The Cause and Effect
The girl is holding a type of sail, an innovation that causes her to move quickly as the wind blows. And obvious deduction is that the cause is the wind. The effect, is her movement across the ice. The wind does not blow because she is moving. She is moving because the wind blows. A man does not hit his thumb because he is hollering “ouch”. He yells because he hit his thumb. Simple, but essential to notice. The concept of cause and effect is built into the fabric of all logic and communication. It is seen in the Scriptures very often and is extremely important. Words like "for" "therefore" and "because" are used to make plain the way of salvation. God used words to communicate. The Word, Jesus, spoke clearly, but if we fail to grasp the meaning, we will accept false doctrine. Many evangelicals have been led to believe in salvation by "free-will" because they refuse to accept that God's love is the cause in their salvation. Most are taught that God loves all equally but saves only people who are willing - who choose to be saved. If God only saves people who of their own supposed free-will accept Jesus, then they merit salvation. They deserve to be saved. They have caused God to save them by their willingness. All very nice and neat but is this Biblical?
Study the following verses prayerfully, “seeking to see if these things are so” [Acts ]. Don't begin by assuming you are right. This once, assume you may be wrong, and see if what this chapter teaches is Biblical.
Cause: God loves His own.
Effect: God saves His own.
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting Love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3
The unavoidable conclusion here is that the "thee" [you] of the first part of his equation must be the same "thee" [you] in the second. All who are loved with this everlasting love will be drawn with lovingkindness or the use of "therefore" is meaningless. This is a gospel prophecy relating to salvation. [Jeremiah 31:31-34] and [Hebrews 8:7-13] Why are these people drawn and saved? Evangelicals say because some are willing, others are not. Ridiculous! Willing people do not need to be drawn. These are drawn because God has loved them with an eternal love. What about those now in hell? Does God love them? Can He actually pour out His awesome wrath on tortured souls forever and go on loving them? No, no, no! If everlasting ever means what it says, and God loves all, then God would still love people who are in hell. He doesn't. Even while these people are on earth, "the wrath of God abides upon them." [John 3:36] He sends them away with the words: "I never knew you." Of the elect, it is said “having loved His own...He loved them to the end.” [John 13:1].
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace are ye saved.)” Ephesians 2:4, 5
The problem: we are dead to God. Not free in any way to respond because we are dead. What does God do? He makes us alive together with Christ. When? About 2000 years ago. Why? Because God knew we would be willing? Then you deserve it and are not saved by grace alone. But why? Because of His great love for us. Now if the world loved by God in John includes every person who ever lived and that world is placed into this verse we have heresy. Try it. Replace "us" and "we" with "world" and all will be saved. But the use of "us" and "we" limits the love of God and the effect. Not all are made alive together with Christ. Not all are loved with this great love. God's great love for "us" causes Him to effect our salvation. How are we drawn? With loving kindness as we are quickened. This is also spoken of as regeneration, new birth. If you cherish the so-called notion of "freewill" you harbor a viper. You make yourself the Author of your salvation. God comes Second as the Finisher.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:8-10
Paul is encouraging saints by telling them that because of God's love for them in particular, Christ died for them. Now if Christ died for all, then notice the conclusions you are forced to accept: all are justified, all are reconciled, all are saved. As an exercise, write out Romans 5:8-10, replacing the "us-we" with "world" and you will end up with a saved world. It would look like this:
“But God commendeth his love toward [us] the world, in that while [we] the world were yet sinners, Christ died for [us] the world. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, [we] the world shall be saved from wrath through him. For if when [we] the world were enemies, [we] the world were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, [we] the world shall be saved by his life.” Rom 5:8-10
But these people who were loved, these "ungodly," weak sinners were legally pardoned and accepted by God as children, not because of faith (faith was the channel) but because of the blood shed. The Greek tense used, indicates that all of these people who were loved were justified by the blood and accepted by God at once, 2000 years ago. Paul's encouraging application of this truth: you can't be lost and endure wrath as long as Jesus is alive. You are kept safe by His life in glory! What security! Paul is saying that the death of Jesus did more than provide possibilities. The blood was shed for all whom God loved with an everlasting love. It actually justifies and secures all for whom it was shed. Much more then, if Jesus justified and reconciled all of "us" through His death, "we" are all kept safe by His life. So, the CAUSE, God's love: the EFFECT, He justifies them through the blood of Jesus. The RESULT they are secure.
“We love Him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4: 19
As simple and clear a statement as you can find. God loved us first, we love Him only because He first loved us. It is all or nothing. If God loves "all" with this everlasting love why does He not draw, make alive and justify "all" by the blood? But the Bible clearly states that God loves "us" and because of this cause certain effects always take place. We are made alive and love Him. We are not here discussing why some are saved and not others, or God's right to elect and love only some. God owes no man any love at all. The Bible is clear on these subjects elsewhere. But in these verses it is obvious, as firm as laws of nature, that where there is a cause, there is an effect. I am not saved because I choose to love God, that is works. I love and chose God because He first loved me. That is grace and that is why this study is so important.
