The rich glory of God (Rom 9:23)

“What if God has done so,

In order to make known

The richness

Of his glory

For the vessels

Of mercy

That he has prepared beforehand

For glory?”

καὶ ἵνα γνωρίσῃ τὸν πλοῦτον τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ σκεύη ἐλέους, ἃ προητοίμασεν εἰς δόξαν,

Paul asked what if God has done this (καὶ ἵνα) in order to make known (ἵνα γνωρίσῃ) the richness (τὸν πλοῦτον) of his glory (τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ) for the vessels of mercy (ἃ προητοίμασεν) that he had prepared beforehand (ἃ προητοίμασεν) for glory (εἰς δόξαν).  Only the Pauline letters used this word προητοίμασεν, that means to prepare before, appoint beforehand, or predestine.  Paul posed another option for God.  Perhaps, he wanted to show the richness of his glory.  He may have prepared beforehand or predestined his vessels of glory.  God was in control.  He had a wealth of mercy and may have decided who was going to get his containers of mercy.  Afterall, eternity has no beginning or ending, so that all human time is rolled into a divine eternal now.  Do you accept the concept of a glorious eternity?

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