LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ephesians 1:3-6

Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

On the Feb. 21 posts, we looked at how Scripture teaches that fallen man has an inability to seek God. Therefore, if man cannot in and of himself seek God as Romans 3:10-11 indicates, then no one would have eternal life unless God does something. Praise God that he does intervene and do something as our Feb. 12 post showed. That something God does, as John 6:37 reveals, is give an irresistible grace that flows from regeneration. The new life of regeneration enables a sinner to willingly and eagerly come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

When the dots of these doctrines are connected, the inescapable conclusion is that God chooses, or elects, some to receive the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. All are invited and nobody is turned away, but unless God enables sinners to come and receive the free gift of eternal life, nobody will respond (John 6:65). However, the Bible does more than leave election as a conclusion drawn from other doctrines as it plainly states that God’s sovereign election is the only way to salvation. Ephesians 1:3-6, shown above, states that some sinners are chosen by God and are predestined to be adopted as sons of God. Amazingly, this passage reveals that sinners were chosen before the foundation of the world. A close look at this passage, as well as other passages such as Romans 8:29-30 & Ephesians 2:1-5, makes it clear that God does everything and man does nothing. Salvation is totally a gift of God’s grace as God gives everything required for salvation to the sinner. That is why the Bible says that even the faith to believe is a gift (Ephesians 2:8). Since those elected by God do not provide anything for their salvation, this election is an unconditional election. God’s election is not based on any merit or works in the sinner, whatsoever, which eliminates all boasting (Ephesians 2:9). If a sinner believes he brings anything (even faith) to the salvation table, then he has a reason to boast.

This doctrine is referred to as Calvinism and critics often attack it as if it were a figment of John Calvin’s imagination. However, this doctrine is a Biblical doctrine based on solid Biblical passages. Praise God that he makes it possible for sinners to receive eternal life by providing all that is needed for salvation. If he didn’t do it all, then nobody would be saved and that is the bottom line.


Blogger bluecollar said...

"If he didn’t do it all, then nobody would be saved and that is the bottom line."

That truely IS the bottom line. That is clearly what the Bible as a whole teaches. Lost slaves of sin having their affections changed; their aim to sin changed to aim for Christ and serving Him.

Great post, Wayne! As always your photo was perfect for the meditation. You are a blessing. Please continue to submit to God's molding and shaping your obvious teaching ability.

February 27, 2007 11:57 AM

Anonymous jel said...

An't that somthing!

Great post ,and very cool pic!

February 27, 2007 1:33 PM

Blogger Shiloh Guy said...

Ahhhhhh, truth so sweet!

We were dead in trespasses and sins. Dead people don't reach for a lifeline; they don't stretch for the Savior's hand; they don't climb the proferred ladder of salvation. They just lie there, dead, unless Someone breathes life into them!

I remember the days in seminary before I came to the doctrines of grace. S. Lewis Johnson asked me what the meaning of "dead" was. I frantically tried to think of some alternative meaning and, of course, failed. I wasn't sick, crippled, diseased, or wounded. I was DEAD! And dead people make no choices! Thank God for life!

Thanks for the truth!


February 27, 2007 3:38 PM

Blogger jazzycat said...

Mark, Jel, and Dave,
Thanks. 95% of the time I do not alter my photo's, but I added the bird to this one. However, I did use my own bird photo.

February 27, 2007 5:33 PM

Blogger jel said...

Morning All

have a great day!

February 28, 2007 6:50 AM

Blogger Craver VII said...

That’s funny. 95% of my photos ARE cropped or altered in some way, but I rarely use pictures that I took myself. They’re almost all off from Flickr.com. Inserting words, the way you do is IMHO a good way to assist the viewer to the point you want to make.

Your posts are always a good read.

February 28, 2007 11:01 AM

Blogger jazzycat said...

Thanks, Morning to you to.

Thank you. I believe that photos do help make points. I always liked books with a lot of pictures.

February 28, 2007 2:37 PM

Blogger Daniel said...

Now what could have precipitated this delightful little foray into truth? ;-)

February 28, 2007 5:15 PM

Blogger jazzycat said...

Thanks for stopping by. I saw your excellent comments on the John 10 passage at another blog.

Although this is the first time I have mentioned it, this is actually the fourth in a series on "TULIP". Instead of starting with the doctrine and proving with Scripture, I thought it would be different to take Scripture and show the meaning.

Oh my, I have revealed next week's post as LA is all that is left.

February 28, 2007 5:48 PM

Blogger Swordbearer said...

Well put, Wayne!

It's NO WONDER Paul, when in Ephesians 1 speaks of election and predestination breaks not once but THREE times to WORSHIP GOD ("to the praise of his glorious grace").

If people today understood election today the way Paul did, and the way you do, they would not speak against it but glory in it the way Paul did!


March 01, 2007 3:49 PM

Blogger jazzycat said...

Thanks a lot. Swordbearer is a good handle, especially for a navy guy.

March 01, 2007 4:38 PM

Blogger Swordbearer said...

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March 02, 2007 12:23 PM

Blogger Swordbearer said...

From being an aviator forwardly deplored exercising air superiority on the tip of the sword for one type of freedom, to being a pastor holding forth the superiority of Christ while bearing the sword of God's Word for another type freedom! Sola Deo Gloria!

March 02, 2007 12:24 PM


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