Prevenient Grace

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Last but not least, prevenient grace! It is everything irresistible grace isn’t. Done.

No, I’m not leaving you like that.

Prevenient grace is like common grace++. It is available to all people, regardless of saved status, but it is (resistibly) salvific. Wait, what? Let’s back up. Prevenient means preceding in time or order. Thus, prevenient grace is the grace that is available to all people before they are saved that allows them to accept Jesus. However, unlike irresistible grace, people have the ability to accept Christ or not – prevenient grace is like leading a horse to water.

Common grace, by the way, is covered under prevenient grace. While some of the stuff common grace talks about, like divine providence, aren’t included, proponents of prevenient grace believe that it is what is responsible for things like your conscience and civil law and such. Following prevenient grace to the fullness of what it has to offer is what saves a person. Listening to your conscience is considered something of a beginning to that.

Verses to check out:

Phil 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,

Jeremiah 31:3  the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love;     therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

John 16:7-11 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Romans 2:4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

Ezekiel 34:11 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out.

1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.

So. Now you know about these graces. Pray, ask for wisdom and understanding, crack open your Bible and go for it!

– Strings

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Published in: on October 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm  Comments (1)  

It’s Irresistible!

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We’re back with irresistible grace, the “I” in TULIP. Irresistible grace is the idea that you start out with a person predestined by God to have faith, and thus God bestows on him grace. This grace will (not may, will) bring him to the Father. John 6:37 and 6:44, both words of Jesus, support this idea: “All the Father gives to Me, will come to Me”

Irresistible grace means that there is nothing a gal can do either way; she cannot “skip out” on becoming saved any more than she can save herself. The Spirit is doing all the work on her behalf, and she’s just along for the ride (remember, this is called monergism). Romans 9:16 and John 1:12-13 certainly suggest this; proponents of this belief will suggest that every indication we cannot be saved through works (Titus 3:5, etc) also imply this. They suggest that to submit to Christ’s authority is a work, and thus cannot be salvific.

Irresistible grace should not be confused with the doctrine of free grace, sometimes called eternal security. Free grace, which is more about sanctification than justification anyway, says that “once saved, always saved” — if you believe, you are now saved, end of story. You have been called to believe. The call to obey will come at a different time (if at all).

Behavior after salvation is immaterial. You were saved at that convention or revival or whatever it was, now you’re saved. Sounds kinda Calvinist, right? Not so fast — free grace believers think that if you’re not demonstrating fruit, that’s okay. You’re still saved. Calvinists believe that you were never saved in the first place.

Verses to read:

John 10:16 and I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Romans 8:29-30  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,according to the riches of his grace,

Deuteronomy 30:6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

Ezekiel 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Published in: on October 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm  Comments (1)  

Grace, a study

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Grace is all tied up in a lot of other ideas, and anything involving salvation necessarily must involve grace. Therefore, we ought to have a pretty good idea of what grace is by now, right?

Oh, would it be that easy! Grace, at it’s core, is defined as unmerited favor. That much, everyone can agree on. From there it gets hairy. Very hairy.

There is common grace, prevenient grace, free grace, and irresistible grace, and those are just the big ones. I promise, it won’t be as hard as it sounds! It will be fun. And edifying!

We’ll stick with common grace today.

Common grace is grace available to all people, no matter what you believe about predestination, election or even Jesus. You, me, the heathens down the block, etc., all affected by common grace (hence the name). It is also not ‘salvific’ (salvation-inducing) grace: this grace is how God has (mostly) kept the world afloat, since the majority of people are to be presumed unsaved.

Common grace allows people to be “humane,” per this belief. Romans 13 suggests that God certainly has a hand in the civil authorities of man, thereby to keep the peace and establish order. Further, there is precedent for God intervening to prevent sin aside from saving grace: the pharaoh in the story of Abraham and Sarah, and David in the story of Nabal and Abigail. More directly, God has provided even the unbelievers with consciences that they may know right from wrong.

