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New Testament: Romans 9:1-24
Summary: God’s Sovereign Choice
For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. ~ Romans 9:15-16
Now many people struggle with the idea of the truth that God is absolutely sovereign. That is, that God is free to do whatever He wants, that God is free to determine all things according to His own pleasure. But that is exactly what the Scripture teaches. And rationalizing that away, or reasoning that away is sin. God is God and God does exactly what God wants to do. He is sovereign and that is to say He is the Most High, that is to say He is the absolute King, that is to say He is the ultimate authority doing His will in heaven and in earth. No one can prevent it and no one can argue with it.
~ John MacArthur
Freedom from the law! For 2,000 years, Paul’s letter to the Romans has proclaimed the news that every guilty person should long for. We don’t have to run from the law of God for the rest of our lives—hounded by the barking dogs of past sins. God offers freedom. He offers immunity. He offers pardon. And if He is for us, who can be against us?