"But ye believe not because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you." John 10:26
Why did some not know Jesus as the Christ? In spite of the incredible miracles, they did not hear Him, understand Him, or believe in Him, Well, you say, they were unwilling, while others were more willing. That my friend, does not answer the real question "WHY?" By saying that they were unwilling, you have only summed up what has already been said, repeating the obvious. I already know they are unwilling. I ask WHY? What is the real cause? "Because ye are not of my sheep." The sheep always hear and follow the Shepherd. These were not sheep. If they had been "chosen in Him before the foundation if the world" [Ephesians 1:4] they would have heard His voice and followed Him, sooner or later. They were not sheep. They could not believe. Why? Even sheep could not come to Jesus unless the Father was drawing. “No man can come to Me except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." [John 6:44] Are you a good Bible student? Careful! Do you accept what is written or are you blinded by what you already have been taught? It says: "no man can come"! Romans , 11 adds, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one: There is none that understandeth there is none that seeketh after God." Is this true or not? So no one can come, understand God, or seek God. There is no ability, no freedom of the will, no way they can come. But why are some saved and not others? Because of God's great love, because they are lost sheep hearing His voice as He quickens them and draws them.
So the wind fills the sails and the ship moves. Others are in a lull, drifting. The wind does not scoot around finding ships that are moving, filling their sails to make a pretty picture. The ships move as caused by the wind. The effect is seen in John 3:3-8 as people are born into the Kingdom. The Bible makes statements that at first glance seem to teach "free-will" but immediately corrects any such foolishness. Here are two examples:
“He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons if God even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:11-13
People say to me: "But God gave man the right to choose." Says who? Where does the Bible say that? You have been taught to say that. You have heard it so often from so many teachers you assume it must be true. But check it out! God did give Adam a choice. Adam chose to die. We died with him and are born with this nature. Spiritually dead people don't make any choices, except to go on sinning, because they are dead to God and, alive to sin. So this text tells us we must receive Him, and in John 3 that we must be born-again, but it is wrong to assume that we are able to receive Him. A child must be born to enter this world but who conceives, bears and labors? Not the helpless infant for sure! The whole illustration of new birth is absurd if you believe in "free-will." No child chooses to be conceived or born. Are you reluctant to accept the point made by Jesus in using birth as an illustration that no one is born again by their own will? Look at verse #13, “which were born, not of blood nor the will if the flesh, nor the will if man, but if God."
Whose will is the cause of your salvation? God's will. The effect is being born again. Drawn by His love you see and enter the Kingdom. The notion of free-will exalts man because man elects God and God only ratifies man's choice. Glory to God, it is not so at all. God is able to save who He wants, when He wants, and where He wants, "according to the good pleasure if his will." Ephesians 1:5, 9, 11
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to to do of his good pleasure." Phillppians 2:12, 13
In case any might take "work out" as an indication of free-will, Paul immediately adds: "it is God who worketh in you both to wilt and to do." If this is true after conversion, when I am made free in Christ, it must be even more so before conversion when I am a slave to sin.
To help you understand that this is taught by the Lord, read and put into your own words Romans - Romans . Be fair in assessing what you write, if you hold to typical evangelical teachings, you will be tempted to write a summary of Romans 9 that is not accurate or fair. And don't suggest that "foreknow" means "to know about." It simply does not and never will. It means that God actually "knew" and had a relationship with those who are "Chosen in Christ before the foundation if the world" Ephesians 1:4. Also, while Jacob and Esau became types of good and evil people, in Romans 9:11, Paul speaks of two children in a womb. Saying that Paul is referring to nations, does not alter the fact that these two were actual children in a womb, having made absolutely no moral choices as a record for God to "elect by". His purpose in election was that He might receive the credit and glory for the salvation of Jacob. Think twice, no, pray thrice, before you cast off this teaching. It is right there before your eyes. Without this election, you will end up with salvation by works, even if that work is only the "decision" to accept Jesus. And the foolish notion of election based on foreknowledge is destroyed by this clear passage. Accept it! Glorify God! Bring your thinking and theology in line with your heart. If you are saved, the Spirit has already taught you that salvation is by grace, God's work. Now you understand how. This chapter has proclaimed salvation, not of the will of man, but by God's will. We will now try to answer, scripturally, some of the questions you may have as a result of this study of God's Word.
