Saturday, March 31, 2018

Romans 9 is Not about Mercy for a Preselected Few

Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered

“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Rom. 9:15)

Romans 9 is Not about Mercy for a Preselected Few

“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” (Psalm 86:5)

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isa. 55:7)

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)

Commentary: Paul quotes Exodus 33:18-19 where God reveals His character. Neither Paul nor Moses indicates that God limits His mercy to a select few based on a secret sovereign decree. God shows no favoritism (Acts 10:34) but shows mercy upon all who call on Him and turn away from sin. God commands all men to repent (Acts 17:30). Hence, Romans 9:15 is not teaching preselection of mercy or denial of it before birth. It teaches that God has the right to extend mercy to whoever He desires despite protests from those who believed that Israel alone was entitled to it. God has declared the conditions by which any man can partake of His mercy.

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