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1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness
in the Holy Ghost,
2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
3 For I could wish that myself were accursed doomed, forfeited,
exterminable, dedicated to utter destruction from Christ for instead of my
brethren because of their rejection of the Messiah, my kinsmen the Jews
according to the flesh.
4 Who are Israelites Jacob’s physical descendants; to whom pertaineth the
adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and
the service of God, and the promises;
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh by physical
birth Christ came, who is over all the Lord Almighty, the Most High God
blessed for ever. Amen.
6 It’s not as though the word of God hath taken none effect become
inefficient, failed to be shown true. For they are not all spiritual Israel,
those who believe in and worship the Father, which are of Israel the
physical descendants of Jacob:
7 Neither, because they are the seed physical descendants of Abraham
for example Ishmael and his seed, are they all children of God: but, In
Isaac shall thy seed true children of God be called. This calling is not
an irresistible divine summoning of the “elect”, but is the “naming” a
people to identify them as the children of God through the promise.
8 That is, they which are the children of the flesh physical descendants,
these are not the genuine children of God: but the children of the
promise those Israelites who believe are counted for the seed the true
children of God. So the covenantal blessing is not inherent in physical
(fleshy) descent from Abraham.
9 For this is the word of promise pledge, assurance: At this time within
a year will I come, and Sara shall have birthed a son Gen 18:14; 21:2.
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even
by our father Isaac Gen 25:21;
11 (For the children the two nations - “children” was erroneously and
inaccurately added and is not in the original text: Gen 25:23; Ga 4:22,
23; 1Ch 16:24 vs 1Pe 2:9 being not yet born brought forth, neither having
done any good or evil, that the purpose intentions of God according to
election selection, choosing might stand continue, endure, not of works
action, effort or deed of either of these two nations at this time to warrant
or not warrant preference, but of him the Lord that calleth bids and gives
command. This election has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with
individual people, and has UTTERLY NAUGHT to do with salvation or
damnation or eternal fate. God, by His supreme, divine prerogative,
merely chose to reverse the privilege and position of the heir.
12 It was said unto her Rebekah, The elder the Edomites, representative of the
children of the flesh shall serve be in bondage to, be slaves of the younger the
Israelites, representative of the children of promise through faith Gen 25:23.
** Gen 25:23 says two “nations”, not “persons”; “two manner of people”
were in Rebekah’s womb. God shows us from the beginning He’s not referring
to individuals, but to a group, a plurality of people - two nationalities.
** If God was referring to the brothers individually, this scripture would be
false: Esau never served his younger brother, Jacob. However, the descendants
of Esau, the nation of the Edomites did serve the descendants of Jacob, the
nation of Israel for over two hundred years - 2Sa 8:14; 2Ch 21:5, 8.
** Moreover, the Bible never tells us that Esau the man was impoverished,
telling us rather the converse Gen 33:8-11; but it does say that the Edomites
were impoverished in their heritage and history Mal 1:4.
** Esau the man did not have “his heritage laid waste”, else there would
never have been an Edomite nation at all, because his immediate
descendants (heritage) would have died off and become extinct as a people.
** “Serving” has nothing to do with salvation or everlasting fate.
** Why would God tell a mother-to-be, who is about to experience one of
the two greatest and most blessed events of her life, that the fruit of her
womb has been sentenced to an eternity in hell? What kind of god is that?
** Paul explicitly uses the exact same analogy with the figures of Isaac and
Ishmael in Galatians 4:21-31 to convey the two covenants, and the
members thereof: the children of the bondwoman (unbelievers) versus the
children of the freewoman (believers).
** Concerning God’s creation, “elect” or “election” always refers to a
corporate body, a group of people, and never to individuals.
** This corporate body alone gives the believer (individual) his identity
through which he is named (called) Ge 21:12; Is 62:12; Mt 1:21 –
the Jacob of verse 13.
** The contrast being given isn't meant to reflect the difference between Joe
Elect and Joe Reprobate, but between the disobedient children of wrath Eph
2:3 and the true Israel of God Ga 6:16, spiritual Israel, (today represented
by the Church), which illustrates God's choosing of those who choose to
walk by faith over those who reject God and refuse to walk by faith.
