Is It Wrong for God to Love Jacob?
< Romans 9:30-33 >
“What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who
did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness
of faith; but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to
the law of righteousness. Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as
it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.
As it is written:
‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and
rock of offense,
And whoever believes on Him will not be put
In calling upon all of us, our Lord said, “I
did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Matthew 9:13).
We should realize that to those who pursue their own righteousness, the gift
of salvation is not permitted, and to avoid this, we must instead believe in
the righteousness of God.
Romans 9:13 says that God loved Jacob while He
hated Esau. To those who receive with thanks the righteousness of God, God has
given them the gift of the remission of sins, as well as the blessing that makes
them His people. We must all believe in God with the knowledge of His righteousness.
We should learn and understand the Word of the
righteousness of God given to us all. When one wants to be delivered from one’s
sins, one must first know his/her own shortcomings and infirmities, as well
as the righteousness of God. We must know and believe in His righteousness.
God told us that only those who know that they are bound for hell are in need
of His righteousness. It is important that we recognize our own sins and realize
that because of our sins, we face God’s wrath that will make our punishment
in hell unavoidable.
But we can receive into our hearts the gospel
of the water and the Spirit through our Lord’s baptism, His death on the Cross
and His resurrection, because only those who know the righteousness of God can
believe in this righteousness. This is because God’s grace and love are not
something that can be earned even by prayers of repentance or a life of piety,
which many religious people engage in. However, the remission of sins given
by God is for all those who adore and believe in His righteousness.
We must all be ready to believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit willingly in our hearts. Do you want to receive
the righteousness of God? Then admit before God and by His law your own insufficiencies.
Recognize that because of your sins, you are under God’s wrath, and that you
need His righteousness! When you believe in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit and accept it into your heart, the righteousness of God will be yours.
You must know this truth.
The minds of those who do not believe in the righteousness of
God are confused and locked in void.
God told us that our thoughts were confused from
the beginning (Genesis 1:2). Why were man’s thoughts confused from the beginning?
This is because the fallen angel that turned against God prevented people from
believing in the Word of the righteousness of God by making their minds confused
and void. This is why sin came to man’s heart (Genesis 3:1-8).
The Scripture tells us that an angel created by
God turned against Him. This angel tried to take over God’s throne with his
own strength and scheme, and having failed at the rebellion, was driven out
from his privileged position. This Fallen Angel then enticed and deceived mankind,
and turned them against God. This angel is called Satan. This prideful angel
still works in both believers and non-believers alike in all kinds of boastful
and rebellious manners. By deceiving man, he challenged the Word of the righteousness
of God and His authority.
The Devil always resorts to lies so that people
would not be able to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Having
been deceived by the Devil, many fruitlessly try to establish their own righteousness.
He let mankind fall into sin, and as a result, made them live their lives with
confused and void minds.
The remission of sins and the righteousness given by God
Deliverance from sin for mankind, which has fallen
into sin by Satan’s evil temptation, does not depend on one’s eagerness or his/her
own righteousness. However, so many people try to desperately escape from their
sins in vain while turning against God without realizing their own infirmities.
God rebuked those who seek their own righteousness, those who try to earn the
righteousness of God with their good deeds. Redemption is not for such people;
only to those who know that they are sinners, and who believe in the true gospel
of the water and the Spirit, has God allowed His righteousness.
The sovereign will of God is in its essence different
from human thoughts. Paul told us that regardless of how well a person excels
in outward manifestations of religious piety-church attendance, late-night prayers,
early-morning prayers, fasting, offerings, repentance prayer, etc-he/she would
never be able to cleanse away his/her own sins.
God tells us that the works of the law cannot
redeem us from our sins and make the righteousness of God ours. As verses 32-33
of chapter 9 says, “Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it
were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As
it is written: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’”
As such, to receive the righteousness of God,
we must believe in Jesus’ baptism and His blood on the Cross, through which
Jesus became the sacrificial offering between God and mankind. It is therefore
absolutely critical that you understand that you must throw away your own righteousness
in order to obtain the righteousness of God. We should not reject the righteousness
of God, given to us freely, while we confess Jesus as our Savior.