Slavery is one of the many powerful illustrations God uses to describe salvation. In this picture we see our helpless condition, our lostness and God’s provision in Christ for our deliverance. More than just pictures these are real events in the lives of those who are saved by grace. The following verses leave no room for the teaching that man can help himself. The conclusions as you study each verse are the same. Man is not free and in control of his own destiny. Man is a slave, in chains, guilty, and in debt. He needs to be set free.
“For when ye where the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:20-22
If a doctrine is repeated often enough, even in
evangelical circles, people accept it. The notion of man's free-will is like
that. For hundreds of years, only the Catholic Church and liberals exalted man
to a position of control. But now, by repetition, this free-will teaching is
generally accepted. Stop! Consider: all of God's pictures of salvation, yes
We have been legally redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. This was more than an illustration to the churches back then. In the markets they saw chained slaves; some purchased, other set free when their debt was paid. This was redemption, well known and legal.
"And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation; and hast made us unto God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." Revelation 5:9-10
There is only one way this verse can be accepted. Jesus Christ actually purchased (Greek word) for Himself a people by His blood. Read slowly: Think carefully, Jesus Christ did not merely provide the possibility of redemption for all while securing none! He "loved the church and gave himself for it."
[Ephesians 5:25] He purchased his own people by His blood. I, a slave by my immense debt of sin and by nature, have been purchased by Jesus. Not all have been purchased. You have most likely been taught that Jesus died for all and then leaves the decision in your hands. At first this sounds very generous. Jesus died for all. But, tragically, what an ineffective death. As effective as throwing a life line to a floating dead man and saying “makeup your mind.” If we apply the blood by our choice we do more than Jesus did. He provides only a possibility, we secure our forgiveness by our decision. Dare you limit the atonement of Jesus to providing only possibilities? No! No! NO! Jesus was successful in His agony, purchasing by His blood the very people He set out to. Who? Let Him answer. John 17:9, 23, 28
(9) "I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
(23) I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them as thou hast loved me.
(28) And I have declared unto them, thy name, and will declare it: that the Love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."
Only one view is true. Take your pick. Blood that did not definitely pay, for anybody's sins, removed no wrath did not secure anyone OR an atonement that was specific and gloriously effective. Jesus finished the work given to Him, saving His people from their sins. [Matthew 1:21] Where does our will come in? God takes slaves who have been paid for, purchased, whose sins are covered by the blood and applies the benefits. How? By His Spirit who enters within a blood bought child, setting him free from the power of sin. Suppose one who Jesus died for were to refuse Him? (For a while we all do, but only until God decides to save.) “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.” (Psalms 110:3) Do you still hold to freewill?
Consider--- “You hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins” [Ephesians 2:1]. An ugly reality - death! Since when do people sit up and ask for life, making a decision as they rot!? Ever since Pelegius an ancient theologian promoted his false doctrine. Ever since Catholics and liberals championed free-will and Finney invented the "altar call," dead people do sit up and choose life, but, certainly not in Biblical times when Jesus made Lazarus alive without even asking for his permission or waiting for his decision. Man always has a love affair with the doctrine of self-determination. He likes to think he controls his own destiny. God is not amused.
Well, the Bible teaches the opposite. All are dead to God, slaves of sin, by nature children of wrath, actively choosing to go to hell. God makes alive those who are “chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world.” [Ephesians 1:4] God is in control of our destiny, complete control. If God did not barge in, break down the doors of our hearts, making us alive as He captures our wills, none would be saved. Isn't it weird that God takes the strongest possible picture of man's helpless condition - death, and man still twists it around so he supposes he is actually “free.” Consider again Lazarus, three days dead and buried. Jesus elected him for life, calling out "Lazarus come fort.” Lazarus came alone. Only he was called. He didn't give himself life, hear the call and make a decision. Absurd. But this is how evangelicals today explain the gospel. You wonder why God bothered with all of these illustrations. Nobody seems to take seriously what they teach us about our lost and helpless state. Some say that God leads man to a point of decision. Nonsense, non-Biblical nonsense. You prove it! Is Paul one of your examples? He was unceremoniously knocked off of his feet and blinded for three days by God’s sovereign will, it wasn't something he asked for. Was God a gentleman to this hardened rebel? Or Jacob, Jeremiah, and John the Baptist who were chosen and separated before birth? The use of death to describe our position before we are saved was deliberate. What God was saying hurts and humbles. Do we hear Him or contradict with our own doctrine of humanistic free will and self-destiny. These are more than pictures, they are facts. We are pronounced dead in Adam, we have been made alive in Christ, not just possibly alive, depending on our choice, but truly alive.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And Let him that heareth say, Come. And Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17
"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the Last day." John 6:37, 39, 44
There you see! The Bible teaches free-will after all! Say what? Free-will? Here? In this verse? Look again, my friend. It says whoever desires (Greek), let him come. Let me ask you, why do people not come to church and to Christ? Romans says, “there is none that understandeth; there is none that seeketh after God.” Why is there so little thirst for God? Because people are spiritually dead! They do not hunger and thirst for righteousness because they are slaves to sin. They love this world until God bursts in upon them. Revelation teaches only one simple truth: any who desire Jesus will be received, regardless of who they are. But John 6 teaches as spoken by the Word Himself:
