There are those who like to take this passage and use it to make them feel better about the fact that they don’t evangelize. They claim that God makes some people to be His own and that He makes some to go to hell, meaning that He makes both good and bad so that people are destined to either eternal punishment or eternal existence in heaven. One could take this idea and then think that it is ok to live a sinful life because God made you for it, but that could not be further from the truth.
It comes down to choice, not on God’s part but on ours.
The preceding passage gives us some examples
Romans 9:6-10 speaks of God choosing Jacob over Esau, neither child had sinned but why do you think God would have chosen Jacob over Esau?
I say it was the providence of God. God knows the beginning from the end, God knows what path we will choose and He knows who are His people.
Jacob, though he was not the best person all the time, chose to be a man of God.
Esau was more worried about his own self (Genesis 25:29-34)
Romans 9:14-20 speaks of God using Pharaoh to show His power. God knew what Pharaoh would do, He knew what he would choose and it looks like God is forcing him, but in actuality He is not. He knew what was in Pharaoh’s heart.
Read the Exodus story.
Both were used by God to show His power and might and they look like vessels of dishonor, yet in actuality they chose to be this way. Could they have chosen to be something else, yes but neither chose to acknowledge God in their lives
Esau in his birthright and Pharaoh in his life (Exodus 5:1-2)
We are all vessels of dishonor (flesh); we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
we are all born under the sin of Adam. God wants us all to be saved and that is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ
2 Peter 3:9
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are indwelled with the Holy Spirit of God and when and only when this happens, we become a vessel of honor through the Spirit (Romans 8:12-15). This comes through our choosing which vessel that we will be.
and we are predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son when we are saved in Jesus Christ.