Even now, many who confess the Lord Jesus as their
Savior still remain as sinners because they do not believe in the gospel that
manifests the righteousness of God. People cannot earn the righteousness of
God by following His law. Those who believe in the Word of the righteousness
of God must cast away the pursuits of their own righteousness. You should remember
that Jesus became the stumbling stone to those who pursued their redemption
and the righteousness of God by their own works of the law.
The gospel of the water and the Spirit, given
to us by God, is the truth that redeems those who believe in Jesus Christ as
their Savior, and that must accompany those who pursue the righteousness of
God. What is absolutely necessary for redemption and eternal life is the faith
in the Word of the righteousness of God, manifested through the baptism of Jesus
and His blood on the Cross. This Word reveals to us who among Christians cannot
receive the remission of sins, and, at the same time, it teaches us the truth
that those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit will receive
the righteousness of God.
The correct faith, therefore, requires the understanding
that God did not decide to pick a certain group of people unconditionally and
send them to hell. If God indeed loved some while He hated others arbitrarily,
people would not respect His righteousness.
Through the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
God has set the law of the righteousness of redemption to deliver all sinners
from their sins, and has given us the great blessing of being clothed in His
love. Everyone must throw away his/her own righteousness before the gospel of
the water and the Spirit spoken by the righteousness of God. God gave His righteousness
only to those who believe in it.
God didn’t allow people to be able to save themselves
from sin by their own righteousness. Without believing in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit as the righteousness of God, no one is to receive this
righteousness, even if he/she confesses faith in Jesus (John 3:1-8).
The baptism that Jesus received and the blood
that He shed on the Cross have become the righteousness of God. This is why
Jesus has become the rock of offense to those who pursue their own righteousness.
Believers in Jesus, therefore, must realize and understand that when they pursue
their own righteousness, they are trampling on God’s righteousness. No sinner
can enter the Gates of Heaven without having faith in the righteousness of God.
We who believe in Jesus must receive the remission of our sins by believing
in God’s righteousness.
Jesus Christ, who came to this earth, is the Savior
of sinners and the very righteousness of God itself. We must truly believe in
this righteousness of God, as Jesus has forgiven our sins with His Word by the
water and the Spirit. Believers in Jesus must believe in the baptism that He
received from John and His blood on the Cross as the righteousness of God. Only
those who believe in the written Word of the water and the Spirit can enter
We are told to be divided into the vessels of wrath and the
vessels of mercy
The Lord said, “For what profit is it to a
man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man
give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26) If one comes to lose his/her
eternal life, his/her achievements in this world are useless, no matter what
they are. It is of no use even though one has conquered the world or even the
entire universe, if he/she has not received the righteousness of God by believing
in Jesus’ baptism and His blood on the Cross.
No matter how highly theological doctrines are
developed, only by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that
fulfills the righteousness of God can one receive and believe in this righteousness.
Believers in Jesus can be free from their sins only when they receive the righteousness
of God by believing in it.
Nowadays, it is common to see believers who, professing
to believe in the righteousness of God, anguish over their sins in every early
morning prayer meeting. They do not in reality believe in the righteousness
of God. We must realize that such faiths professed by those who do not believe
in the redemption within His righteousness do not please God, but only angers
Him. Because they turned against the righteousness of God, they can only remain
as His foes.
John 3:5 tells us that “Unless one is born
of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” This is why
you should resolve all your problems of sin by believing in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit and in the righteousness of God. The gospel of the water
and the Spirit has become the righteousness of God that can give you the remission
of sins and His righteousness.
If you want to have the kind of faith that would
justify you in God’s righteousness, you must follow and believe in the Word
of the water and the Spirit that contains this righteousness. You must also
realize that, for your heart to be filled with faith in the righteousness of
God, you need to cast aside your own righteousness. What Paul is telling both
the Israelites and the Gentiles is that they must abandon their pursuits of
their own righteousness if they want to obtain the righteousness of God.
God gave Abraham his son as the fruit of his faith
in the righteousness of God. The righteousness of God appears in the Word of
the water and the Spirit. Anyone who believes in the Word of the righteousness
becomes a righteous person. Rebecca, Isaac’s wife, had conceived twins by him,
and even before they were born, or doing any good or evil, she was told that
“The older shall serve the younger.” From this passage, some people conclude
that God is not a just God, and that this is a mistaken conclusion.