All that the Father gives to Jesus
will come to Him
All who come are accepted
All will be kept safe and raised up
All are unable unless God draws
So the few passages that some try to use to prove free-will actually teach only that God turns no one away who comes to Him through Jesus. They also teach that no one can come, unless the Father draws, and this obviously does not happen to many who hear the gospel, and others who don't have the opportunity. We also learn that Jesus will lose none of His blood bought, redeemed and purchased sheep because He comes to dwell in them by His Spirit. These ones who are given to Jesus were God's eternal possession, given to Jesus because He died for them, making full legal payment specifically for their sinful debt. If you say Jesus paid for all, He suffered for nothing in most cases. You devalue what Jesus did. Jesus was then in agony on the cross for the sins of Jezebel, even as she was paying for her own sins, in hell. You teach that there are souls in hell for whom Jesus paid? Impossible! A horrible view that renders much of the agony of Jesus as worthless. The rest of His agony is worth only as much as I make it by my free-will signature. I save Jesus from further embarrassment by saying "yes." Most refuse Jesus and He "can't get satisfaction. "No! God forbid! Isaiah said so prophetically: “He shall see the travail of his soul and be satisfied.” [Isaiah 53: 11] Jesus will be supremely satisfied with the elect in glory. No missing persons reports. No pictures on milk cartons. No mansion for rent.
So slaves need to be set free. The dead need to be made alive. God is intelligent enough to have developed other illustrations that teach choice of the freedom of the will, had He so desired. God deliberately uses slavery and death to humble us with truth about our desperate need. One last direct word: You need to be born again, “which were born, not of blood, nor of the wilt of the flesh; not of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13. Accept these plain words literally. Not of your supposed free-will, but "of God." Need still more proof? Still not convinced? Listen to. Paul, inspired by God:
"So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy." Romans 9:16
“Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for: but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded...” Romans 11:9
Please consider prayerfully, carefully. Do not harden your heart against these words of God. Evangelicals claim to be the only true teachers of salvation by grace. Through this deception, popularized by Satan in the last hundred years, this supposed free-will, we now deny “the election of grace” and promote the “election by man's free-will.” If you deny Biblical election, you deny grace and promote works. So dangerous and serious an error. I realize many believe they are truly giving God glory in praising Him for their deliverance from death and slavery. But their free-will theology tells a different story. They are saved by their decision, a choice they made in God's favor. Give all the glory to God, all the credit, by your theology as well as in your prayer. If you are saved, believing in Jesus, it is because He died for you, paid the price in full, and is applying that finished work to you through His Spirit, not simply because you were willing while others are not. God should thank you. You helped Him out by your decision to accept Jesus. God couldn't save you without your help and the Almighty should be eternally grateful. Perhaps you should bow your head now and ask Him to give you a broken, contrite heart and a thankful teachable spirit. Praise Him for His undeserved favor.
Did Jesus Save His People?
I assume there are still Christians who want to grow spiritually and that you have this desire. In Acts “They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” And so must we! A Christian who wants to focus on Jesus and have sweet fellowship with other saints while avoiding progress in doctrine will remain immature and weak. This chapter establishes salvation by grace, verse by verse, from the Scriptures.
Because of the many watered down doctrines so popular today you may be tempted to turn away. Do not close your mind. Seek to truly understand and evaluate the teaching of this booklet in the light of the Word. New teaching, because of its newness, can be very frightening to Christians, so they become defensive. There is no danger to those who study the Bible carefully. The one very real danger is a prejudiced, closed mind. Acts 17 records the reaction of two groups to new teaching. In Thessalonica, the serious, outwardly God-fearing Jews did not for a moment consider that new teachers with new doctrine, could ever be right. They leaped to the conclusion that because it was new to them it must be wrong. The Bereans, when confronted with the new teaching:
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts
When we are exposed to new teaching, the Berean, and most edifying response, is to search the Scriptures with minds that are honestly open. It remains a very safe approach because we turn for verification not to our existing beliefs, or the new teachers, but to God through His Word. Now if the Bereans had searched the Scriptures set to prove the new teaching wrong, they would have been unable to either understand or evaluate it. The Bereans could have locked the new teaching out of their minds and hearts by assuming they already knew all there was to know about God and salvation. But by God's grace, they were open to the truth and guided by the Word. A child of God has nothing to fear when exposed to new doctrine except the very real danger of a closed mind. Indwelt by the Spirit, a mature Christian will seek to fully understand first and only then evaluate new doctrine. Do not evaluate the teaching of election by the imperfect light of what you already accept as truth but by the perfect light of the Word. It is sad but true, many believers have historically remained in churches with false teaching because they lacked the fair-minded Berean attitude. A true child of God has nothing to fear but fear itself when studying new doctrine, providing there is an open, humble and prayerful turning to God's Word. From Acts we observe the obvious about the Bereans:
They were devout God-fearing people;
New teachers came to them with new teaching;
they searched the Scriptures daily, that is,
with a real interest and effort: carefully, without prejudice;
they grew in knowledge.
