Vessels of God’s Mercy for His Glory

God’s merciful care brings us from a pitiful situation to New Jerusalem.

New JerusalemRomans 9:15-16 say, “For to Moses He says, ‘I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.’ So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.”

The next verse in Romans refers to Pharaoh, at the time of the exodus. This makes it clear that “him who wills” is a person like Pharaoh who makes his own decisions ignoring the Lord. And “him who runs” is a person like Pharaoh who thinks he is knowledgeable and capable to do things on his own.

In contrast, a person who cries out for mercy knows he has a need beyond his control or capability. Physical needs are obvious with a situation such as severe illness. However, spiritual needs might not be obvious, especially if our human situation is in good condition. If this is our case, we need mercy to see that we need mercy!

The Bible makes it clear that every human being needs mercy. Consider Romans:
• all were constituted sinners (5:19)
• death passed on to all men (5:12)
• all fall short of the glory of God (3:23)

We need mercy because of the negative effect of sin and death. We also need mercy because in ourselves we do not have the glory of God, an essential quality of New Jerusalem.

God’s intention is to “make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy” (Romans 9:23). Each of us is a vessel of mercy to be transformed to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). Together, all of us will be New Jerusalem, a corporate vessel radiating “the riches of His glory.”

Photo by Robert Kenton, courtesy of CSIRO Australia.

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  1. Edgar Hovhannisyan

     /  May 27, 2015

    Amen!

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