Torrey - God -11.2- Toward who does God manifest his mercy?


Romans 9:15,18 — "For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth."

First Proposition: God's mercy is manifested toward anyone He wishes.

He is absolutely sovereign in the exercise of His mercy.

But it should be remembered that while God is absolutely sovereign in the exercise of His mercy and while no one can dictate toward who he shall show mercy, in point of fact He wills to have mercy on all. (See 2 Peter 3:9 — "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.")

Deuteronomy 7:9 — "Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations."

Exodus 20:6 — -"And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." 

Psalm 103:11,17 — "For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children." 2 Chronicles 6:14 "And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and showest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before Thee with all their hearts."

Second Proposition: God's mercy is manifested toward those who fear or love Him: His servants who walk before Him with all their hearts. "The fear of the LORD" and "the love of God" as used in the Bible are nearly synonymous. Compare Proverbs 8:13, 16:6 with 1 John 5:3.

They look at the same practical attitude toward God from different points of view. Proverbs 28:13 — "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper but whoso contesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."

Third Proposition: The mercy of God is manifested toward everyone who confesses and forsakes his or her sins.

Psalm 32:10 — "Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about."

Fourth Proposition: The mercy of God is manifested toward the one who trusts in the Lord: "Mercy shall compass him about."

Psalm 86:5 — "For Thou, LORD, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee."

Fifth Proposition: The mercy of God is manifested toward all who call upon Him.

See also Romans 10:12-13 — "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved."

Isaiah 49:13 — "Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth in singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted."

Sixth Proposition: The mercy of God is manifested toward His afflicted people.