The Thessalonians, assuming the new
teaching wrong, quoted a few favorite verses to prove their point. They clearly
lost the debate, became angry, and created a riot, throwing the new teaching
and teachers out. The Bereans were incredibly
different. They searched the Scriptures, as did the others who rejected the
truth, but they searched them TO
The most important question you
could ever be asked is this: WHAT DID
JESUS ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISH BY HIS SUFFERINGS,
1. JESUS DIED FOR
JESUS DIED, PROVIDING A POSSIBILITY FOR
LOVING HIS OWN, LAID DOWN HIS
WHAT DID JESUS ACCOMPLISH AT
Pause, think, pray! This is the most important subject you will ever study! The wrong answer will seriously affect your spiritual growth and stability in all other areas. Pray for an openness to the Bible. Rest assured, what is presented here is not new teaching. Historically it has been preached by a host of mighty men of God. It is being recovered in this century by fair-minded Bereans who study diligently. Don't disregard this chapter! Pick up your Bible. Prayerfully seek to prove what is taught as true: that Jesus did effectively secure by His Blood, His particular people. Don't hurry. Pray for God's light and truth to be your guide.
Among the most religiously proud and
racially prejudiced people who ever lived were the Jews of Palestine in the
time of Christ. To speak of a Gentile dog was abhorrent. To rub shoulders with
a half-Jewish Samaritan required a bath and change of clothes. God hated
Gentiles and loved the children of
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36
Now how does the love for the world in , fit into the wrath of . Simple and obvious. Jesus used “world” to say to Nicodemus, the racist Jew, that God loved people from every tribe and tongue and nation, while His just wrath abided upon those, even the favored Israelites, who didn't believe in the Son. It is sloppy Bible interpretation to assume the meaning of a word such as “world” without comparing passages. You see, there are two kinds of verses that describe God's attitude to humans, the work of Jesus in redemption, verses that speak of the love of God and the work of Jesus in wide and open terms. And then other verses that tell us of a very particular love and particular work of redemption.
“Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” Ephesians - [Read John -15]
“As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and lay down my life for the sheep." Verse 15
Every word is inspired with no
coincidences in Biblical language. Why, I ask you, why are there two kinds of
verses and words relating to salvation? The universal, wide open and the limited verses? One could say it
is a matter of chance but of course not. Another might say that as Jesus died
for the world He also died for the Saints and both terms are appropriate. But I
ask you, why is God not consistent using always the wide open and universal
language? If Jesus really died for every person who ever lived, the Bible
should always say
so. I should never read in my
Bible any limited language. But I do! Often! Why? John 17:2 says Jesus had authority to give eternal life only to as many as the Father had given
to him? And He prayed for His own deliberately not praying for the world? [John 17:2-9] And, why so often is the
word “many” used instead of “all”? Hebrews
Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many" Why not
"'all?" Is this pure chance? A slip on God's part? Or is God
making two different points, saying to, the prejudiced Jews that Jesus died for
the whole world in that He was the Messiah for all nations and at the same time saying Jesus was very specific and definite in
dying for His sheep. He did not die for every person who ever lived but for a
definite elect, “many.” This explanation of a seeming contradiction solves
problems left unanswered by the other views. Those who suffer eternally justly
pay for their own sins but Jesus, was successful in
redeeming His people. Because “God so loved the world” they are people
from every tribe and tongue and nation, not just the nation of
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF GOD ACCORDING TO
If you believe in salvation by grace alone, this is a crucially important question! Please study this chapter carefully with an open heart, mind and Bible. If you deny clear teaching on the “election of grace” you are actually drilling holes in your own belief in salvation by grace alone. To defend evangelical salvation by grace and remain consistent, you must believe in election. Salvation is either by God's “election of grace” or foreseen “work of our good and free will.” You may not agree yet, but at least be informed of this teaching of Christ and the Apostles. So, why believe in election?
1. IT IS BIBLICAL.
More than 127 times, the Bible
records God's choice of nations and\or individuals.
God's election of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the nation of
2. ELECTION IS A WORD WITH A MEANING.
Dictionary definition: “1. Carefully selected: chosen.