So Paul shows that being chosen unto righteousness has nothing to do with
who one is descended from, but as God will reveal, by resting in His perfect
plan of salvation, by following in Abraham's footsteps of faith.
What God has really said in these last two verses is this: I have sovereignly
determined and predestined to withhold My mercy from the posterity of Esau (the
faithless faction representative of all unbelievers throughout history), and also
cause them to eventually come under the yoke and servitude of the posterity of their
relative Jacob (the faithful faction representative of all believers throughout
history), upon whom I bestow my mercy: this I have enacted since the foundation of
the world Eph 3:9. And this mercy is epitomized this way: I impart righteousness
and covenant blessing to those who believe in and live for Me by faith.
God’s choice was not whimsical or arbitrary, because God always does things
according to his perfect, holy character Ac 10:34, Is 45:21. Even though He did
not have to, God reveals His reason to us De 29:29 and shows that it is based on
His foreknowledge of the type of people the Edomites would be – profane, evil
idolaters, just like their father Esau Heb 12:16. This is denoted by the phrase
“manner of people”, signifying the unmistakable and marked distinction between
the sons of God (Israel) and the sons of Satan (Edom) 2Co 4:4.
Esau, who could not have cared less about his birthright, and who was the
manifest representative of his descendants, was rejected simply and solely
because of his unbelief. The Edomites never served God, but in fact were
evil Mal 1:4, and were for centuries hostile and opposed toward Him and
his people, Nu 20:14-21, Ps 137:7, Amos 1:11.
In like manner, God tells us that He foreknew Abraham Gen 18:19. In
fact, this verb “know” has the exact same meaning as the “know” of
“foreknow” in Ro 8:29 and 11:2, and can accurately be translated as
“For I have already known Abraham, that he will command his children
and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to
do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that
which he hath spoken of him.”
This is precisely why God, by His mercy, elected (predestined) him to be the
Father of Faith – He already knew, even before Abraham was born, that
Abraham would obey and follow Him. And He does the same in
predestinating (electing) the overcoming believer to three specific things:
1) conformity to the image of Jesus, Ro 8:29;
2) adoption as children into the family of God, Eph 1:5; and
3) an inheritance in Jesus to the praise of His glory,
Eph 1:11, 12
Because the subjects and objects in these three passages are ONLY those
who are being saved (believers), these three things are what God has
predestined prepared, pre-decreed, pre-determined, pre-appointed and pre-
ordained for those who have already accepted the gospel of Jesus, and not
at all apply to those who have not accepted Him – all unbelievers.
Election is not selecting a certain privileged few to salvation, but concerns
God's appointment of the already believing ecclesia to everlasting privilege
and glory. This is precisely why predestination has NOTHING AT ALL to do
with the eternal destiny of the unsaved: predestination refers only to those
who are already Christians, foreknown by the Lord, who continue to abide in
the vine, Jesus Himself, Jo 15:4-6. It is God’s own good pleasure, after the
counsel of His will Isa 46:10, based on His foreknowledge 1Pe 1:2, to do this
to those who continue to trust in Him.
And concerning foreknowledge, doesn’t God foreknow all men? Of course He
does! So why use “foreknow” at all in any of these scriptures: Ac 2:23; Ro
8:29; 11:2; 1Pe 1:2, 20 when everything and everyone is foreknown by God?
There must be a reason He uses this term in these scriptures, for He
foreknows all, not just what is referred to in these passages. The reason He
uses this term is because God is differentiating between those who He knows
will follow Him by worshiping Him in spirit and truth, from those He knows
will follow and serve the Adversary. Because of His omniscience, He knows
the end from the beginning Isa 46: 9, 10.
So then, predestination is not arbitrary or capricious - God selecting a certain group
of people and not selecting others, but predestination is based on God’s
foreknowledge of the future and His knowledge of the hearts of men (see Chapter
Eight exposition for more detail on this). So the scriptural teaching is that election
indicates that the choice of to whom God shows His mercy is not at all based upon:
* adherence to the works of the Mosaic law 2Ti 1:9; Tit 3:5;
* or anything man can formulate or conjure up by his own mental wisdom 1Co 1:21;
* or what he can physically do to please or be right with God Ro 9:16;
* or God being partial to a certain subset of mankind Ac 10:34, 35.
