For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
So receiving God's promise is not up to us. We can't get it by choosing it or working hard for it. God will show mercy to anyone he chooses. For the scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, "I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you, and so that my fame might be spread throughout the earth." 17 So you see, God shows mercy to some just because he wants to, and he chooses to make some people refuse to listen.(If you are are a believer, you are special and you have been chosen and are in the family of God.)