Common grace also includes “divine providence,”  the part where God made everything and made it well. Certainly there is creation; things like rain and sunshine that are for both the good and the evil. Common grace goes further. John 1:3, under the lens of common grace, suggests that things like vaccines and chemo, computers and electric light bulbs, are absolutely a part of God’s providence. He held back humanity from going completely nutso and inspired us to do awesome stuff, aside from any salvific grace that the creators of those things may have had.

So, common grace. Common to all, not saving anybody from hell, but generally preventing people from being totally awful. Potentially a thing.

Published in: on October 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm  Comments (1)  

Unlimited (Kinds of) Atonement

31 days bigA little pun for you.  So from yesterday, limited atonement is the idea that Jesus died to save people completely – his death saved them without any action on their part, and since not all people are saved, we must assume that then his death only functioned for the elect.

But what about 1 John 2:2? or John 3:16? or 1 Timothy 2:5-6? These don’t make any discrepancy about Christ’s death being only for the elect. And a lot of people have a beef with limited atonement: so-called “Four-point Calvinists” think that Limited Atonement is where you ought draw the line.

 

Okay, so what are our other options? They are legion, but they all fall under the heading of “unlimited atonement,” the idea that Christ died for all people, but only some accept that gift. I’m not going to go over every single theory that falls under the heading of unlimited atonement. There are a lot of them, and many of them are kinda the same thing.

 

Here are a few of the interesting / important ones:

 

The particularly Arminian view is governmental atonement, the idea that Heaven is a court from which God judges all men, and the punishment we earned is happening so justice can be meted out. Christ stands in the way of that punishment happening to us.

 

Ransom theory is the idea that Christ was a ransom for us. Ransom is a payment, made to an abductor, to return the abducted to their rightful place. We were kidnapped by Satan at the fall, and Satan demands payment for our return.

 

Christus Victor is a fancy latin phrase that translates “Christ is the winner!” It means that Christ crushed Satan at the cross, the powers of evil were defeated. A war happened, Christ won.

 

Substitutionary atonement (which is popular enough to have sub-categories) is the idea that Jesus died in lieu of someone or something else. Whether that’s the sheep we’d have to sacrifice or our own souls, or a little bit of both, that depends on the flavor of substitutionary atonement you’re talking.

 

Penal substitution specifically suggests that we have broken God’s law. We are standing for punishment, but Christ takes that punishment. He takes what we deserve, and the punishment is over.

 

Satisfaction theory is another form of substitutionary atonement. It means that God is not honored by man’s poor behavior, and sinners die without making it up to Him. On the other hand, Christ died while totally perfect, AND his death glorified God completely – enough to make up the debt for all the sinners. In contrast to penal substitution, adherents believe Jesus wasn’t taking our punishment so much as paying our debt, and thus restoring harmony to the world.

 

Here’s a very small list of relevant Scripture:

 

Matthew 20:28,  Mark 10:45 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many

Romans 3:24-26  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 5:12-21 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.  Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 15:28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all

Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”

1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

Hebrews 9:15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

Hebrews 9:22  Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

 

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Atonement

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Bless the Lord, oh my soul. There are a lot of theories of atonement out there. A *lot* of them. This is going to take a bit.

First there is limited atonement, the Calvinist response. Then there are all the various possibilities when it comes to unlimited atonement. Examples: ransom theory, moral influence theory, satisfaction theory (which is related to penal substitution…)

A few days.

To begin, what is atonement? To make amends for a wrong one has committed, to apologize, to make reparations for. Reparations means to restore or repair something. So the wrong in question is sin, and the thing being restored is our relationship with God. How does that happen?

Guys, I’m holding out an Easy button for you. Yep, Christ’s death on the Cross! YAY!

So any intense theological discussion on atonement is discussing what exactly happened on that Friday on that hill.

Let’s start with limited atonement, the L in TULIP. This is basically another predestination argument, really. Did Christ die for all people, but only if they accept His blood? Or did He completely secure the salvation of those who are part of the elect? We know that not all people end up atoned for, so in which direction is atonement limited?

