Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Answer to True or False Question: "Scripture never speaks of our faith or the fact that we would come to believe in Christ as the reason God chose us

True....Travis has answered with wonderful precision. (Click here to read his reply)

The Bible does not say that our faith (or that we would come to believe) is the reason that God chose us. This is an absolutely wonderful truth. Paul makes clear in several places that God's choice of us had nothing to do with what was in us or would come from us. For example in Romans 9:11-13 we read the astonishing statement that God chose Jacob and not Esau. God's choice was before Jacob or Esau were born or had done anything good or bad. Why was this the case? Paul tells us the reason in verse 11. It was in order that God's purpose in election might stand. In other words, God's choosing of Jacob had nothing to do with Jacob. Jacob was chosen strictly because of God's grace and kindness. Paul makes this truth clear in Ephesians 1:5-6 as well. Notice that the reason that Paul gives to the Ephesians for their being chosen by God is not because of their faith or because of something intrinsic in them. Rather, God's choice of the Ephesians is according to the purpose of His will which resounds to the exaltation of His AMAZING GRACE (cf. Ephesians 1:5-7). The fact that Jacob, the Ephesians, and you or I come to believe is because God has previously chosen us. Our faith is not the reason that God has chosen us, rather it is the evidence that He has chosen us. This eliminates any grounds for boasting on our part and magnify's God's grace. The disposition of our hearts to turn away from self and trust in Christ is a gracious gift from God. Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound That Saved a Wretch Like Me!

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