Monday, 5 March 2018

Affirmation #214

  I am prepared beforehand for glory. Romans 9:23
  "And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory." NKJV
  This Scripture needs some context so I am going to add the previous section before this one.
  "When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn't he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into? In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who are destined for destruction. He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to  whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory." Romans 9:21-23 JCB

  I have read this passage many times in seeking to uncover the person God made me to be. How I read Scriptures has been altered a lot through my church's teachings so this is being viewed with fresh understanding and inspiration. In reading this passage, in every passage of the Good Book, I now ask myself, "How does this point to the love of God, and ultimately, Jesus?"
  How does God's anger towards His wayward children manifest itself as love? Parents can get angry at their children. Does this mean they love them less? Yet God, in His infinite love, is patient as we rebel against authority, as we thrash around doing things our way.
  There's a whack of difference between destiny and being predestined according to God's plan for our lives. Destiny unravels through our own choices and the consequences of those choices. The wonderful thing is by making different choices, the future changes.
  Which has me thinking...

  If God has predestined all of us to be His children prepared in advance for glory yet our choices destine us for destruction...It must make Him incredibly sad because this Master Potter has made all His vessels for decoration and honour and glory.

  I guess there is only one choice that really matters: whether or not to believe Jesus is our Redeemer.


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