One of the subjects that is difficult for many to understand and accept is the sovereign choosing of God. If you struggle with this truth, you are not the first, and you are not alone. Paul had to help the believers in Rome with the same issue. Let me point out a few Scriptures to consider.
Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, understanding their struggle. Chapter 1:18 through 3:20 develops the conditions of man’s heart as foolish, impure, evil, self-seeking, unrighteous and with no fear of God. For God to extend mercy to anyone in the whole world is an act of undeserved favor, kindness and love. In addition to realizing our condition in sin without mercy, knowing that God is absolutely holy, pure and righteous means that our sin cannot continue with judgment.
Since we “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” to be made righteous is “by His grace as a gift” (3:23-24). Since this is a “gift,” there is “no injustice with God…for He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” (9:14-15). Salvation then depends on God and not human will or exertion (9:15-18). God's calling and His righteousness is based on faith for both Jews and Gentiles (see chapter 10).
If you are struggling with this concept of God’s sovereignty, I urge you to read the first eleven chapters of Romans and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and open your understanding. We will look at this principle again at another time.
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