God has a Purpose for You!
Romans 9:19-24 (Pastor Heo)
19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? 22 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
God has absolute sovereignty.
Last week we saw that:
- God chose Isaac, not Ishmael.
- He chose Jacob, not Esau.
This is not a matter of the actions of the person, but a matter of the grace of God.
God’s sovereign will seems to create a problem.
- If God is sovereign, who can resist him?
- And if someone resists, what right has God to judge him?
- God had mercy on Moses, but condemned Pharaoh. Is this just?
- God elected Israel, but rejected Egypt. Is this just?
To this question, we must note three things. Let me go into detail about these THREE things next time.
So… during the next week, think and pray and meditate about these questions.
- God had mercy on Moses, condemned Pharaoh. Is this just?
- God elected Israel, rejected Egypt. Is this just?
These are very serious questions.
Let us pray.