God is impartial. He does not make a difference in judgment or mercy because of what He finds in any man. In judgment, He judges all men equally, strictly according to His law, strictly by what He finds in them (Rom. 2:11; 6:23; Eph. 6:9; Col. 3:25; 1 Pet. 1:7). If God condemns us, it will be for what we have done. But if He justifies us, it will be for what Christ has done. In giving mercy, God is gracious because of what He is in Himself (Ex. 34:7). He shows mercy out of His own sovereign will, without respect to us in any way (Rom. 9:11-16). If God gives us eternal life, it will not be for what we have done, but for what Christ has done as one man for “the many” given to Christ in eternal election (Rom. 5:19, 21; Eph. 1:4).
Pastor Rick Warta