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October 29, 2021 8:00 am
What happens when we harden our hearts to the gospel years, Adrian Rogers, God never made anybody to go to Hill God wants people say he wants you say that if you are in your heart got me hard and it also. The Bible speaks of those who are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. God does not create a man in order to damn him welcome to love line through the real truth never changes from Adrian Rogers. There are three things we need to know about the character and nature of God, bring our theology into sharp part one of today's message. We learned of God's sovereign choices and spotless character. God does not create people in order to destroy the if we want mercy, God will give us mercy. But if we harden our hearts.
God will further harden their hearts. If you have your Bible turned out Romans chapter 9 is Adrian Rogers, concludes a powerful message titled predestined for hell, absolutely not. About three things I want to learn today as we think about this is man predestined for hell, and all three deal really with the character of God because you understand the character of God you don't know really anything about salvation or anything else. I did say understand God. None of us understand God, but we understand some things that God has chosen to reveal to us about his character.
Now God loves law sentence where the book of Romans put down. Romans chapter 5 verse eight. If you think that God hates you. Limit to God that hate you. You say well I'm a sinner, you still look at Romans chapter 5 verse eight but God commended his love, his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and God loves the lost. God loves sinners get the idea that God predestined Esau to go to hell and God predestined Jacob to go to heaven.
Esau made known to him, but he won predestined to go to him, but you can be sure that God is a God who makes sovereign choices. So the first thing I want you to do is that you need to recognize God's sovereign shoulders.
God chooses whom he will when he will call what he will please God. Might as well admit it. He's got God's sovereign choice, and God is working in the nations of the world and here, God is talking about nations. God is talking about service and God is talking about preference.
Now here's a second language is not only God's sovereign choice, but I want you to notice God's spotless character God's spotless character. Some who might want to argue with God and say, will God you have a right to do it that way. Maybe your little unrighteous.
It you just choose one person above another book in verse 14 what shall we say then is there unrighteousness with God, for he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom will have compassion. So then it is not of him. That will not him that run but of God that showed mercy not decides whether or not God's going to have mercy you want to know God.
God says I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy. What is that mean God will have mercy upon you know you will mercy you may have. The Bible says in Titus 35 is not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us. The Bible says either cover for sin shall not prosper, but whoso confesses and forsaken them shall have the same God does as he pleases, but he always pleases to do right and there is no unrighteousness with God and I'm telling you that anybody will call upon the name the Lord shall be saved and any mother's child says God have mercy upon me, God says, I will have mercy, God will have mercy upon whom he will have mercy, and he will have mercy upon him who uncovers a sin that God might cover it.
You will have mercy upon the man that comes on the him in faith, not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Yes, listen to me folks part pardon is according to God's sovereign will. God always wants to be merciful, but punishment.
Punishment is, according to man's sinful wickedness you have, God sovereign will.
You have man's sinful wickedness.
Look at the illustration he gives here beginning in verse 17 of this chapter. For the Scripture says under Pharaoh, even for the same purpose have I raised Leah who was Pharaoh with Pharaoh was a hi Mike and Mike allegiant Pharaoh was the king the most powerful man upon the face of their and he was raised to sit upon the throne. I here's not talking about God raising up her childhood is talk about God raising him up in power and authority. Sometimes we get all upset and we see powerful people in high places are not doing right in that right when you say something God is sovereign is one of the great verses in the Bible right now you need to pay attention to it. He says for this purpose have I raised the that I might show my power in the and that my name might be declared throughout all their therefore happy mercy upon whom he will have mercy.
I watch this and whom he will he pardon her now, God hardened Pharaoh's heart. And then God judged Pharaoh and God made Pharaoh an example, remember the story of Pharaoh pursuing the Israelites and they came to the Red Sea in the Red Sea 48 lane superhighway went up that red say in Israel went through and then with Pharaoh and his chariots began to go through it all closed and will remember that in Redbook which you seen the movie on Melissa God said that all ever knows the story of Moses going through the Red Sea and then God judging Pharaoh and it is an example a picture of God's righteousness and God's judgment, just as God is good God is righteous, God says, I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy, and whom I will I will harden now this is a very interesting thing was the pastor. What one hope it'll Pharaoh have I mean if it God just simply setting up on the throne hardened his heart and then judge him.
