555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

520. How Can "One Vessel Be Chosen onto Honor and Another unto Dishonor"?

This passage (Rom. 9:21, 23) brings up the discussion of the whole subject of "election." The Jews seem to have gotten the idea, from their long habit of exclusiveness, that God had no right to offer salvation to the Gentiles. Paul is here trying to make them see that God has a right to offer salvation to any one. No one can dispute the fact that just as the potter has the right to form one vessel for high and honorable use and another for more humble service, so God has the right to create some souls for prominent and important and honorable service and others for more lowly tasks. However we may interpret the doctrine of election, we must not for an instant forget that God is just "He is not willing that any should perish." He desires that every spul should have salvation and that every soul shall be fitted for successful service.