give mercy to people who we may not expect or consider deserving.
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