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Salvation Depends on God's Mercy

Romans 9:16

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It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.

Romans 9:16 NIV

Salvation is not a matter of birthright; that my parents were saved does not get me a free pass into heaven. It does not come about because of great effort on my part; there is nothing I can do to earn salvation. And it is not the result of a dream fulfilled; no matter how much I might plead and beg, God is not obligated to me.

This reminds me of the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:9-14 who went up to the temple to pray. The Pharisee told God how great he was. And the tax collector pleaded for God’s mercy. The Pharisee was depending on human effort for his relationship with God. But the despised tax collector knew he deserved nothing and depended on God. The Pharisee received nothing from God. While the tax collector was justified.

His mercy is toward all people (Rom. 11:32). And his salvation is for all who call on him (Acts 2:21; Rom. 10:13). I am so thankful that the Lord was merciful to me, a sinner. And that he did for me what I could not do for myself.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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2 thoughts on “Salvation Depends on God’s Mercy – Romans 9:16”

  1. Amen! Nothing in me commends me to God. It is all of God, and all to the glory of God.

    Even my willingness to choose Christ I owe to him:

    for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
    (Philippians 2:13)

    • You seem to be of the Calvinistic persuasion, which I do not share. I do believe that God enables us to believe. And then leaves us the choice of accepting his offer of salvation, or rejecting it. But we do nothing for our salvation. It is all a work of God.


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