READ
Romans 9:1-16

9 I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.

It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”

10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

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.

 
THINK
  • Did all of Abraham’s descendants inherit the promise?
  • What does God’s granting mercy depend/not depend on?
  • Do I think that my salvation completely rests on God?
  • How can salvation that depends only on God be good?
 
PRAY
  • Thank God for redeeming you from sin when you were helpless
  • Ask God to heal the homeless, sick and depressed; that God will use you to demonstrate his love to them
     
PRACTISE
Today’s article comes from Crossway: 5 Myths About Hell. A sobering reminder of the realities of hell. A place of people eternally under God’s wrath, let us turn from our sin and seek mercy from our God!

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