Romans 9:22-24

22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,

23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,

24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

Willing to show His wrath — Having the will, sovereignty

Make His power known — showing His character and authority

Fitted (middle voice) — God isn’t doing the fitting. The action is done by the persons themselves.

Destruction — not of being but of well-being, not annihilation but ruin as to carrying out its purpose.

Riches of His glory = God’s grace to believers

Mercy — pity in action. God’s salvation is provided for all but only those who receive it obtain mercy.

Prepared — by Christ on earth for heavenly glory

Verse 24 shows Paul is speaking of Jews and Gentiles here, not specifically of individuals

If a man goes to hell it is because he fitted himself or it. If he goes to heaven, it is because God fitted him for it.

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