Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

God has mercy and hardens whom He desires.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Note that the function of God does not rob man of his free will; he is still a creature of self-determination.

The opposition of mankind to God becomes a monument to the power of God.

God permitted Adam’s sin in order that He might present to the world the redeemer of mankind in the person of Christ - His work on the cross in receiving the imputation of our sins.

God permits the worst so that the best can come from it - which means the plan of God continues whether it is a negative period of history or a positive period of history.

“All good originates from God; all evil originates from the creature … election originates in the free grace of God; reprobation originates in the free will of man. To God belongs the whole glory of salvation of the elect; to God belongs the whole responsibility of the ruin of the reprobate.”

1 Tim 2:3-4
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

The highest freedom of man is the utilization of the grace of God to completely triumph over evil.

Election demands adoption, therefore Paul’s great burden for Israel. The Jews do not inherit from God through natural birth even though they are the legitimate sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

We must ever take the humble position before God, and understand that our own will is not the best thing for us if there is in that will any deviation from the perfect will of God.

Ps 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

The verse begins with the combination of two inferential particles, ara and oun = “Consequently therefore.” A major conclusion from the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart.

God’s mercy has been since the beginning and now it is emphasized as a present reality. Mercy has always existed and it always will exist.

“Consequently therefore, He always has mercy on whom He desires”. God produces the desire and the mercy.

God desires to show mercy to those believers who appropriate grace blessing through non-meritorious perception and the accumulation of doctrine in the soul.

To those, like Cain, who tried to have a relationship with God from his own fruit possesses man’s righteousness, which to God in ISA 64:6 are filthy rags.

To those, like Able who believed in the gospel, possess the righteousness of God and therefore become compatible with the perfect integrity of God and qualify, under God’s Justice, to be recipients of God’s plan of grace. These are the “on whom” God desires to show mercy.

God in grace has found a way to take to take the life of man that can do nothing, and from His omniscience in eternity past related positive volition to the function of His grace.

Simply, He found a way for your choices to appropriate grace and mercy from Him. Find that way, and you’ll find His grace and mercy.

JER 29:13
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

John 7:33-34
Jesus therefore said, "For a little while longer I am with you, then I go to Him who sent Me. "You shall seek Me, and shall not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come."

Judg 13:17-18
And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, "What is your name, so that when your words come to pass, we may honor you?" 18 But the angel of the Lord said to him, "Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?"

ISA 9:6
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Those who find Him through PVTD are the “on whom” He desires to show mercy.

He knew their cases in eternity past, therefore knowing all of these things He is qualified to have mercy

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