READ
Romans 9:14-29

14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15 For he says to Moses,

“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
    and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

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? 25 As he says in Hosea:

“I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
    and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”

26 and,

“In the very place where it was said to them,
    ‘You are not my people,’
    there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”

27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:

“Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
    only the remnant will be saved.
28 For the Lord will carry out
    his sentence on earth with speed and finality.”

29 It is just as Isaiah said previously:

“Unless the Lord Almighty
    had left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom,
    we would have been like Gomorrah.”

 
THINK
  • What objection does Paul anticipate in verse 14? How does he answer it?
  • How does the analogy in verses 20-21 explain God?
  • Who is sovereign and perfect: God or me?
  • What attitude should I have towards God because of his sovereign salvation?
 
PRAY
  • Praise God for his sovereignty
  • Pray that the St Matt’s Kids and Youth leaders would be effective gospel ministers
     
PRACTISE
Today’s article comes from The Gospel Coalition: How Romans 8 Made Me A Calvinist. This article is about God’s guarantee to the people he has called. He will work all things for their good, glorifying them on the last day.

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LISTEN
Today’s podcast, What Is Calvinism?, comes from Ask Pastor John. In this podcast, John Piper gives a brief introduction into reformed theology.

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