you said: Please reconcile this with Romans 9 where paul states: God will have mercy on whom he has mercy and harden whom he hardens…It therefore DOES NOT DEPEND ON MANS EFFORTS OR HIS DESIRES but on whom he has mercy (which is up to him).
Aaron37: At first Pharaoh hardened his own heart; God’s judgments only made it harder, and then God gave him over (Ro 1:28). God only made harder, by his judgments and by leaving him to his folly, one who had already hardened his own heart. That he was given over to madness is shown in the record. Even his magician said, This is the finger of God (Ex 8:19). He himself once said, I have sinned; the Lord is righteous (Ex 9:27). Had he not hardened himself again, the result would have been different. Then God gave him up to his own folly, to hardness of heart and reprobate of mind. The Jews approved of all this in the case of Pharaoh, but held that God could never abandon them on account of their sinful course. Paul’s argument is, that if they, the favored people, should pursue Pharaoh’s course, they might experience Pharaoh’s fate. They, also, hardening themselves, might be delivered over to hardness, for God is not limited by race, or by any limitation, but hardens whom he wills. He wills to harden those who harden themselves. Paul is not writing theology, but answering the arrogant pretensions of Jewish Pharisaism, and hence he asserts the Divine liberty. Had he been replying to those who have exaggerated this liberty into a purely arbitrary and tyrannical will, he would have brought out the opposite side of truth.
you said: You need to start arguing why you believe this and not just restating it.
Aaron37: Read the whole chapter of Isaiah 53; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor 5:19; 2 Cor 5:21 Phil 3:9 1 John 2:2; John 1:12.
you said: This is EXACTLY what free will thinking dribbles down to…God isn’t really TRYING to save the lost…
which is a real way of saying…God doesn’t love you that much.
Aaron37: You have to understand that salvation is already done. It’s a done deal. ( Titus 2:11) The question is will each individual appropriate by faith what God has already provided by grace in order for Jesus’ payment to take effect in their lives?