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God’s choice of His family

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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

We are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God had from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

If there were no other text in the sacred word except this one, I think we should all be bound to receive and acknowledge the truthfulness of the great and glorious doctrine of God's ancient choice of his family.

The sovereignty of God is not our enemy. Our problem? We minimize Christ and maximize man. God has chosen to do something for you that you cannot do for yourself. God declared in the New and Old Testament (Psalm 14:2-3) that there is none righteous, there is none understanding and there is none seeking for God that includes me and you, even if you are a preacher.

These same statements are repeated by Paul in (Romans 3:10-11). Had God not chosen us, we all would have to answer for our sins.

God chooses us, not because He foresees that we would choose Him or believe, but for the very opposite reason. He chooses us because He foresees that we would neither choose Him nor believe of ourselves.

Election proceeds not on foreseen faith in us, but on foreseen unbelief. Roman 8:29 Is not teaching that God knew who would accept Him. He makes it clear that there is none that are seeking for God.

Unfortunately, these great and glorious doctrines are no longer taught in most churches today. The church of today is so much as the world of today. But God insists that He is the potter and we are the clay. Unless He molds us, we get harder and harder.

For it is God which worked in you both to will and do of his good pleasure. May God help us not to be wiser than God and rob Him of his Glory. We won't get away with it.

Willie Hebacker

Lodi

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2 comments:

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 8:06 am on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Obviously God has revealed his word and this truth to Willie Hebacker. What he has put into words is the truth, even if many do NOT agree with this simply because the truth has NOT been revealed to them. Which isn't to say at some point God won't reveal his truth to them as he did for me at age 44. Before I was among them who didn't know God nor wanted to. I am now 54 who knows better.

    Sarah Elizabeth you state that Willie Hebacker's message is for unbelievers. Who else is there to send this message to? Certainly not to those who already believe, and whom are already saved!

    The bible says preach the word (the good news) to all people so that they might be saved!

    As Willie Hebacker correctly states, the church is the country does not preach the truth (God's truth) most preach mans truth or what man would like the truth to be. Which includes self-salvation or salvation with help from God, which is NOT biblical!

    God bless the unbeliever...

     
  • Sarah Elizabeth Tygert posted at 9:10 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    Sarah Tygert Posts: 53

    "God has chosen to do something for you that you cannot do for yourself. "

    And just what, exactly, does God do for me that I can not for myself?

    Your article is hard to understand. I would suggest that as your message seems to be to unbelievers, that you try to avoid using "Christianese," so to speak. The lay man will not understand half of what you are saying, if anything at all. I understand where you are coming from, but do take that as helpful criticism. Always be aware and cater to your audience.

     

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