Now, to answer the above question, we began by looking at why the assertion was made by Apostle Paul in his epistle to the church in Rome.
History has it that the gentiles believers came under serious attack by the Jewish believers, saying the former are not God’s people because they do not observe their traditions, particularly the law of circumcision.
In putting up defence, Paul said, “Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the gentiles? Yes, of the gentiles also…which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.” Rom 3:29-30; 4:9-12; 10:12.
Truth be told, the Jewish believers perceived themselves as being special and superior to their gentiles counterparts because they are the descendants of Abraham. To cushion that haughtiness and pride, Paul unraveled the following revelations:
1. That being the descendants of Abraham doesn’t necessarily makes them God’s children, noting that the children of promise are counted for seed and not of the flesh, Rom 9:4-8.
2. That the election of God is not based on the system of nature like birth, wisdom, might or appearance, but solely by choice, citing His choice of Jacob, Rom 9:10-12.
We at LearnChrist concluded that the assertion, “God will have mercy on whom he will, whom he will, he hardened.”, Simply means God has the sovereign authority to determine who He chooses. He makes His choice by Himself without the influence of nature or men.
The God who choose the Jews can also choose the gentiles or any other people He desires. He says, “I will call them my people, which were not my people…” Rom 9:25-26.
Listen, the intent of that assertion was to dissuade the Jewish believers from undue discrimination against the gentiles believers and to make them understand that God reserve the sole authority to choose whoever He wants without fear or favor.
Suffice to say, the above assertion does not means there are people God will not have mercy on when they approach Him for it. We surely shall obtain mercy when we come boldly to the throne of grace, Heb 4:16. Jesus said, “he that cometh to me; I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37. So, if a man forsake his wicked ways and turn to God, the bible says “he will have mercy upon him.” Isaiah 55:7.
We therefore counsel that people are not to continue to live in sin because they have committed so much and think God will not have mercy on them. No matter how dark our past is, the door of mercy is always open unto us through Christ.
God bless your heart richly!
Host: Pastor Prevail & Becky Inegbenose