It is not uncommon to hear people say that the grace of God is free, BUT… Those who say this do not know God or His grace. There are no conditions or limits to grace. Grace is free. Period. Grace has no but.
In this excerpt from my book, The Re-Justification of God, I show that it does not matter who hardened Pharaoh’s heart first, because the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart has nothing whatsoever to do with his eternal destiny.
Since many people think Paul is talking about who goes to heaven in Romans 9, they think it is unfair for God to force Pharaoh to go to hell against his will. This is not what Paul is teaching at all!
In my recently published book, The Re-Justification of God, I look at the difficult portion of Romans 9 where Paul says that God loved Jacob but hated Esau. How can we understand these words? Does God really love Jacob and hate Esau?
I look at the two main views of this question, and then propose a mediating third view. This post is simply a summary of the longer explanation in my book.
Since I am neither a Calvinist nor an Arminian, I want to offer my perspective on Romans 9 over the course of the next few posts so that people who are trying to understand what Paul is saying in Romans 9 about election, Esau, Pharaoh, and the potter and the clay.
Note that all of these posts are drawn from the longer explanation in my book The Re-Justification of God.
The Re-Justification of God is my new book. In it, I look at Romans 9:10-24 from a non-Calvinistic perspective.
This book is not really done, but is more of a summary or introduction to much longer and more exegetically-based book that I want to write in the future. Nevertheless, the main ideas are still here, and I invite and encourage your feedback and insight to help me expand upon this book in a future edition.
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Calvinist often like to equate their understanding of Scripture with God Himself. They do not seem to realize that their theology is an interpretation of Scripture, which is therefore open to discussion and debate.
Have you heard of the “Golden Chain of Salvation”? It is found in Romans 8:28-30, and indicates God’s plan from all eternity to bring those whom He has foreknown into the state of glorification with Him.
I like what the Golden Chain of Salvation teaches, but we must be careful to understand what it teaches and what it does not.
What are your thoughts on the ordo salutis debate from Romans 8:28-30? Are you familiar with it? What is your position? Do you have an opinion?
Does God know what will happen because he has determined and decreed that it will happen, or does God know what will happen because He looked forward in time to see what would happen and then decreed what He saw?