Those who believe in “limited atonement” think that Christ’s death only secured salvation for some people, but did so completely (as opposed to potentially securing salvation for all people). Meaning that Christ’s death absolves the elect (ahem) without any effort on their part, completely.

Per limited atonement, Christ’s death is said to have actually and completely accomplished salvation, after all, and if salvation had to be accepted, His death only potentially accomplished salvation. Further, He was sent into the world to save those the Father had given to Him.

Some scripture for you:

Romans 5:8-10  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Colossians 1:21-22 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

Titus 2:14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

John 10:14  I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me

Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

Published in: on October 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm  Comments (1)  

Conditional Election

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So how do we reconcile that? The idea that there are chosen people, and a God that wants all people to be saved, and that He knows who will be saved from the beginning?

If one believes in conditional election, the answer is here: the story of the wedding feast. It suggests that the difference is that the elect were willing to come to the feast (even on short notice!) and willing to wear the wedding garments. That’s two choices that they made, choices to be at the wedding and actively participating.

What is conditional election? This Arminian solution is a little something like this: Before the foundation of the world, God chose certain individuals for salvation based on His foreseeing that they would, of their own free will, choose Christ. Conditional election is the idea that God knew (on His timeline) if we would pick up what He was laying down before He laid it down for us (on our timeline). He knew before we were born if we would be saved – not unreasonable – but not because He forced us to. He just knew how we were made and what we would do. Either because He saw the future, or because he just knew, kind of like how I know my son WILL eat an orange if you leave it on the table. Those He foreknew, He added to His elect.

Add these to your pile of Scripture, pray for help, and ponder election. Can I recommend tea? You have a lot of Scripture. (And once you know about election, you’ll see the mystery of it throughout the whole book. It’s beautiful)

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life

John 4:42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

John 6:40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

John 6:51 – I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Acts 13:39 and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 9:30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith;

Ephesians 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

1 Timothy 4:10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

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Unconditional Election

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For the purposes of this argument, we’ll assume that the word “elect” is talking about the saved, unless it’s obviously not. So, how do the elect become elected? As with depravity, there are two flavors: unconditional election (the “U” in TULIP) or conditional election. We’ll start with unconditional.

Unconditional election is the tenet that God’s choice of certain individuals for salvation was not based on any foreseen response of obedience on their part, but was based solely in His good and sovereign will. Got that? Okay, try it this way: God picked out the elect before they were conceived of. It is the nature of total depravity that we could not get out of sin ourselves, but that’s okay: according to unconditional election, God appointed an elect people to help out of the hole of depravity.

Now, many who believe in unconditional election will suggest that God does not damn people; people damn themselves.  It’s just that in His grace and mercy, He does choose to save some. However, it is by nothing that we have done. Only his purpose and grace draw us to him.

Read Romans 9 today, and go through yesterday’s list again. Read with an open mind and the help of the Spirit.

See you tomorrow!

– Liz

Published in: on October 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm  Comments (2)  

Election

Sorry about the ridiculous posting schedule. The flu rages on here, and has consumed both my favorite editor and myself. Ugh. You will get all the posts in the end! Also, if there are any words or concepts you’d like me to cover, please leave a comment! 
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To be elected, to be chosen, to be set apart. I was going to dig straight in to the differences between the Calvinist and Arminian thoughts on election, but my editor pointed out to me that the definition of election is not so black-and-white as that. What the Calvinists and Arminians believe is the same in one sense; both believe that when the Bible speaks of the elect, they are speaking of the saved.

That’s not the only possible interpretation of the word. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word that is the equivalent of election is translated Chosen.

As in the chosen people.

As in the Israelites.

Among other things! Jesus is called chosen. Jerusalem is the chosen city. Angels can be chosen.

Does that withstand looking at just the greek word eklektos, though? Obviously, chosen in the OT can mean many things. I’ll just leave this here: a list of all the verses in which “eklektos,” or “chosen, elect, selected” shows up in the NT.  You don’t have to read them all today. It’s basically the reading list for the next three posts. (Please note Luke 23:35 today, though. It’s pertinent.)

