“Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
WHOOOAAAA God …hates???? That would be unjust!!
14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means!
This must be about something else not about God saving people…
15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
But I thought salvation was based upon my free will….
16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
But surely God has mercy on everyone right?
17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
Well if God is hardening people and saving people without regard to the person and based only on his own will, then it would be immoral of God to hold people accountable for their actions
19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?”
SEE!! I told you!!
*Note Paul does not retract his statement or say “No, No you have misunderstood me.”
20 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?” 21 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?
22 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, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—
This passage is amazingly clear that God is the initiator of salvation and HIS will is the decisive will in the salvation of individuals.
The Glory of this truth is that no matter how far you wandered from the Lord, no matter how deeply you have indulged sin God is able to rescue and redeem. And the corollary is no matter how good you imagine yourself to be or how much work you have done to reach God – your strivings are insufficient to move God towards you at all. NO!! If we are to be saved it is by free grace alone. God is the complete Savior or none at all.