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Romans 9 [Read]
“It is not fair!” This is probably the most common reaction when people read Romans 9 the first time. It seems that God’s election is simply based on his personal preferences, and some perfectly nice people may just perish simply because God did not choose to save them. After all, God himself said “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion” (Rom 9:15). If that’s the case, “then why does God still blame us?” (9:19) It indeed sounds quite unfair.
To understand this, we need to go back to the time when God first uttered that seemingly unfair statement (Ex 33:19). The background was the golden calf episode. After God demonstrated his mighty power in Egypt and at Red Sea to bring his people out of oppression, then provided them with Manna and water, led them through the wilderness, and finally gave them the Ten Commandments, the Israelites blatantly violated the Law by making an idol for worship. Against such rebellious people, God extended his grace beyond the stipulation of the Law and continued to lead his people. Under such context, God said: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion”. It was meant to point out his special grace towards a group of people who deserved to be punished. “Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah” (Rom 9:29). In other words, total depravity of the human race, as demonstrated by Paul in Romans 1, is the background to understand God’s sovereignty of election in Romans 9.
In a way, it is really not fair for us to be saved by simply believing in Jesus Christ who died for us on the cross. After all, we did not do anything better than other people to deserve such enormous grace. Furthermore, sometimes we still sin after becoming a Christian. Why does God tolerate such behavior which is certainly not worthy of the grace we received? I really don’t have the answer, but I am just so glad that such unfairness is to my benefit, eternal benefit, so I don’t have to perish in eternity. And I pray that such unfairness can also fall unto those people I love but have not known Christ, so that one day they may also exclaim: “it is not fair!”
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