Paul the apostle told the people in Rome, “For as you in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief”, and he added, “Even so have these also now not believed,
that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.” In chapter eleven and verse thirty-two of Romans, Paul told his believing readers, “God has concluded them all in unbelief” where we read:
For God has concluded them all in unbelief,
that he might have mercy upon all.
The verse begins, “For God has concluded them all in unbelief, …” Paul began with the word, “for” which means “indeed, no doubt, seeing then, verily and therefore” “God” which refers to the Godhead bodily and trinity which is comprised of God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit” “has concluded” which means“shut up on all sides and completely” “them all” which refers to “every person” “in unbelief” which means “obstinate and opposed to the divine will”. Paul shared how God evaluated everyone as “obstinate” to His perfect will.
The verse goes on to say, “… that he might have mercy upon all.”. Paul continued with the words, “that he might have mercy” or “so God could have pity on, help and bring aid to the afflicted and wretched” “upon all” or “toward everyone”. Paul shared how God’s desire was to “pity and help” those who were “wretched” and in need of “help”.
When we consider these words of Paul, we see how all the world is “guilty” before God. As Paul stated in Romans chapter three and verse ten, “there is none righteous, no, not one”. Because no one is “holy” or “righteous” other than Jesus, God is now able to share His “mercy” upon every person who yields their life to His Son Jesus. Jesus came to die on the cross for “unbelievers”, and when they turn to Him in “belief”, His abundant “pity and help” are immediately available.
Next time Paul tells his believing readers in Rome about, “the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God”, so read ahead, and we shall join together then.
Until tomorrow…there is more…
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