But the choice of to whom God shows His mercy is based solely on a man believing
and receiving Mt 13:23 the gospel and becoming a part of the family of God,
entitling him to all the benefits and promises available to all believers through the
Abrahamic covenant Ge 17:7, Ac 3:25.
13 And as confirmation of this, as it is written Mal 1: 2-3, Jacob (representative of
all believers, those who honor God) have I loved assented to, have affection for,
considered a friend, given headship and the covenant to, but Esau (representative
of all unbelievers, those who oppose and dishonor God) have I hated detested,
considered an enemy, rejected. Because God foreknew the nation that would serve
Him, (the second born, Israel), and also the nation that would abhor Him (Esau),
on Israel he has bestowed the right of the firstborn De 21:15-17. Because of His
sovereignty, this was His privilege to do so. He could have caused Jacob to be
born first, but He wanted to show that He has the right of election because of His
omniscience as the Potter (Creator).
Notice, God does not say (or imply) “Jacob I am bringing to heaven, and Esau I
am sending to hell.” No, He clearly states that He is ONLY favoring Jacob over
Esau concerning headship (servitude) and all that headship entails. This also
happened with Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh Ge 48:13-19. This
scripture is further exemplified by the fact that God “laid Edom’s mountains and
heritage waste" while He protected and preserved Israel from such devastation .
In addition, it would be inconsistent (to say the least!) with justice, equity and the
character of God Ez 18:25 for Him to confer special privileges in such an
inequitable fashion on those who are in identical circumstances.
With Esau, eating something he desired at the moment (terrestrial) meant more to
him than the infinitely more esteemed and valuable gift of God (supernatural) Lu
12:24. The things that he valued were those he could have immediately – earthy,
carnal - just like unbelieving Israel De 32:20, but unlike the great example of Moses
Heb 11:24-26. Notice Genisis 25:32, 34. Despise is a particularly strong word,
meaning to be scornful of or to treat with contempt. Now note Hebrews 12:16: ". . .
lest there be any fornicator or profane heathenish, wicked, (irreverent toward what
is sacred) person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright." Esau
further demonstrates this intransigent carnality in his thinking in his choice of wives
Ge 26:34-35. He is unconcerned about God, the things of God, and the will of God -
just like his descendants would be: hence, just like Loruhamah Hos 1:6, he had not
As Paul stated “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there
is neither male nor female.” So at it’s essence, this scripture denotes and signifies
the two categories (manner Ge 25:23) of men, which actually inhabit the earth:
the saints and the sinners – the righteous and the wicked.
It is critical to note that this quote was not written at the same time as that of verse
12, which is quoted from the book of Genesis, but this was written many years
later; for verse 13 is quoted from the book of Malachi - Mal 1:2, 3. There is almost
a fourteen hundred year interval between verses 12 and 13! So God saying He
loved Israel and He hated Esau is written in the last Old Testament book, after the
fact, toward the end of both nations having had national identities and histories,
whereas verse 12 is written before the fact. This means that election (selection),
which is according to God’s sovereignty, has nothing to do with and has no
applicability or relevance at all to God arbitrarily selecting one over the other.
God’s loving and hating is based on these nations’attitudes and comportment
toward Him! In other words, God electing is based on what God sovereignly
decided to do because of His foreknowledge, but God loving and hating is based
on what the nations have done throughout their chronicles. At various times in its
history, Israel as a whole (majority) worshipped and served the Lord, and even
when they did not serve Him, the remnant did. In contrast, Edom never served
God, but in fact were always evil.
14 So what shall can we possibly say murmur or complain or protest or
grumble or object or criticize or find fault then against God? In electing, or
loving, or hating, or granting/withholding mercy or anything else, is there
unrighteousness wrongfulness or injustice with God? Can we claim that God is
unfair or inequitable Ez 18:29? Absolutely not! God forbid. Not now or ever!
