The Sovereignty of God Part 3

That man needs to be delivered from his sinful condition goes with out saying. Even sinners know they are sinful and see the manifestation of the depravity of others if no where else but on the news. So how does man get saved from the wrath to come, especially if those who need salvation don’t even know they do? John the Baptist said to the religious leaders who came to him in the wilderness to see him But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Mat 3:7 . They didn’t even know it was coming, and their coming to John wasn’t because they were fleeing from it. So it is with everyone else, people have no idea.

As in the days of Noah; they didn’t understand, A flood!! What is that? So we see bumper stickers on cars which read JESUS IS THE ANSWER! But many say, what is the question? Jesus gave that question to the Pharisees, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Mat 23:33b Salvation is through the preaching of the gospel, for Paul says For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe I Cor 1:21. But what is mans response? For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. I Cor 1:18 Look at what Paul says in Romans Chap 10 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? Vs 13-16

While it is true the context is dealing with the Jews, but today it can be said for anyone, because Paul also says concerning the world But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. Vs 18 Now Peter tells us

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.II Pet 3:9 So now, there are those who say, Well if God is not willing that any should parish, why is it some do why are not all saved? First the word “willing” is better translated “desiring” he is not desiring any should parish, for God says “Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’Ezk 33:11 Again the context is dealing specifically with Israel, yet I believe there is more in view here including anyone who is evil. Here is human responsibility, and in the new testament Paul says “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, Acts 17:30 But the question is can any man repent on his own or does he want to? Look at the religious leaders in the days of Jesus, who knew the scriptures. To them he said in Jhn 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Then he told them And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. Why would they not come? For one reason: We have pointed out the will of man is bound to sin, it is only natural to man to sin. Second his spirit is dead to God and the things of God, and third he loves darkness rather than light. So now we see the dilemma. Man does not want God, is rebellious towards him, and has no ability in himself to move in his direction because of his depraved nature. Here is where the journey gets a little difficult, only faith can walk here. There are those who say I can come to God anytime I chose to. Billy Graham said on one occasion you cannot come to Christ unless the Holy Spirit is anointing the Word of God and draws you to him. Jesus affirms this very thing saying 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. The word Draw here is interesting because it can be better translated Drag. How does that happen? The Holy Spirit must quicken mans spirit and show him his lost condition. So unless this happens man by himself will not come to God. For those who will argue this point and say Man can choose to come to God by himself I ask, then why did Jesus say this? why do people pray for loved ones for God to save them or open their eyes so they will come to him? If this is true why doesn’t God drag everyone, why aren’t all saved? I ask; why should any be saved? All have sinned and come short of the glory of God, all deserve hell because none seek after God. Look at it this way, all you who fear predestination and believe God has predestined some to hell, which he has not. If left alone, man will reject God, continually choose evil and ordain himself to be lost forever. God owes no man anything, after all he has given to him and done for him, and man is ungrateful for what he has. Mans condition is lost and Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. Jesus told his disciples 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: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. Paul tells the Ephesians 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: Eph 1:4 To the Thessalonians Paul said 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:II Thess 2:13 Did you notice when this happened? before the foundation of the world, from the beginning this means it is eternal.

While man is a free moral agent knowing right from wrong and on occasion does good moral things, and he does have the capacity of choice. The problem is he just can’t choose spiritual good, meaning he will not choose to follow God and more specifically will not choose Christ. He will choose religion, but that is not the same thing. So examining the scripture we find none seek God, so he must seek them, which he does. When Jesus came to seek and save those who were lost he referred to them as his sheep. He said in Jhn 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine. Meaning he knew them previously and from the previous scripture it was before the foundation of the world. He steps into time, from eternity, looking for them because they are lost. When Jesus prayed to the Father in Jhn 17 he prayed 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. Notice the highlighted portion is in the past tense. So when were they his? Before the foundation of the world. He continues his prayer and says I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. Vs 9 and then vs 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word That would be us!

Election can be seen from Genesis to Revelation, and there are two types: individual & corporate election. God chose Abraham, one man, who would be the Father of the nation Israel, Gods chosen people. Here we see both individual and corporate election. The church is the bride of Christ made up of individuals whom he has chosen for himself. It is important to understand God’s choice is not based upon any good thing in us, for there is none good. Paul said no good thing dwells in my flesh, so it is not because of us but Gods free grace towards those who are in rebellion to him. Look at Abraham for just a minute. In Joshua 24:2-3 we read And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, [even] Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan Abraham was living in idolatry in Ur of the Chaldees, and God appeared to him and said Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: Gen 12:1 So we see God chose Abraham, why not Nachor? The both had the same Father, both lived in idolatry, they were basically the same, so why Abraham? It was Gods Sovereign choice, because he wanted it that way. Abraham had two sons Ishmael & Isaac. Isaac was the child of promise and God said In Isaac shall your seed be called, not Ishmael. Isaac was Gods choice.

We will now see the sovereignty of God in the purposes of election in his plan and purpose for Israel. From Abraham & Sarah we go to Isaac & Rebecca. Isaac was the second patriarch, the child of promise, who had two sons Jacob & Esau. Esau was born first, and while he was being delivered Jacob reached his hand out from the womb and grabbed his heal, so his name was “heel catcher” Esau was a hunter, Jacob dwelt in tents. So Paul tells us before they were ever born, before they had done anything good or evil, (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; It was said unto her,(Rebecca) The elder shall serve the younger. Rom 9:11-12 While this was looking prophetically ahead, it was Gods plan. He chose Abraham, not Nachor, he chose Isaac not Ishmael, he chose Jacob not Esau WHY? the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works. Since we said we are in the image of God and we can choose, God also has a choice in matters, even if we don’t understand them. Next we will look at one of the hardest scriptures to understand, and as we pointed out this is where faith walks, As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

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