By Paul Justice
Dear Reader - How long has it been since you heard
a sermon from the Bible on the doctrine of election? Perhaps you have never
What has happened that this great God honoring,
soul-saving truth has been neglected in these days? Much is revealed in
Godís Word about election, predestination and Godís eternal purpose, yet
seldom do Christians ever speak of it, discuss it, or preach it.
One might say we cannot preach, study, or discuss
this teaching of the Bible because it is controversial. But what great
doctrine of Godís Word is not controversial? The doctrine of the virgin
birth of Christ is controversial, but anyone true to Godís Word does not
fail to believe, teach, and preach it! And the same is true of the Trinity,
the Deity of Christ, the inspiration of the scriptures and other teachings.
The Apostle Paul did not shrink from declaring salvation by grace alone
when at Galatia, and the legalists stirred up controversy. Remember, we
are called upon to earnestly contend for the faith ó not run from controversy.
Someone may say this teaching should not be taught
because it might confuse the listeners ó in other words it may spiritually
harm them. But do we think we are wiser than God? The preacher is to preach
the Word ó not part of it, all of it. (See 2 Timothy 4:1-3). God
knows what we need better than we. He has revealed this doctrine of election.
Our privilege is to declare the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). When
we neglect part of Godís truth, God is not honored, and souls are robbed
of part of Godís revelation.
Election is Biblical
Review the following scriptures and see how election,
predestination, and Godís purpose are taught.
". . . being predestinated according
to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel
of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory.
. . ." Ephesians 1:11-12
". . . for the electís sake, whom he (the
Lord) hath chosen. . . ." Mark 13:20
"And shall not God avenge his own electÖ?"
"Who shall lay anything to the charge of Godís
elect. . . ?" Romans 8:33
"For the children being not yet born, neither having
done any good, or evil, that the purpose of God according to election
stand, not of works, but of him that calleth." Romans 9:11
". . . At this. . . time. . . there is a remnant
according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it
no more of works. . . ." Romans 11:5-6
". . . Israel hath not obtained. . . but the election
obtained it. . . ." Romans 11:7
"Blessed be. . . God. . . he hath chosen us in
him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy. . . in
love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus
Christ. . . according to. . . his will, to the praise of the glory of his
grace." Ephesians 1:3-6
Jesusí Words On The Subject
"Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
For our gospel came not. . . in word only, but also in power. . . and ye
became followers. . . . " I Thessalonians 1:4-6
". . . Brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God
hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification.
. . and belief of the truth. . . ." II Thessalonians 2:13
". . . God; who hath saved us, and
us. . . not according to our works, but according to his
own purpose and grace. . . given us in Christ Jesus before
the world began." I Timothy 1:8-9
". . . I endure all things for the electís
sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation. . . in Christ." II Timothy
". . . according to the faith of Godís elect.
. . ." Titus 1:1
"But ye are a chosen generation. . . a peculiar
people. . . ." I Peter 2:9
". . . And they that are with him are calledand
chosen and faithful." Revelation 17:14
John 6:37,39, "All that the Father giveth me shall
come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out .
. .this is the Fatherís will . . . that of all which he
hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at
the last day."
John 6:65, ". . . No man can come unto me, except
it were given unto him of my Father . . . ."
John 10:15-16, ". . . I lay down my life for the
sheep. And other sheep I have (gentiles): them also I must
bring, and they shall hear my voice. . . ."
John 17:2, "As thou has given him power over
all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou
has given him."
". . . As many as were ordained to eternal life
believed." Acts 13:48
". . . he. . . helped them much which had believed
through grace." Acts 18:27
". . . instructing. . . if God peradventure will
them repentance. . . ." II Timothy 2:25
Note here that Godís people are called to
salvation according to His purpose. He predestinated those
whom He foreknew.
