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CHOSEN TO BE HOLY

Samuel A CainEven as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (Ephesians 1:4-5 ESV)

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16 ESV)

God is holy and therefore, is not apathetic about sin. Because God is holy, He cannot be appeased by the sinner’s own works. The God of the Bible takes sin so seriously that our own efforts cannot erase the guilt of our sin. Only a holy God can deal with it. The example of the holiness we need in our lives was found in the life of Christ. In Christ we have the holiness of the invisible God lived out in human life, conduct, and character. Through the atoning work of Jesus Christ, God has forgiven our sins that we may take part in His holiness.

Salvation is in Christ. If you are saved, it is because God has forgiven you and imparted to you the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The natural man has the choice placed before him, but he does not choose Christ because his natural inclination is opposed to the things of God. The natural man, left to himself, chooses the things of this world. God, however, chooses to have mercy on some. God sends the Holy Spirit to change the natural inclination of men’s hearts – not according to works or “good deeds” – this is solely based on God’s mercy. “… Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:4-6 ESV)

If you have received God’s mercy through faith in Jesus Christ, you will begin to desire to live a holy life. You will not say “Because I have received mercy, I will live anyway I want to”. This is self-deception and evidence of one who does not belong to Christ. Those who receive salvation through God’s grace however, will want to live a life of moral righteousness. They will not live perfectly holy lives, but they will want to and strive consistently for it. Even so, God in His mercy will view His chosen through the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

It is wonderful to know that what I cannot do for myself – God will. All honor and glory belong to our God!

 

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  3. PREDESTINATION? GRACE ALONE? BY STEVE FINNELL

    Did God foreordain those who would receive salvation and predestined all others to eternity in hell? Are men saved by, grace alone, due the the fact God imputes to, a chosen few, faith so that they might be saved? No, He does not!

    The church of Christ was predestined for salvation. Individuals were not predestined, preordained or preselected to become a part of the body of Christ. All men have a choice to accept or reject Jesus as Lord and savior.

    Ephesians 1:1-15……5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ…..(NASB)

    God predestined all who would believe in Jesus as the Christ to have eternal life. God did not select a few men to be saved and all others to burn in hell.

    John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.(NASB)

    In order to support to the position of those who believe that men are saved by a system of “GRACE ALONE- PREDESTINATION” by which God gives faith to a few to be saved, you would have to rewrite John 3:16.

    THE REWRITE: John 3:16 “For God so loved a selected few of the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that those He imputes faith to, shall not perish, but have eternal life.(MAN-MADE TRADITION)

    1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.(NASB)

    God desires all men to saved. All men includes every man.

    2 John 2:1-2 …..Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not only for ours only, but those of the whole world.

    Jesus was the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Jesus did not shed His blood for only a selected few.

    To take the position of, predestination, would mean that men are not responsible for their unforgiven sins. How could men be charged for sins that they have no opportunity to have forgiven.

    IF MEN HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY IN REJECTING JESUS OR ACCEPTING FORGIVENESS THROUGH HIM, THAT WOULD MAKE MEN MERE PUPPETS OF GOD.

    PREDESTINATION-SALVATION BY GRACE ALONE, IS TRULY A MAN-MADE DOCTRINE!

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    • Thank you for your comments. Please consider the following:

      Psalm 139:16 “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.”

      Proverbs 16:4 “The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.”

      Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”

      Proverbs 16:33 “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.”

      Proverbs 20:24 “A man’s steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way?”

      Proverbs 21:1-3 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

      Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

      John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”

      Acts 4:28 “They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.”

      Acts 13:48 “And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.”

      Romans 9:11 “Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls”

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

      Romans 9: 14 – 24 “What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?”

      Romans 12:3 “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

      Ephesians 1:4-5, 11 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will… In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will”

      2 Thessalonians 2:13 “But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.”

      Revelation 17:8 “The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.”

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