3. ELECTION IS A DOCTRINE WITH A HISTORY.
A few failed to evangelize because of an unbalanced view, but the past 400 years have revealed that the most normal mission works, revivals, and reformations took place along with an emphasis on this doctrine.
To point out a very few: the Reformation in Germany, Holland, Scotland, England, Switzerland, the revivals in the 1700's, and again in the 1800's, the missionary movement itself, with Wm. Carey as the “father”, the glorious hymns written, all of this was the Work of God through people who held strongly to the doctrine of election, and preached it with fervor. Now notice the company you keep when you reject it in favor of free-will. Roman Catholics, Mormons, Watchtower, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Communists, Humanists, ProChoice, Spiritism, Christian Science, New-Age, Moonies, Armstongism, etc. These all love and champion free-will. They all hate election because election humbles the pride of man and exalts God.
4. ELECTION IS A TRUTH, BIBLICAL, A
Romans will show how essential this doctrine is in upholding salvation by grace. Wrong views of election lead to a denial of grace.
So election is Biblical, a word with definite meaning. Election is also a doctrine with a history of support, hate and purpose. Now turn to the following Scriptures to understand and apply it in your life.
“The lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any other people; for ye were the fewest of all people.” Deuteronomy 7:7
Clearly not a case of foreseen willingness, faith, or strength. God did foresee their whole sinful future and chose them in spite of it. His election was sovereign. They are not consulted.
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that ye should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain.” John 15:16
What a simple and final statement. This verse alone proves Biblical election. Accept it and all it implies. Note carefully, saying that God, elected those that He saw would be willing is a way of denying God's election and replacing it with ratification.
You say God knew we would choose Him and ratify our, choice? Sounds, nice, but that is not what Jesus said. The Word Himself, the ultimate communicator, Jesus could have taught clearly that the disciples were more willing than the Pharisees and so God rubber stamped their decisions by His election of them. Then how ridiculous for Jesus to say: “Ye have not chosen me!” All the wishful thinking in the theological world will not make this verse read “I knew you would choose me, I am grateful and have therefore chosen you!!” There are dreamers who wish it did.
“According as He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we, should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us to unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will to the praise of the glory of his grace wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." Ephesians 1:4-6
“I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.” John 17:6
To deny what is stated here is to be theologically liberal. These verses are so clear that unless you don't understand English or have a dictionary you have no excuse. Notice how most preachers today, by the time they interpret these verses to us simple folk, have contradicted what is written. One evangelical Baptist said: I know election is in the Bible but I hate it. Most people have never really thought about it, they just accept whatever they have been taught. Yet even that is no excuse when such clear verses are before us all. I refuse to make any comment on the above verses. They don't need any interpretation. Just accept what is written. So it is clear the Bible teaches election. It is a fact of eternal history. God elected us.
Nowhere is election to salvation attributed to man. But why? Some say that “whosoever will" is written on the outside of the gate and "election" on the inside, when we get to heaven. Sure. But why is your Bible so full of the teaching here and now, before we reach the pearly gate? There must be a very good reason.
“For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to, election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth.” Romans 9:11
then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of
grace.” (vs. 7) “What then?
Notice the extreme care of the Spirits logic through Paul. The purpose in God in election is that Jacob personally would be saved by grace not works.
· The reference to the children was specific. They were both morally innocent when God decided which to love and which to hate.
· God knew from eternity that Jacob would be more deceitful than Esau but chose Jacob by grace in spite of his unwillingness.
· To say it refers only to nations is to deny that two literal men were in the womb as moral equals when God decided their futures.
· The only Jews or Gentiles ever saved were “Those whom He foreknew” and none other.
· The rest were blinded by God, language which leaves no room for denial.
· The “election of grace” was what determined who was saved.
· Both Esau and Jacob by nature chose to reject God, election to go to hell. God deliberately left Esau' and elected Jacob.
Romans is one of the most important passages. Lay it beside Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Please, compare these scriptures. If you are a born again evangelical deep down in your heart you know salvation is by grace, by undeserved favor from God. You know you deserve hell and that your faith is “not that of yourself” but God's work in you.