This is because God already knew the future faiths
of Jacob and Esau, even as they were still in Rebecca’s womb. The secret of
the righteousness of God is hidden in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Because Esau was someone who was boastful of his own good deeds, God saw him
as having nothing to do with faith in His righteousness, and this is why God
hated him. Jacob, on the other hand, was someone who believed in the righteousness
of God and gave all the glory to Him alone; thus, God could not do anything
else but love him.
That God loved Jacob and hated Esau, therefore,
is just on the basis of the truth. God does not appreciate people like Esau,
who boasted of his own power without believing in the righteousness of God,
but He is pleased by and loves people like Jacob, who knew his infirmities and
believed only in His righteousness.
People often misunderstand the righteousness of
God by asking how God could act in such a way to Isaac. They think that if God
loved some while hated others, there must be something wrong with God, and they
might even refuse to believe in Jesus because they think of Him as a God of
But how can God be unjust? If one thinks God as
unjust, this is only a reflection of the fact that he/she does not have a correct
understanding of the righteousness of God. All the more, it is precisely those
who, by not believing in the righteousness of God, cover His righteousness with
their own human righteousness that does grave wrong before God. Everyone must
throw away their own righteousness before the righteousness of God and believe
in the Word of the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
This is the only way to believing in the Word
of redemption that contains the righteousness of God. That God is unjust is
a fragment of your own imagination, derived from your ignorance of the profound
purpose of God, set within His plan and predestination. God’s righteous plan
was to reveal His righteousness before us. Because God knew of the twins’ futures
already, God planned accordingly in His righteousness and set to love he who
We must understand and believe in the righteousness
of God in His plan. Whom, between Jacob and Esau, would God call upon? Our Lord
said that He “did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” The righteousness
of God, in other words, calls people like Jacob. As for Esau, not only did he
not respond to God’s righteous call, but he also boasted in his own righteousness.
This is why Esau was to be hated while Jacob became the one who answered the
call of the righteousness of God.
All these biblical truths must be understood within
the faith that knows and believes in the love of the righteousness of God. If
one tries to solve the conundrum of God’s predestination without the correct
knowledge of God’s righteous love, he/she will fall into the very trap that
he/she has set, leading to his/her own destruction.
God set predestination to reveal the love of His
righteousness. Jacob was a man who came to recognize his shortcomings and believed
in the Word of the righteousness of God. That God loved Jacob while He hated
Esau is just. In the just sight of God, everyone deserves His wrath, but He
provided us with His redemption for all those who believe in His righteousness.
Those who are clothed in mercy before God are those who do not boast of their
own righteousness, but believe in the righteousness of God as their redemption.
These are the people who confess, “I deserve to be condemned to hell for my
sins. Lord God, have mercy on me, and teach me your righteousness.”
God gives the remission of sins only to those
who believe in His righteous love, and this is God’s plan for us to become His
children that He has already revealed to us. You must not misunderstand God’s
plan to love Jacob and hate Esau. If, by any chance, you had not correctly understood
the righteousness of God, then it is time for you believe again in God’s righteous
love in His righteousness.
I believe in the righteousness of God. Those who
can correctly understand God’s righteous love can also correctly believe in
God’s righteous Providence within His righteousness. But few in this world have
the correct understanding of God’s righteous plan and believe in it, and many
are plagued by their misunderstanding of God.
These people think that, because the Scripture
tells us that God hated Esau, some people are set by God to be arbitrarily hated
by Him, as if it was their fate to be hated by Him. But our God is not such
a despotic God. God is a judge who is right and just in His righteousness. God
wants to give each and every one of us His righteous mercy and love.
God wanted to give us His righteousness through
Jesus Christ, and He clothed those who believed in His righteousness in His
mercy and made them His children.
This truth is revealed in the New Testament in
Matthew 9:12-13 where Jesus says, “Those who are well have no need of a physician,
but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and
not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Those who are well have no need for physicians may even think of them as bothersome.
Just as people do not realize the importance of physicians when they are healthy,
they do not realize the importance of receiving the righteousness of God into
their hearts by believing in it. Not knowing the righteousness of God, they
are busy pursuing their own righteousness.
