I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with The Glory about to be Revealed to us. For The Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of The Children Of GOD; for The Creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but By The Will Of The One Who Subjected it, in hope that The Creation itself Will Be Set Free from its bondage to decay and will obtain The Freedom Of The Glory Of The Children Of GOD. We know that The whole Creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only The Creation, but we ourselves, who have The First fruits Of The SPIRIT, groan inwardly while we wait for Adoption, the Redemption of our bodies. For in Hope we Were Saved. Now hope that is seen is not Hope; for who hopes for what is seen? But if we Hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with Patience.
Likewise, The SPIRIT Helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but That Very SPIRIT Intercedes With Sighs too deep for words. And GOD, Who Searches the heart, Knows what is The Mind Of The SPIRIT, because The SPIRIT Intercedes for The Saints according to The Will Of GOD.
We know that all things work together for good for those who Love GOD, who are Called according to His Purpose. For those whom He Foreknew He also Predestined to be Conformed To The Image of His Son, in order that He might be The Firstborn within a large Family. And those whom He Predestined, He also Called; and those whom He Called, He also Justified; and those whom He Justified, He also Glorified.
With Christ as my Witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and The HOLY SPIRIT confirm it. My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever Cursed — cut off from Christ! — if that would save them. They are the people of Israel, Chosen to be GOD’s Adopted children. GOD Revealed His Glory to them. He Made Covenants with them and Gave them His Law. He Gave them The Privilege of Worshiping Him and Receiving His Wonderful Promises. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are their ancestors, and Christ Himself was an Israelite as far as His Human Nature is concerned. And He Is GOD, The One Who Rules over everything And is Worthy of Eternal Praise! Amen.
… GOD Said to Moses,
“I Will Show Mercy to anyone I Choose, and I Will Show Compassion to anyone I Choose.”
So It Is GOD Who Decides To Show Mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it. For the Scriptures say that GOD Told Pharaoh,
“I Have Appointed you for the very Purpose of displaying My Power in you and To Spread My Fame throughout the earth.”
So you see, GOD Chooses To Show Mercy to some, and He Chooses To Harden the hearts of others so that they refuse to listen. Well then, you might say,
“Why does GOD Blame people for not responding? Haven’t they simply done what He Makes Them do?”
But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with GOD? Will what Is Molded say to The One Who Molds it,
“Why have You Made me like this?”
Has The Potter no right over the clay, To Make out of the same lump one object for Special Use and another for ordinary use? What if GOD, Desiring To Show His Wrath and To Make Known His Power, Has Endured With Much Patience the objects of wrath that are made for destruction; and what if He Has Done So In Order To Make Known The Riches Of His Glory for the objects of Mercy, which He Has Prepared beforehand for Glory — including us Whom He Has Called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?