Today’s Reading

Romans 9:1-18

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Who are Israelites; 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;

Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;

(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

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.

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

By Grace Alone

Does God choose some to be saved? According to today’s reading the answer is yes. Does that mean that God chooses some people to go to hell? According to this passage the answer is no. While this might seem to be a contradiction, this passage helps us understand election more clearly. Paul tells us that men come to Christ according to God’s purpose, not because of what they have done. He illustrates this truth with the life of Rebekah. Before the twins, Esau & Jacob, were even born and could do good or evil, God chose Jacob over Esau. Does that make God unjust? No. All men throughout all time deserve to go to hell. No one who goes to hell can say he deserved anything else. God has simply chosen to bestow mercy on some. We can accuse God of having selective mercy, but we can never accuse Him of being unfair because we all deserve hell. God wants those of us who have received Christ by faith to know we had nothing to do with our salvation. We should have hearts that are filled with humble gratitude for what God has given to us and serve Him with love and devotion every day of our lives. We have what we don’t deserve!

Today’s Questions

Say What?

Why do people have such a hard time grasping the idea election?

So What?

What impact does this truth have on how we view our salvation?

Now What?

How should you respond in light of the fact that God chose

Then What?

What personal commitment will you make based on today’s reading?