". . . to them who are the called according
to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate
. . . whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom
he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified,
them he glorified." Romans 8:28-30
"Foreknow" here does not mean he foreknew
what they would do, and so he then elected them. It says WHOM he
foreknew. The word know is a rich
word. In Amos 3:2 we read, "You only have I known
all the families of the earth." Surely God knew about the actions
all families, but He knew Israel in a special loving way. Note the
relation of a husband and wife is spoken of as a man knowing
wife. And remember, Jesus said of the unsaved in Matthew 7:23 ". . . I
never knew you. . . ." So in Romans 8:28-30, the point is not that
God predestinated those he foresaw would believe (faith is a gift of God).
God predestinates and saves those he foreknew or foreloved. Read
Romans 9:11,15-16 for proof of these statements.
Jesusí words, "Ye have not chosen me, but I
have chosen you, and ordained you . . ." (John 15:16), give a principle
which we must remember.
How Shall We Respond To
These Words Of God?
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom
and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways
past finding out . . . who hath first given to him, and it shall be
recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him,
and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever, Amen."
George Muller, the man of faith and prayer, is quoted
by Arthur T. Pierson on pages 387-388 in George Muller of Bristol
as saying, "Before this period I had been much opposed to the doctrines
of election, particular redemption, and final persevering grace; so much
so that, a few days after my arrival at Teignmouth I called election a
devilish doctrine. I did not believe that I had brought myself to the Lord,
for that was too manifestly false; but yet I held, that I might have resisted
finally. And further, I knew nothing about the choice of Godís people,
and did not believe that the child of God, when once made so, was safe
for ever. In my fleshly mind I had repeatedly said, If once I could prove
that I am a child of God forever, I might go back into the world for a
year or two, and then return to the Lord, and at last be saved. But now
I was brought to examine these precious truths by the Word of God. Being
made willing to have no glory of my own in the conversion of sinners, but
to consider myself merely as an instrument; and being made willing to receive
what the Scriptures said; I went to the Word, reading the New Testament
from the beginning, with a particular reference to these truths. To my
great astonishment I found that the passages which speak decidedly for
election and persevering grace were about four times as many as those which
speak apparently against these truths; and even those few, shortly after,
when I had examined and understood them, served to confirm me in the above
doctrines. As to the effect which my belief in these doctrines had on me,
I am constrained to state, for Godís glory, that though I am still exceedingly
weak, and by no means so dead to the lusts of the flesh, and the lust of
the eyes, and the pride of life, as I might and as I ought to be, yet,
by the grace of God, I have walked more closely with Him since that period.
My life has not been so variable, and I may say that I have lived much
more for God than before. And for this have I been strengthened by the
Lord, in a great measure, through the instrumentality of these truths.
Thus, I say, the electing love of God in Christ (when I have been able
to realize it) has often been the means of producing holiness, instead
of leading me into sin. It is only the notional apprehension of such truths,
the want of having them in the heart, whilst they are in the head, which
Let us believe them with all our hearts ó
they are Godís Holy Words.
Let us exalt God who is the only one who can
save sinners like us through His Son Jesus Christ . . . Let us bow before
Him and give Him all the glory.
Let us be humbled before the potter and bow
in the dust before a thrice Holy Sovereign God. (Romans 9)
Let us see how sin has necessitated salvation
by Almighty power. (John 1:13; 3:3, 5-7)
Let us remember that we are chosen to holiness.
Let us preach the gospel to every creature, beseeching
them to believe in Christ for salvation and doing it in dependence
upon God who is the only one who can convict the lost and save the soul.
Unsaved friend, you cannot save yourself.
Call out to God ó He can save you through the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians
Preacher friend, letís preach this long neglected
truth and remember these words:
For Further Study
The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink
All of Grace by C.H. Spurgeon, Moody Press
The Philadelphia Confession of Faith
(A Baptist Confession)
The New Hampshire Confession of Faith [on Election
and Godís Purpose]
(Also a Baptist Confession)
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