The following is the twenty-third weekâ€™s lesson.Â Godâ€™s elect are saved; those who reject Godâ€™s grace are condemned.
Romans: 9:16Â So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17Â For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, â€œFor this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.â€ 18Â Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
19Â You will say to me then, â€œWhy does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?â€ 20Â But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, â€œWhy have you made me like this?â€ 21Â Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
22Â What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23Â and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, 24Â even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25Â As He says also in Hosea:
â€œI will call them My people, who were not My people,
And her beloved, who was not beloved.â€
26 â€œAnd it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,
â€˜You are not My people,â€™
There they shall be called sons of the living God.â€
27Â Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel:
â€œThough the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
The remnant will be saved
28 For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,
Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.â€
29Â And as Isaiah said before:
â€œUnless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed,
We would have become like Sodom,
And we would have been made like Gomorrah.â€
God uses those who reject him to further his kingdom among his elect.