He cast them into hell. What chance did you have now listen carefully, God did not say I have chosen to send him to hell. God said I'm going to get glory in my judgment upon him. You see, God makes even the wrath of man to praise him. There was an example that was needed of God's righteousness in God's judgment got that I'm going to use Pharaoh.
Now God is going to be glorified just put it down. God is going to be glorified and God's love is magnified in heaven and God's justice is manifest in hell, but whether it be love our justice, God is going to be glorified in his love is going to be glorified in his justice. People say will God is too good to punish sin, no friend, God is too good not to punish sin. God is a holy God.
Now the reason that God hardened Pharaoh's heart is very simple.
Pharaoh first hardened his own heart that you read about 17 to 20 times in the Exodus passage where Pharaoh's heart was hard. About half of those times Pharaoh's heart was hardened by Pharaoh before it was ever hardened by God. God did not take a little tender child and say now I will from childhood. I will make your heart hard and and you can get harder and harder and harder and harder.
And then I'm going to cast you in hell no. First of all, Pharaoh hardened his own heart couple scriptures put them. Exodus chapter 8 and verse 15 but when Pharaoh saw that there was responding he hardened his heart without Exodus 8 verse 32 and Pharaoh hardened his heart. At this time. Also now before God ever hardened Pharaoh's heart is will was sent all God did was to crystallize the sin that was already in him. The Bible says to the forward God will show himself when a man has a heart hard against God. All he does is rebel against God, and what happens is that his heart gets harder, the Bible says, beware lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief and in the day of provocation, harden not your heart, and the Bible speaks of those whose hearts are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
First of all, Pharaoh hardened his own heart and is a righteous judgment and in order to make an example of this man's will was already set against God.
God crystallize the thing God brought into judgment and God used him as an example, but Pharaoh was already a wicked center had murderous way to kill thousands of people. They blasphemed the God of heaven and God had worn him and God had entreated him and God is in his word to him and God is in his messenger to hammer this man stubbornly arrogantly said no to God was then that God harden the heart of a man whose heart was already hardened.
Now don't get the idea that God just raised up Pharaoh ascending the hill. No, God worn Pharaoh. He wouldn't take warning. Here's another example to some people are wrongly used. Beginning verse 19 it's a classic passage about the powder in the clay Paulino is a great biological man so you can just hear the wheels turning in the minds of people waiting verse 19, but I will say venting to me.
Why did Theo find fault for who hath resisted his well I mean if God is sovereign. How can you blame me for sending and and what Paul is going to say here in just a moment as one preacher said somewhere. Your arms are too short to box with what you start arguing with God about that made little man who art thou that replies to gains God shall the thing formed same to him that formed it, why has thou made me thus have not the potter power over the clay of the same law to make one vessel on the honor and another under this on what is God willing to show his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction, and they might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared on the glory so my civil air is faster. Here's God.
He just takes a lump of clay takes humanity's or this one is for heaven. This was for him to listen for having this one for hell.
This was for heaven. This is Rachel. These I want to keep these ongoing distro I use a little little sense what potter in his right mind would be making vessels so we could turn around destroying what potter is going to sit there and say I'm making this one.
I want to get a whole stack of them over here on the wall and I will take a broomstick and I will break them all. Ha ha ha ha it sounds more like a man known. The Bible says God perform these residency created, I God is the creator over that's not what he saying here is not the idea that God is creating some full honor, and some for destruction. The Bible says that he is forming. God has a plan God has a purpose. The Bible says that that God is molding these that he is long-suffering with them. Look, if you will. In this passage of Scripture here looking verse 22. What if God, willing to show his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath. Here's God working with them as God's hand moment a patient, loving, long suffering, God not an arbitrary God, long-suffering God. First Peter three verse nine the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is what he's long suffering a sport, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to pass the potter long-suffering with these. But you say, but wait a minute.
This is the vessels of wrath. See to destruction of this is adjectival use. He's he saying here. Vessels of wrath that are ripe ready for destruction doesn't mean that he made them fit for destruction. It is that they are ready for the structure. Wow, how did they get ready Vincent and his word study says this and I want to listen. I want to get too involved.
It is a very important part. This is the middle voice.
