Saturday, April 14, 2018

Romans 9 is Not a Denial of Free-Will

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 a Denial of Free-Will

“30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone” (Rom. 9:30-31)

“23 And they [Israel] also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.” (Rom. 11:23)

Commentary: The New Life Version says, “These good things from God are not given to someone because he wants them or works to get them. They are given because of His loving-kindness.” The passage is not denying freedom of choice but is stating that God’s gifts and callings for service are not based on human effort. Israel believed that their works earned them a place in God’s plan. They deceived themselves into believing that God was indebted to them. This is impossible since no one can earn God’s blessings (Rom. 4:1-6, 13-16; Eph. 2:8-9). The only way to enter into God’s plan is by faith in His mercy, a condition anyone can meet (Rom. 10:8-17). This is where Israel failed and the Gentiles succeeded.

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