God's Sovereignty and Man's Free Will, by David Pawson

 A look at God's sovereignty and man's free will from Romans 9, by David

*Romans chapter 9:*14What then shall we say? *Is God unjust? Not at all!* 15For
he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have
compassion on whom I have
] 16It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's
mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very
purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be
proclaimed in all the
] 18Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens
whom he wants to harden.

19One of you will say to me:* "Then why does God still blame us? For who
resists his will?" *20But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall
what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' "[
] 21Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay
some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

22What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore
with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23What
if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his
mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24even us, whom he also
called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25As he says in
Hosea: "I will call them 'my people' who are not my people; and I will call
her 'my loved one' who is not my loved
] 26and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to
them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'

27Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites
be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. 28For the Lord
will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and
]29It is just as Isaiah said previously: "Unless the Lord Almighty had
left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been
like Gomorrah."[l<>]