What is it mean it means simply this, that they fitted themselves for destruction. It is not the potter that fits them for destruction is not the father who makes them for destruction. The potter is long-suffering for vessels of wrath themselves for destruction print. Don't take something God never made anybody to go to God never made anybody to go to hell. God wants people say he won't you say put down first Timothy two verse four speaks of God will have all men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the true that you can harden your heart and if you are, your heart, God my heart that also as a reason. The Bible says in Hebrews chapter 3 verse 15 today if you hear God's voice, harden not your heart that maybe somebody here today you listening to the sermon without a woman you become stiff recalcitrant clay. You will not yield yourself.
The potter's hand, you harden your heart gonna just put you in the killing harden you further and then you beat a strong, but you can be saying the Bible speaks of those who are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin and God does not create a man in order to damn him.
Now if you go to hell you take all the blame if you go to heaven you give him all the glory God shows mercy, to whom he will show mercy and whom he will. He hardens but he did not harden Pharaoh until Pharaoh first harden himself and God did not destroy that vessel and to let vessel made itself fitted for destruction. Now here's the third thing I want you to note what we're talking about is the nature of God with all that God's sovereign choice.
God is sovereign is absolutely God with talking about God's spotless righteousness is God unrighteous no God is not fair.
He's just widow by God, being fair, we think we owed something we don't get it. We dissatisfied bro dissatisfied somebody else gets it, for we do forget more than we can know God is to us God to know was anything but God is just what is not is not until you see the justice of God that you cry out for the mercy of God, for God will give mercy, to whom he will give mercy not there is there's got sovereign choice.
God chose Israel bear his chosen people is not forgotten his promise.
There's got sovereign choice. There is God's spotless character and the third thing. And here's what I want you to notice is God's steadfast concern. What is the book of Romans all about. It's about redemption is about salvation is by getting people save notice in verse 23 and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy whom he hath afore prepared on the glory God is making us friend, ready for glory. Even us. The myth call not of the Jews only. Thank God also of the Gentiles as he says also in OC. That's Hosea I will call them my people, which were not my people, and her beloved, which was not below. All hell bound sinners like we were Gentiles aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. God is taken both Jew and Gentile, and God's call in with his mighty love that we might be.
Say God wants you say God wants me safe I would give you some Scriptures quickly used jot them down in case you think the God ordained some people to hell. Listen to the Scriptures. John chapter 3 verses 16 and 17 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that is a God just lived a certain portion of the lot, the world, that whosoever not appear would whosoever believe is on him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saying Isaiah 53 verse six all we like sheep going astray with her dad everyone to his own way and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. I tell you the iniquity of my sin was laid on the Lord Jesus even just die for some elective God forever person.
The Bible says in Romans eight verse 32 he that spared not his own son, but delivered him up freely for Saul, he died for you my friend. Won't you say first Timothy 24 speaks of God, who will have all men to be saved first John four verse 14 and we have seen and testify that the father sent the son to be the Savior of the world meant that classic patent in first John chapter 2 and he is the propitiation that means is the satisfaction for our sin and not for ours only but also for the sin of the whole world and mimic the way God just wraps up the final invitation in the Bible (Revelation chapter 22 and verse 17 and the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him adhere, say, come. And let him that is a first and so let him take the water blithely go somewhere be sages, and you want to see if you are the elect is coming to Jesus you are my friend, God so love the world and that's the reason Jesus said, let me all ye that labor and I'll give you God says yes I'll have mercy upon whom I will have mercy cannot take upon whom he will have mercy that one will come to Jesus Christ. Jesus had him accompany me I will in no wise cast as the reason I'm glad to be a gospel preacher. You show me anytime, anyplace, anywhere where anybody ever came to Jesus Christ and repentance and faith.
And he didn't save them. How close my Bible and never preach again.
I'll promise you on the authority of the word of God, he will save you.
He's a sovereign God. He's a righteous God. But he's also a loving God. And when you are saved your predestined to heaven. But when you're born, you remember, predestined to hell.
God sent you here today to be saying you believe that friend if you want Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You might pray this prayer dear God just prayed out of your heart. I know that you love me. I'm a sinner. My sin deserves judgment, but I need mercy. I'm not going to harden my heart against you, Lord, I open my heart come into my heart into my life now. Forgive my sin save me Jesus pray that from you precious friend just say save me Jesus and mean, then pray this. Thank you for saving the Lord. I'll not be ashamed of you give me the courage now make it public. Don't let me deny you because you died for me your name I pray, amen. And if you prayed engage your life to Jesus Christ just now.
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