IS GOD FAIR?
Romans 9:10-15 (NIV)
“ 10 Not only that, but Rebekah's children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad---in order that God's purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls---she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 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.”
God is able to make a choice before good or evil comes into play so that God's decisions will be based solely on His own will and if on His own will then only God will have the power to save.
The purpose for which you have been created is not the same as what you think of yourself. What you think about yourself should not be mistaken for what God has said about you, which is contained in His purpose for your life.
Romans 9:16-24 (NIV)
“It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy. 17 For 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 earth.” 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. 19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' ” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? 22 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath---prepared for destruction? 23 What 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--- 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
“It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
It does not depend on your initial desire, as if to say you were the first to make the approach or come up with the idea of seeking God for mercy, but it was God who first approached us to show us His mercy.
Between God and us we were not the first to have the desire to have our sins taken away, but it was God who first had the desire to take our sins away.
“For 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 earth.”
What is the power of God?
The power of God is to save, to do that which no one else can do, which is to give eternal life. The power of God is His choice to save, that God alone holds the power of salvation.
Did Pharaoh get saved?
No, because even after Moses preached and performed all the miracles of God, which should have convicted and brought Pharaoh to repentance, pharaoh did not listen. Through Moses, what God was doing was being gracious to pharaoh, but Pharaoh did not listen.
If God wanted to destroy Pharaoh, there would have been no need for Moses to preach and perform the miracles of God to Pharaoh, but for every preaching and time given to Pharaoh to repent, God was giving Pharaoh the opportunity to repent. God demonstrated His power in the way He was patient with pharaoh. And it is by this patience towards pharaoh, and even towards us today, waiting for us to come to repentance that we know God's power.
“One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?”
This verse isn't using the sovereignty of God to dissuade us from questioning God, but rather puts the spotlight on the fact that we, as mere human beings, do not understand God i.e. we are not in His mind or thoughts to know what He has planned to be in a position to question Him.
Since we do not know the mind of God, we also do not know His intentions and plans, and if we do not know the purposes and the reasons for God's creation, then how can anyone say that what God is doing is right or wrong.
If we, not knowing the will God, should prematurely ask why does God still blame us, then that means we do not know or understand the will of God.
But through Jesus Christ, God has made His plans known to us who are formed and are being built in the mind of God through the body of Christ. These are those born of the Spirit of God, confirming what the scriptures say in John 3:6
and 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
A mere human being, which is someone chasing after the rewards and glory of this world couldn't at the same time hold onto the understanding given through the Spirit of God for us to know the will of God.
But those who believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour, are no longer considered as mere human beings, as illustrated in 1 Corinthians 3:3
So it becomes clear that the question of 'Why does God still blame us' is found on the lips and in the hearts of people who do not know the will of God for their lives.
“What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath---prepared for destruction?
So if someone might feel justified about the question in verse 19; that why does God blame us for being the way He made us, since no one can resist His will?
Then in verse 22, how does the person feel about God being patient towards the wicked or those in His wrath?
Surely, why does God who blames us, also waste time being patient with us?
Or for example: who would build a rain shelter for their torn, dirty, muddy shoes they intend to throw away?
If we are as wicked, deserving of punishment and destruction, and every moment we live is time spent on our wickedness, with every second counting; then what possible reason would God have to be patient with us?
Except that God is patient, gracious and merciful toward us because He loves us. 2 Peter 3:9
So how can we respond to God's patience, mercifulness and graciousness?
But God Himself has given us an acceptable way for us to respond through His Son Jesus Christ. Romans 12:1-2
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NIV)
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15
The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16
for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
John 6:63 (NIV)
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you---they are full of the Spirit and life.
Romans 5:5 (NIV)
And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
1 Corinthians 3:3-4 (NIV)
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4
For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
Romans 9:22-24 (NIV)
What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath---prepared for destruction? 23
What 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--- 24
even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.<
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God---this is your true and proper worship. 2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is---his good, pleasing and perfect will.