Matthew 22:14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 24:22, 24, 31 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened…For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect… And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Mark 13:20, 22, 27 “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them… For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect…And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

Luke 18:7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

Luke 23:35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him.They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

Romans 8:33, 16:13 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well.

Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience

1 Timothy 5:21  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.

2 Timothy 2:10  Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness

1 Peter 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

1 Peter 2:4,6,9 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious…For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

…But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

2 John 1:1, 13 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth…The children of your elect sister greet you.

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Depravity

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So, once more into the breach! (er, what?) Anyway. Depravity. What is it? Depravity is the separation of man from God, and the will of man to be so apart from Him. The big question is if we have a choice or not, inside of our depravity. Can we surrender to God’s will, even in our sinful state? Do we have free will?

One the side of Total Depravity, Calvinist edition, we know that man has fallen. (Gen 2:16-17) We are desperately wicked, and our hearts are full of sin. We are even slaves to it. There is no one who does good! So it should come as no surprise that God has to drag us to Jesus! Jesus says it twice! Clearly, in man’s fallen state, there is absolutely no way he could ever pick Jesus.

But what about John 1:12? But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Clearly, that implies that human reception of God was active choice. Those Jesus gave the right to become children of God had already received Jesus. Humans seem to get to choose between good and evil.  In places, God begs us to choose the right way, implying he’s not forcing us. In fact, in the story of Moses, it is notable that God made Pharaoh’s heart hard. If Total Depravity is true, would not Pharaoh’s heart have always been hard? It would not have needed hardened!

Further study:

John 20:31 These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Romans 8:29-30  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

1 Peter 1:22-25 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for

“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

Romans 1:6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ

Romans 10:13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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Check Your Bias, Part 2

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You stuck with me through the entire Protestant Reformation! Yay! I hope it was enlightening.

If you remember, the next major kerfluffle we’re going to talk about is the  divide between Arminian and Calvinist theology; the Articles of Remonstrance and the Articles of Reformation, respectively. The main ideas thereof are traditionally presented in the following order: Depravity, Election, Atonement, Grace, and Apostasy (The acronym TULIP that you may have heard associated with Calvinism stands for the stances Calvin takes on these five issues.)

But a few things, before we get started. You might know that the core of all of this, somewhere down deep in the papering of all this theology, is the debate over predestination. To be all official, predestination is the divine fore-ordaining of all that will happen, particularly in reference to salvation.

The main arguments, Calvinism and Arminianism, are built on these five pillars (TULIP and the opposition), and these arguments stand or fall on the strength of those pillars. If one of the pillars doesn’t have Scriptural basis, the whole stance comes into question, since the pillars all go logically together.

Now, certainly it is possible for you to read the Scriptures with bias, to say “I believe that this is true, so I will explain away any Scriptures that appear to disagree with me. I will explain them on the basis of what I have decided to be true.”

Don’t do that. You have the Holy Spirit accessible to you. Ask Parakletos (that’s greek for the Spirit of God) for help. Read Scripture with an open mind and the Holy Spirit in your heart. Consider the possibility that predestination-or-not could be a Divine Mystery, like the Trinity is.

One of the attributes of God is that he is “incomprehensible” – that we can understand Scripture, but we’ll never completely comprehend our infinitely powerful, infinitely perfect, infinitely just, infinitely loving, infinitely…infinite…God. We are blessed beyond measure for searching Him out. He gives us something to boast of, He saves us, for knowing him. But He is also incomprehensible. Another one of those Divine Mysteries!

Ps 145:3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised and his greatness is unsearchable.

Job 26:14 Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?”

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,  neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Rom 11:33-34  Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord,  or who has been his counselor?”

Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

1 Corinthians 2:2  For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Hebrews 8:11-12 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.  For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

Published in: on October 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm  Comments (1)