Now I ask you to bring your theology into line with what the Spirit has already taught you. You were chosen by God through what is called the “election of grace” just as Jacob was. If what most teach today is true, you and Jacob both have much reason to boast. Others are not willing. God saw you both would be willing and “elected” you. No. No. NO. God hates such false teaching. It humiliates Him and gives man the credit for salvation. It is no longer grace but our foreseen work of deciding for Jesus that makes the difference. Please, pray about it and consider: What does the Bible teach? What is more humbling to us and more glorifying to God? Our choosing God, or the way He has elected, selected, and chosen for Himself a people who did not deserve it at all? God's anger with our false doctrine is evident in our weakened churches. God will not bless a gospel that denies Him the sovereign right to save whom He wants when He wants. You will say then to me, what about the verse:
“For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29
Most people seek to escape the many other verses by squeezing this one. Note, it does not say “those whom He knew would decide for Jesus he also predestinated.” So don't try to make it say that. Many cults mess with the Bible like that. Leave it to them. It does say: that God had an intimate and very real relationship with certain people in eternity. To know in Hebrew included the oneness of sexual relations, a complete intimacy. Ephesians 1:4 tells us we were chosen before creation. John 17, that we were God's property in eternity and that were given to Jesus Christ because He paid for our sins on the tree, praying for His elect only and not for the whole world.
“And as many as were ordained to eternal life believed” Acts
Not the other way around! Of course, this never dampened the evangelism in Acts. The doctrine of eternal election humbled them, assured them, that they were eternally safe in Christ, and it encouraged them to preach expecting the guaranteed results of God's electing work. Also, it doesn't lead the “elect” to live in sin because they are so safe and secure in Christ.
“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13
The doctrine of election may lead some who are not born again, to take liberties, but not any of the elect in Christ who are born from above. Only the non-elect view grace as a license to sin.
I stress again, this is of crucial importance to you and the whole of Christians today. We have lost power and are weak because of the man-centered, other gospel, believed by many. What is at stake is salvation by grace alone! That's why Roman Catholics championed free-will against the Reformation teaching that salvation was by the “election of grace.” How have the mighty doctrines fallen on hard times! Become a friend of the biblical gospel truth of election. Share it with others. It is important, and only the Devil would have you think it not. Listen to C. H. Spurgeon,
“Some of you have never preached on election since you were ordained. “These things are offensive” you say. And so you would rather offend God than offend man. But you reply “These things will not be practical.” I do think that the climax of all man's blasphemy is centered in that utterance. Tell me that God put a thing in the Bible that I am not to preach! You are finding fault with God. But you say, “It is dangerous.” What? God's truth dangerous? I should not like to stand in your shoes when you have to face your Maker...God gave me this great Book to preach from, and if He has put anything in it you think is not fit, go and complain to Him,not to me. I am simply His servant. Let me tell you, the reason so many of our churches are declining is just because this doctrine has hot been preached..”
C. H. Spurgeon
CHARLES H. SPURGEON, THE "PRINCE" OF PREACHERS
He is known as the “prince of
preachers” ministering as a fervent evangelist and warm hearted pastor in
1. GOD IS SOVEREIGN
Is there a man here who kicks against divine sovereignty? It is a testing doctrine, and if he does not receive it, it shows that his pride is not out of him. [1:228] No doctrine in the whole Word of God has more excited the hatred of mankind than the truth of the absolute sovereignty of God. The fact that “the Lord reigneth” is indisputable, and it is this fact that arouses the utmost opposition in the un-renewed human heart. [58:13] Most men quarrel with this. But mark that the thing that you complain of in God is the very thing that you love in yourselves. Every man likes to feel that he has a right to do with his own as he pleases. We all like to be little sovereigns. Oh, for a spirit that bows always before the sovereignty of God. [4:82] There is no attribute of God more comforting to His children than the doctrine of divine sovereignty. On the other hand, there is no doctrine more hated by worldlings. [2: 185] When men hear the Lord's voice saying: “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy” (Romans ) they gnash their teeth and call the preacher an Antinomian, a Hyper-Calvanist or some other hard name. They do not love God except they can make Him a little God. They cannot bear for Him to be supreme. They would gladly take His will away from Him and set up their own will. [18:214]
2. THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST.
If it were Christ's intention to save all men, how deplorably has he been disappointed! [4:316] I would rather believe a limited atonement that is efficacious (effective) for all men for whom it was intended, than a universal atonement that is not efficacious for anybody, except the will of men be joined to it. [4:70] Some say all men are Christ's by purchase. But beloved, you and I do not believe in a sham redemption which does not redeem. We do not believe in a universal redemption which ends even to those who were in hell before the Savior died, and which includes the fallen angels as well as unrepentant men. We believe in an effectual redemption, and can never agree with those who should teach us that Christ's blood was shed in vain. [48:303] Some insist that Christ died for everybody. Why then are not all men saved? Because all men will not believe? That is to say that believing is necessary in order to make the blood of Christ effective in redemption. We hold that to be a great lie. We believe that Christ only redeemed those men who will ultimately attain unto eternal life. We do not believe that He poured out His life blood for souls already in hell. We never can imagine that Christ suffered in the stead of all men, and that afterward these same men have to suffer for themselves that in fact Christ pays their debts, and then God makes them pay their debts over again; We think that the doctrine that men by their will give efficacy to the blood Christ is derogatory to the Lord Jesus. We rather hold that He laid down His life for His sheep... this secured the salvation of every one of them. [10:309]
3. THE ELECTION OF GRACE
You must first deny the authenticity and full inspiration of the Holy Scripture before you can legitimately and truly deny election. [3:130] I believe that the man, who is not willing to submit to the electing love and sovereign grace of God has great reason to question whether he is a Christian at all, for the spirit that kicks against that, is the spirit of the un-humbled, un-renewed heart. [5:524] Who is to have authority in the matter of gracious adoption? The children of wrath? Surely not; and yet all men are such! No, it stands to reason, to common sense, that none but the parent can have discretion to adopt. [10:488]
It seems inexplicable to me that those who claim free will so very boldly for man should not, also allow some free will to God. Why should not Jesus Christ have the right to choose His own bride? [13:412] I believe in divine election, because somebody must have the supreme will in this matter, and man's will must not occupy the throne, but the will of God.[48:294] Your damnation is your election not God's...I can never cease to wonder that God has elected me. [5: 119, 14:350]
From the Word of God, I gather that damnation is all of man from top to bottom, and salvation is all of grace, from first to last. He that perishes chooses to perish; but he that is saved is saved because God has chosen to save him. [34:538] A controversialists once said, “If I thought God had chosen people, I should not preach.” That is the very reason I do preach. What would make them inactive is the very mainspring of my earnestness. If the LORD HAD NOT A PEOPLE TO BE SAVED, I SHOULD HAVE LITTLE TO CHEER ME IN MY MINISTRY. [36:551] But say others, “God has elected them on the foresight of their faith.” Now, God gives faith, therefore he could not have elected them on account of faith which He foresaw. [1: 317] Can you, 0 rejecter, cast election out of the Bible? Would you be like the woman at the feet of Solomon, and have the child rent in halves that you might have your half? Is it not here in Scripture? [1:315,316] Rebellion against divine election is often founded on the idea that the sinner has a sort of right to be saved, and this is to deny the full desert of sin. [24:302]
Some of you have never preached on election since you were ordained. “These things are offensive” you say. And so you would rather offend God than offend man. But you reply “these things will not be practical.” I do think that the climax of all man's blasphemy is centered in that utterance. Tell me that God put a thing in the Bible that I am not to preach! You are finding fault with God. “But you say it will be dangerous.” WHAT! God's TRUTH dangerous?! I should not like to stand in your 'shoes when you have to face your Maker on the day of judgment after such an utterance as that [3:432], God gave me this great book to preach from, and if He has put anything in it you think is not fit, go and complain to Him, not to me. Let me tell you the reason many of our churches are declining is just because this doctrine has not been preached. [4:340] But, you say: “lest they should make an ill use thereof.” That is popish doctrine. It was upon that very theory that the priests kept back the Bible from the people. They did not give it to them lest they should misuse it. [51:49] Whatever may be said about the doctrine of election, it is written in the Word of God as with an iron pen, and there is not getting rid of it. To me, it is one of the sweetest and most blessed truths in the whole of revelation.
Those who are afraid of it are so because they do not understand it. If they could but know that the Lord had chosen them, it would make their hearts dance for joy. [39:374-5]
An old woman told John Newton she was sure that God chose her before she was born, for He never would have chosen her afterwards, and I think there is some truth in that remark. [43:416] Should any here, supposing themselves to be children of God, imagine that there is some reason in them why they should have been chosen, let them know that as yet they are in the dark concerning the first principles of grace, and have not yet learned the gospel. [3:146] How is it that some of us are converted, while our companions in sin are left to persevere in their godless career? Was there anything good in us that moved the heart of God to save us? God forbid that we should indulge in the blasphemous thought. 
4. GOD'S POWER TO SAVE
I take it that the highest proof of Christ's power is not that He offers salvation, that He bids you take it if you will, but that when you reject it, when you hate it, when you despise it, He has a power whereby He can change your mind, make you think differently from your former thoughts, and turn you from the error of your ways. [3:35] I believe that Christ came into the world, not to put them where they could save themselves, but to do the work in them and for them, from the first to last. If I did not believe that there was power going forth with the Word of Jesus which makes men willing, and which turns them from the error of their ways by the mighty, overwhelming, constraining force of divine influence, I should cease to glory in the cross of Christ.  If God should please, the Holy Spirit could at this moment make every one of you fall on your knees, confess your sins, and turn to God. He is an Almighty Spirit, abode to do wonders.  I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of their own free-will return to Christ. My hope lies another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, “You are Mine, and you shall be Mine, I claim you for Myself.” My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will. [29:188]
A WORD FROM THIS PASTOR:
This little article is sent forth with the prayer
that God will return us to Biblical Christianity. We do have a doctrine of
“easy believism,” in the pulpits of