Predestination – part 2

In recap, we’re talking about the doctrine of election – whether God is in control of our righteousness/ unrighteousness, or whether we have a choice (free will).  What I’ve shown is that God is the potter – He’s made us, knows us inside and out, and in making us set inside of us what would either be hardened against Him or open to recieve Him.  That’s scriptural – and you’ll find it in Romans 9.  Actually, Romans 9-11 are the theologically most difficult passages in the Bible, so it’s not like understanding any of this is a cakewalk.  But I’m hoping that by looking at it closer, some things will be cleared up.

So… why would God make some of us to go to Hell?  Because if what I’ve stated above (and what’s written in Romans 9) is true, that’s what happens.  He makes some to be destroyed and some to find glory.  Why would He do something like that?  Well, let’s pick up where we left off:  verse 22:

What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Did you catch that?  It TELLS US the reason God would make some to be unrighteous and others to be righteous – two reasons.  ((Which actually boil down to one.))  GOD’S PURPOSE IS FOR US TO GIVE HIM GLORY.   The Bible says that if we don’t give Him glory, even the rocks and the hills will cry out.  You hear about the 40 days of purpose?  Well, that’s our purpose in a nutshell.  But CGM churches and liberal religions would like everyone to believe that they are the ones who choose, who have the authority to decide who have meaning.  The focus is on self, and the PDL is very self-focused (as is the DoG crap my ex-SS class just pulled)… It’s all screwed up.

Arminianism teaches that God’s purpose is redemption.  This is NOT true.  God doesn’t have to redeem anyone!  He could destroy it all and start over – and the very act of that destruction would show His awesome power and holiness.  He doesn’t need us for anything.  HE ELECTS to give us opportunity to give Him glory and point to His power and Holiness.  Which is why being a Christian is such a priviledge.  It’s not about OUR redemption, it’s about HIS glory.

But Anna, you say, this passage is about Jews.  You’re not a Jew.  Jews were God’s chosen people – His elect.  You’re a Gentile (non-Jew).  So where do you get that you are part of the elect?  Let’s read on in verse 24:

Even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As He saith also in Osee [Hosea 2:23], I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.  (24-26)   ((NoTe:  KJV makes distinction between names.  The OT was written in Hebrew, the NT in Greek, so in Hebrew it’s Hosea, in Greek it’s Osee.  They’re the same.  Just as in OT it’s Noah, in NT it’s Noe.  In OT it’s Isaiah, in NT it’s Esaias))

He called His elect “not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles!  And this is written by a Jew (Paul), so it’s not some Gentile trying to justify himself.  The elect are chosen of God not because of race or color or creed, but because GOD chose them.   So now that we know that God chooses of all people to do as He pleases in order to show His power and Holiness… we come to the last question:  is it fair?  Is it really fair that God makes people predestined to go to Hell?  The answer is… yes.

Stunned?  You shouldn’t be.  Because once I explain it (via scripture), it will be clear as day.  And we’ll wrap it up with that tomorrow.

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