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy pity by revealing My goodness,
proclaiming My name, being gracious to and showing compassion on Ex
33:19, of My own good will, whom I will have mercy: those who, by faith, will
worship, serve and follow Me (all believers), and I will also have compassion
on whom I will have compassion - those exact same people I have mercy on. It
is by My criteria and solely by My choice, not man’s, to whom and how I
extend My goodness, welfare, favor, kindness, compassion and graciousness;
and as I have clearly, lucidly, repeatedly and emphatically specified and shown
– My mercy is granted to those who come to Me by faith, and faith alone,
through the finished work of My son on the cross Ha 2:4.
So, he that believeth on him is not condemned this is true, genuine and
authentic Election: but he that believeth not is condemned already and this is
true, genuine and authentic Reprobation, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God. Joh 3:18.
16 So then it the choice of who is chosen for the blessing (covenant) of
mercy, is not of him that now willeth
as Abraham willed Ishmael to be the heir Gen 17:18,
as Isaac willed Esau to have the birthright Gen 27:1-4,
as Moses willed to see God in His glory Exo 33:18,
as Samuel willed Eliab to be king 1Sa 16:6;
as Zebedee’s wife willed for her sons to have the place of honor next to
Jesus Mt 21:20, 21, etc.,
nor of him that now runneth PAP Gen 27:3; Zec 4:6; Ga 2:16; Jn 4:24,
but solely of God that chooses to now sheweth PAP mercy.
In essence, it is not of him who desires to (wills), neither of him who
actually does (works), but by the decision of the Lord alone. Man because
of Adam is not inclined to be saved Je 17:9; Ge 6:5. So God by His Spirit
initiates the work Jn 12:32, and then men either seek or reject His mercy.
17 Subject change: And now, For the first example of one from whom (because
of his unbelief and proud, hard heart) I withheld my mercy, the scripture God
saith unto Pharaoh who represents and embodies the fools Ps 53:14, the
children of the flesh and wrath, the unbelievers, the children of Satan who
refuse to honor and serve God Ex 5:2: Even for this same purpose have I
raised elected thee up to the height of eminence, that I might shew my power
in thee, and that not by condemning you and your people to eternal
damnation, but by humbling Egypt, the most glorious, resplendent, and
powerful nation in existence, and by breaking his power and bringing him to
his knees, my name might be declared and glorified throughout all the earth in
the most far-flung nations and remotest times through history.
I greatly desired that Pharaoh would fall on My stone Mt 21:42, 44 and repent
Ez 18:32, as I have foreknown Nineveh your successor will do Jon 3:1-10, Jer
18:7-8. But either way, whatever choice you would have made, whether you
repented (fell on this stone) Jon 3:5-10, or stayed your course (let the stone
fall on you), Exo 14:18, 31: I will be glorified and honored.
Pharaoh was not born for, but raised up, elected, for a particular
purpose Ecc 3:1, 17: not that he would be destroyed in hell, but that
God would show that Pharaoh’s power was inferior and subordinate to
His, and therefore his power would have to yield to God’s power,
bringing God glorification, either by
1) Egypt repenting as Nineveh did Jon 3:5, 6, or
2) Egypt being destroyed by not voluntarily yielding to Him.
The exact same thing that happened to Manasseh 2Ch 33:11-12 could
have easily happened to Pharaoh, but Pharaoh’s defiance and
opposition made it necessary for the latter: Egypt be destroyed, in order
to abase, lower and humble him, because he rejected God’s will, just as
Amon did 2Ch 33:21-23. The case of Pharaoh is just one example in the
Bible of the general principle on which God deals with all men.
Here again is a man, the mighty ruler of Egypt, not elected selected,
chosen to terrestrial or eternal destruction; but a man elected to a
particular position (king) for a particular purpose (God’s glorification).
God’s humbling came upon him because he kept resisting God, in spite of
all the opportunities he had to yield. Ne 9: 9, 10; Mt 23:12.
And one of the first things God tells Moses is, “I know he won’t let my
people go.” Well then, if “he won’t let My people go”, why does God have
to intervene and harden Pharaoh’s heart? If Pharaoh is, as
Augustinianism teaches, totally depraved, why would God have to
harden his heart? He wouldn’t! How is it possible that someone who is
already totally depraved, and inherently, persistently and interminably
resistant to God, which also connotes integrally, thoroughly and fully
hardened, become even more hardened? That’s just not possible.