But sinners must abandon their own righteousness
and believe in the righteousness of God. You can be either Jacob or Esau before
God. Who do you want to be? God’s reward and punishment will depend on your
decision to whether or not believe in the redemption of the righteousness of
There is nothing wrong with God
Every person is by nature a competitive being.
Some of them may be highly intelligent and successful people and some may have
done many good deeds for others. But without the understanding of and faith
in the righteousness of God, they will not have God’s approval. Everyone-you
and I, even the Israelites-were to be doomed for hell before God. Despite this,
we have been justified, not by our own efforts, works, or strengths, but only
by our faith in the very righteousness of God.
Because God has impartially and fairly given everyone
His righteous love, all those who believe in it can be delivered from all their
sins. God is not an unjust God, as you might have thought Him to be.
Whether or not one receives God’s blessing of
redemption depends on whether he/she decides to receive or reject it. This is
why some people have become vessels of wrath while others have become vessels
of mercy. Jacob, to put it differently, became a vessel of mercy, while Esau
ended up as a vessel of wrath.
But some theologians and those without the Holy
Spirit often slander God. They say, “Look, did not God make the Pharaoh as a
vessel of wrath? Look at Jacob and Esau! Look at Rebecca! Look at what the potter
has done! Did not God make someone the vessel for honor from the very beginning?
This can be only fate!” Their logic is as follows: some people were already
elected to become God’s children even before their births; and such people who
were predestined and elected to be clothed in God’s love all become His children,
while the others are bound for hell. This is how God’s election is attacked.
But God gave His righteousness to everyone, and He impartially elects those
who believe in it.
We became justified by believing in the righteousness
of God, when, in fact, we were not His people prior to this. God can approve
our faiths because we became justified by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit through His Word. This is the truth of the gospel that shows
the amazing power of God.
Originally, we had no God in us, did not know
Him, and were all sinners, but by believing in the righteousness of God we have
become His people. The gospel of the water and the Spirit, in which we believe,
is not an incomplete gospel, but the complete and perfect one. We should praise
God for giving us the truth by which we can obtain His righteousness.
Our lives may be full of troubles, but we must
not forget the righteousness of God because God has taught us the greatness
of His power. The happiest person in the entire universe is the one who knows
the righteousness of God. To those of us who believe in God, the triune God
is the Father of mercy. He is our holy God. He put the faith in the righteousness
of God in the souls of those of us who believe in it. We were made God’s children
and the recipients of His grace and blessings by knowing and believing in His
Yet many people are still preoccupied by their
own efforts to do good works. Giving offerings, volunteering for the church,
making large donations to it in competition with others- you may think these
are all good deeds, but they alone cannot and will not save you. Focusing on
these works alone is not an indication of your faith in the righteousness of
God, but it is an indication that you are pursuing your own righteousness. Those
who are preoccupied with the efforts of their own flesh are going against God.
It is those who do not know the righteousness God that are preoccupied with
such things of the flesh.
The Scripture tells us that God’s salvation is
not given to those who run for it, but only to those who believe in His righteousness.
This righteousness can be received only by believing in our merciful God. It
is not by our works that we are loved by God, but only by believing in His righteousness
do we receive His merciful love. This is why true faith depends entirely on
whether or not we know and believe in the righteousness of God.
Were we not useless beings from the very beginning?
And yet have we not, because of our faith in the righteousness of God, become
so noble? We can keep our faiths until the end by believing in the righteousness
of God and priding ourselves in the fact that we have now become His children.
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There are many in the world who do
evil and claim that there is no God, but God had mercy on us because
we believed in His righteousness. We are truly noble before God
and our pride in God is well deserved. We may face trials and tribulations
while on this earth, but we are all spiritually rich and happy.
We must all follow the righteousness of God and exalt Jesus.
God made all sinners His children, sinless, righteous,
and perfect before Him. We must realize upon whom the righteousness of God comes.
This righteousness of God has met all our shortcomings and cleansed away all
our faulty sins. Whether you believe in this truth or not entirely depends on
you. You, too, have been completely saved from your sins by the righteousness
of God. What, then, will you do? Will you postpone your decision to believe
May the righteousness of God be with you.