Those who were not my people I will call my people

You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’” Romans 9:19-26

One of the arguments against God is if He is all powerful than why doesn’t He just make us behave? After all, He has the powers to make us do good so why not just make us so we can only do good? In fact God could have chosen to make us so we were incapable of doing wrong. But in doing so He would take away from us the ability to chose, we would no longer have free will. God did not want to create robots blindly following their programming, He wanted beings able to have a relationship with Him, beings that would freely choose to follow Him. But being able to freely follow God also means being able to choose to not follow Him.

In the first century Jesus came to the Jews. He did many miracles including raising the dead. Finally He died on a cross and then was Himself raised from the dead. Many choose to follow Jesus, some before the crucifixion and other after. Many more chose to ignore the evidence right before their eyes and did not believe.  Jesus then sent Paul to the Gentiles to spread the Gospel. Again many believed but many chose not to believe. The Gentiles that chose to believe became God’s people and were adopted into His family.

Today 2,000 years later some chose to believe and many more choose not to believe, but to everyone who believes they become children of God. We are His children, we are His people.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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