For example, if someone is shouting as loud as he can, at the top of his
lungs, how can he shout any louder? He can’t. Or, if he’s soaking wet, how
can he get any wetter? Can’t happen!
18 Subject change: Therefore hath PAI he mercy on whom he will have PAI mercy
Jon 3:10, De 5:9-10 for he that humbleth himself shall be exalted and whom he
will PAI he hardeneth PAI indurates, makes inflexible, renders stubborn Exo 10:1,
for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased Lu 18:14. This is precisely
what happens to those who continually resist Him Pro 1:24-31; 1Sa 2:25, 34;
2Ch 36:15-17; Pro 29:1.
What is most crucial here is that, concerning the plagues, God hardened
Pharaoh’s heart only after Pharaoh rejected God’s commands, and at least seven
times hardened his own heart first. Pharaoh had ample knowledge, time and
opportunity to repent Ro 1:18-22, 28: He was admonished and warned many
times by Moses, but decided to exalt his own will over God’s.
Additionally, there is no example anywhere in the Bible where God hardens
someone’s heart before he first hardens his own heart.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me in your worldly wisdom, Why doth he yet
find PMI fault blame with Pharaoh or any of those other Jews who
didn’t obey Him? For who hath ever, or could have ever resisted PAI
stood against, opposed his God’s will in hardening people’s hearts who
refuse to serve Him?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest PMP contradicts, disputes
against God? Who do you think you are? This question should not even
be asked! De 32:4. Shall the thing formed FAI you or anyone else say to
him God the Potter that formed AAP it Gen 2:7, 8; De 32:9, 18; Isa
43:1, Why hast thou made AAI caused me the child of the flesh, the one
rebelling against You, to be thus: obdurate, stubborn and hardened?
21 Subject change: I answer with a self-explanatory question: Hath not
God the potter Isa 64:8 power authority, jurisdiction over the clay Israel
Ro 9:6, of the same lump of clay Is 40:15, 17 to make AAI one vessel
spiritual Israel, the children of promise unto honour valuable, esteemed
and precious, and another disbelieving Israel, the children of the
bondwoman Ga 4:30, the rebellious children of the flesh unto dishonour
indignity, reproach and disgrace Jer 18:9-10?
** And consider this – the purpose of the potter is to always make a
usable (honorable) vessel. Always! Therefore, what potter in his right
mind would make a vessel and then turn around and destroy it!?
None would do this because that makes no sense whatsoever!
** Also note that a marred spoiled, disfigured, corrupted, flawed (from the
original text in Jer 18:4) vessel is NEVER, EVER the goal of the potter – marring
is NOT the original intent or objective of the clay, but ONLY happens when
something goes wrong and not according to plan – an unintended, undeliberate
aberration occurs Jer 18:1-10; Isa 29:13-16. A potter never sets out to make a
dishonorable vessel or creation: so to become a marred (dishonorable) vessel is
not the Master Potter’s will for anyone! Rev 22:17, Isa 1:18, 2Pe 3:9.
** And God makes this fact absolutely, unquestionably and undeniably clear:
hell was never, ever intended as the final, eternal abode of men! Mt 25:41, as
opposed to Mt 25:34 where He specifically says heaven was created for that very
purpose. So if the creation of hell was for other beings, and not for men, it
logically, rationally and revelationarily follows that it is not God’s will that men
end up there! Jn 6:40. Here we have another critical, vital non-intentioned
outcome. This would be the only example in all of scripture where God would be
violating His own will – Him purposely and iniquitously reprobating men where
He does not want them to be!
So the teaching that God reprobates people to hell is another perversion of God’s
perfect plan of salvation for all of mankind Jn 3:16, 2Pe 3:9. This manmade
doctrine has no basis at all in truth.
** Further, concerning the reference here to Jer 18:1-17, God says clearly and
unambiguously that the vessel becomes dishonorable not by His choice or His doing,
but by the vessel’s choice and doing! God says, this vessel, on their own, by their free
will became “evil”, have done “a very horrible thing", "have forgotten me", "have
burned incense to worthless idols”, and “they have caused themselves to stumble in
their ways from the ancient paths.”
