A Just God
Category : General
Romans 9: 15 (KJV)
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
It is said that salvation in its beginning, its progress, and its close, is of him. He has a right, therefore, to bestow it when and where he pleases. All our mercies flow from his mere love and compassion, and not from our deserts.
These words are said by God when He declared expressly that He would make all His goodness pass before Moses Exodus 33:19. It shows that God has a right to dispense His blessings as He pleases; for, after He had declared that He would spare the Jews of old, and continue them in the relation of His peculiar people, when they had deserved to have been cut off for their idolatry, He said: I will make all my goodness pass before thee; and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy; and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. As if He had said: I will make such a display of my perfections as shall convince you that My nature is kind and beneficent; but know, that I am a debtor to none of My creatures. My benefits and blessings are merely from My own good will: nor can any people, much less a rebellious people, challenge them as their due in justice or equity. And therefore, I now spare the Jews; not because either you, who intercede for them or they themselves have any claim upon My favor, but of My own free and sovereign grace I choose to show them mercy and compassion. I will give my salvation in My own way and on My own terms. He that believeth on my Son Jesus shall be saved; and he that believeth not shall be damned. This is God’s ultimate design; this purpose he will never change; and this he has fully declared in the everlasting Gospel. This is the grand Decree of re-probation and election.
Therefore, it was regarded, not as a proof of stern and inexorable justice, but as “the very proof of his benevolence,” and the highest which he thought proper to exhibit. When people, therefore, under the influence of an non-renewed and hos the heart, charge this as an unjust and arbitrary proceeding, they are resisting and perverting what God regards as the very demonstration of his benevolence. The sense of the passage clearly is, that he would choose the objects of his favor, and bestow his mercies as he chose. None of the human race deserved his favor; and he had a right to pardon whom he pleased, and to save people on his own terms, and according to his sovereign will and pleasure.
Someone may then question the morality of this, but the idea here is that as God is speaking of situations requiring mercy and compassion. He is not bound by any moral requirement. In the nature of the case no one can be seen as deserving of mercy and compassion. The whole point of mercy and compassion is that they override the demands of justice. The sum is, if God show mercy to some, and not to others, he cannot be accused of injustice, because he injures none; nor is he obliged or indebted to any.
Have a Great and God filled Day