VESSELS of MERCY
BY: RAY PRINZING
“That He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He hath afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom He hath called…” (Rom. 9:23-24)
“For God hath concluded (shut up together) them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all.” (Rom. 11:32) That the vessels of wrath would be filled with unbelief is self-evident, now comes the thought that for a short season God also concluded the vessels of mercy in this unbelief, only with respect to the time when He would HAVE MERCY UPON THEM ALL. Then comes this Divine selectivity of God, as He chooses those whom He will use in the various outworkings of His purpose. Some are to remain solid in their unbelief for a time, to be those vessels of wrath, and others are CALLED OUT, awakened unto righteousness, then prepared to be vessels through whom His love and mercy shall flow to all mankind. It is not a question of “ultimate salvation,” for that is secure in Christ for all men, but rather, to what position have we been apprehended to fill during the outworking of His plan of the ages.
Vessels afore prepared – made ready beforehand. God never has to hurriedly bring forth a remedy as a by product of necessity. He knows what is going to happen, and He has everything prepared in its proper timing. So also, God’s vessels of mercy are going to be fully ready before He pours out His wrath against all unrighteousness, and He will be able to maintain a perfect balance in all His operations. “Mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” (James 2:13), and so God’s new covenant mercy vessels shall minister His love, without condemnation, “not imputing their trespasses unto them,” but rather, proclaiming the grace of God which reconciles all to Himself. While there are those who now have “not believed, yet through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.” (Rom. 11:31) The Spirit of love and mercy will fully conquer all negative forces of destruction and loss, then restore all that which was blighted, marred, ruined; to lift the whole of creation back into harmony and peace again.