Why is Romans 9 in the Bible? More specifically, why do its seemingly hard truths — “Jacob I loved; Esau I hated” — immediately follow the riches of Romans 8 — “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”? John Piper gives an answer to these honest questions in his description of unconditional election. Far from something that hinders evangelism in the heart of the apostle Paul, we find this doctrine impels him to plead and persuade all those who are not-yet saved. So it should for us.