Whatever we are going through can feel like it will last for the rest of our lives, without escape. Sometimes, some aspect of that really is true. But so much more often, now is only now, the middle of the story, and what the Lord has in store is unknown.
Irreducible Complexity: Election is simply this, that Sovereign God loves whom God loves. The Lord foreknows and calls those to respond to the good news of God’s grace and at the same time God works through a person's choosing to believe.
In this brief, ten minute YouTube presentation, we take a deep look at what Peter might have meant when he spoke of being God's elect.
In Peter’s mind, the creation of the world and the judgment of the Flood acted are proofs of God's impending judgment by fire.
Peter took it in stride that all human beings are enslaved—either to God in Christ, or to Satan and darkness. The apostles taught there was no middle ground. Our question today, however, particularly in the west, and even more particularly in such places as the United States, is, “How much free will do humans actually have?”
You and I, by virtue of our new birth, our birth from above, have become citizens of the kingdom of light.
Worship and praise are the natural overflow of God’s perspective, for you and I can experience joyful confidence and triumphant thanksgiving in the movement and purposes of God.
If you are feeling a heavy load, or weathering a tempest, then you will be able to resonate with something of what the first century church was enduring.
From the human standpoint, we become Jesus’ sheep by believing, BUT from God’s standpoint, we believe because we are Jesus’ sheep.