There is no difference between God reprobating and what God said about Israelitish
abortion – “neither came it into My mind, that they should do this abomination.”
It has never come into God’s mind that man be reprobated to hell – it is man’s corrupted
wisdom, through his own fallen, brutish mind, that would blame God for any of this
malevolence and foolishness as Augustinianism does.
** Further still, and of crucial importance, when the dishonorable vessel states “there
is no hope” any longer for us, God refutes, rebuts and repudiates that remark and says
that all the vessel need do is “return you now everyone from his evil way, and make your
ways and your doings good”, showing obviously again free will, that it’s man’s choice
to turn from his evil way, and if he does, God says
“I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them” - that evil being eventually
destroying them through allowing them to continue and persist as a dishonorable vessel.
** Additionally, when it comes to eternal judgment, God says a man will not be judged
for the sins of another (Adam), but for his owns sins Ex 18:20, 18:24.
** Re 4:11 says Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour
and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they
are and were created. So in this scripture, God says ALL people were
created for His pleasure.
However, He also says He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked:
Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?" says the
Lord God, "and not that he should turn from his ways and live?
Ez 18:23, and by that turning, not die in his sin Ez 18:26.
So if God allows some to go to hell because they cannot choose Him,
He contradicts Himself, because according to Augustinianism, He says
1) I’ve created all creatures for My pleasure, yet
2) I’m also purposely allowing the vast majority of those
creatures (who, by the way, have been made in My image),
to be wicked, evil people, having no choice whatsoever in the
matter, to end up in hell, which will bring Me eternal and
Is God a masochist? Is He double-minded? Why would God allow someone to
continue in wickedness, and that wicked person bring Him eternal displeasure?
How could, or why would, God purposely bring himself displeasure against
His own will?
As bad and wicked as humans are, they would never, ever do that to their own
children: SO WHY WOULD OUR IMPARTIAL, FAIR AND JUST GOD, WHO
IS LOVE EPITOMIZED, DO THAT TO HIS???
** In addition to all of this, if Augustinianism is true, how could a person
reprobated to hell “turn from his ways and live?” since God won’t allow him to
do so, and he has no power (free will) in himself to do so either? So even this
makes no sense.
22 What if God, while willing PAP to shew AMI indicate his wrath indignation,
vengeance and to make his power might known AAI declared, understood, endured AAI
with much longsuffering patience, forbearance the vessels people of wrath the Jewish
unbelievers fitted PerPP completed, framed to destruction perishing, perdition.
Why is God longsuffering? If these vessels are definitely going to hell, why the patience
and why give them time at all? Because God keeps demonstrating His power and wrath
through the despair and misery in the world as a type that they may be persuaded to
repent Ro 2:4-6. This scripture says the vessels “are being fitted”, not “have been fitted”
for destruction, and doesn’t say, as the next verse does, that God is doing the “fitting” –
there is no testimony about the modus of how these vessels became so “fitted”. The
evidence is that they are being fitted by their god and father Jn 8:44; not the true God
and Father 1Jn 5:20. They are allowing themselves to be fitted by continual, obstinate
refusal to heed the gospel Ps 31:9, 10, 12. The Greek word for “fitted” denotes
facilitating something already begun and underway, but incomplete and lacking, in order
to attain a thorough, complete and final outcome. The same word is used in Mt 4:21
(mending), 1Co 1:10 (be perfectly joined together), and Gal 6:1 (restore).
What is important to note is that this finalization (outcome) may or may not be attained,
because the verb form of “fitted” ONLY DENOTES THE PROCESS, NOT THE END
RESULT! The process may be altered or halted altogether - IT IS NOT A FAIT
ACCOMPLI BY ANY MEANS! Ro 11:25 (has happened 2PerAI). SO A VESSEL OF
WRATH MAY MODIFY ITS COURSE AND BECOME A VESSEL OF MERCY!!!
Ro 11:22, 23, 26 (will be saved FPI), 27. This is the goodness and patience of God!
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels people of
mercy the Jewish believers, which he had afore prior prepared made ready, ordained,
prepared before, fit up in advance unto glory. Notice the Holy Spirit purposely used
two different Greek verbs (fitted verse 22, and prepared, this verse), with two
different meanings, in these two verses pertaining to the vessels of honor and the
vessels of wrath. With one, the vessel of honor, God has done all the work in
preparing (predestinating) it for glory Eph 1:12 as it abides in Him Jn 15:4. But with
the other, the vessel of wrath, He is just facilitating it along (because He won’t
violate the will of the vessel) as it prepares itself for destruction through its hard,
resistant and impenitent heart. This is why God keeps prodding and persuading Ac
18:4, 28:23, 2Co 5:11 this vessel to repent Ro 10:1, 8-13; 11: 11, 12, 23; Acts 24:5,
28:23. The first (predestinating those abiding in the vine), is exclusively the
handiwork of God and is unchanging, but the second (resisting the gospel of
salvation) is under the control of the unbelieving individual, and can be altered.
** This raises another point. If God has selected a certain group to salvation, and they
have no choice in the matter, and they will definitely and automatically be saved by being
forced to come to Christ, why do they need at all to be persuaded to come to Christ?
That would be like me having a boat that’s sailing to Spain, and me urging, inducing and
persuading some people to come with me. But these people I have already planned to
overpower and kidnap to be forced to go on the boat anyway. So why would I need to
persuade them to go since they will already be forced to go, as Augustinianism espouses?
This too makes no sense.
** And another observation, because of a warped view of sovereignty. God being
sovereign doesn’t mean He controls everything – it simply means He has the absolute
authority and power to control everything.
God decided not which choice a man should make, but that he should be free to make it!
24 Subject change: And now, for a second example, even also us all
Jewish and Gentile believers, whom he hath called bid, gave
command, which shows that not of the Jews only God will save, but
also of the Gentiles God will save.
25 This parallels exactly as he saith also in Osee, I will call them my
people restored Israel Hos 2:16-19; Ro 11:23, 24 which were not my
people divorced Israel Je 3:8; and her beloved all believing Gentiles,
which was not beloved former unbelieving Gentiles. Just as the
divorced nation of Israel will be received and accepted by God, so too
will the believing Gentiles be received and accepted in the beloved
Eph 1:6, 7. Therefore, those which had no fellowship with God, will
be sanctified and be able to have fellowship with Him Acts 15:9.
26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto
them the Gentiles, Ye are not my people part of the family of God;
there shall they be called (named) the accepted and adopted Ro 11:17
children of the living God.
27 Subject change: Esaias 10:22 also crieth prophesized concerning
Israel, Though the number of the physical children of Israel the
“lump of clay” of verse 21 be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant
of those physical descendants shall be saved: and that remnant is
restored Israel, those who are the spiritual children of Abraham:
28 For he will finish bring to completion, fulfill the work of severing
and casting off Israel Ro 11:12, 25, 26, and cut it short execute it
speedily in righteousness justice and equity: because a short swift,
rapid work will the Lord make upon the earth land of Israel.
29 And as Esaias 10:22 said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had
left us Israel a seed remnant of believers, we would had been as
Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha Ge 19:24, 25, 28; De
29:23: hardened, rejected and destroyed.
30 What shall we say then? So what is the conclusion of all of this –
what does all of this mean? It means that the Gentiles, which
followed not after righteousness, have attained to obtained, found,
apprehended righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith
belief in the gospel, the only avenue to God, sanctification,
justification and glorification.
31 But unbelieving Israel, which followed after pursued the law the Old
Testament commandments of righteousness, hath not attained to the law
of righteousness justification, right standing with God.
32 Wherefore? Why? Because they sought it not by faith simple belief,
but as it were by the works toil, deeds of the law. For they stumbled were
tripped up Ro 7:5 at that stumblingstone 1Co 1:22, 23 of truth:
Salvation is of the promise through faith (simple continual belief).
33 As it is written Isa 8:14; 28:16, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone
and rock of offence snare, occasion to fall Lu 20:17, 18: and whosoever
any man who believeth on puts trust in, commits to him Jesus shall not be
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