Nov. 10, 2010
I have written on many posts at this website about what truly is the election of grace, or God’s elect. Instead of having people who are or aren’t too familiar with this biblical term searching all around my site for it, I’ll lay it out for everyone here.
Most people who know the term “God’s elect” or “election of grace” misunderstand it, and nearly all teachers do as well. Many teachers, disappointing to say, would rather have their flock feel good about themselves than teach the truth and challenge their flocks. Telling their flocks that God chose them makes them feel good and probably increases money coming into the church.
Romans 8 and 11 explains the election of grace in the greatest detail out of the Bible. Early on in chapter 11, Paul reiterates a conversation between Elijah and God where God said “I have reserved to myself 7000 men who have not bowed their knee to Ba’al in Israel”. How does God reserve Himself a person? Think of where God is and think how does He reserve a person from His point of view? Paul said immediately after reiterating that conversation that there is a remnant of the election of grace. Elijah lived 900 years or so before Paul, so how could there be a remnant if the seven thousand in 1st Kings 20:15 was the same seven thousand God reserved? Then Paul said that those people that were chosen to be the election of grace weren’t chosen for any work they have done in their lifetime, or else it wouldn’t be by grace they were chosen. Grace is given by God and it calls all who have answered, but as Jesus said “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Not all who are called answer, so grace sometimes is wasted. Jesus gave many parables which shows people who are called fail. Accepting the call is the first work. Being faithful is a good work. Being unfaithful a bad work. So how could those people show faith in this life and still be not just called by grace, but chosen by it? All Christians are called by grace, but not all that have been called have answered. Even the few who are chosen have been called, only they are forced at some point in their lives to answer it. They might be able to put it off for a while, but that phone will keep ringing until it is answered.
Paul said that everyone outside the election of grace has the spirit of slumber; eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear for understanding to this day. Everyone is allowed to build their faith, but God has given all but the election of grace a ceiling. There aren’t many that have reached the ceiling God has given them. If one is willing to diligently seek Him, ask themselves questions they might not want to ask and be open to answers that go against their denomination’s or their very own doctrine, God just might raise their ceiling. That takes incredible diligence and patience to have that happen.
Back to the spirit of slumber, Christian teachers will say that Christians don’t have the spirit of slumber. Really? Whose faith on Earth right now is greater than the people who were there when Jesus healed and spoke? Can these teachers say their faith is greater than someone who had a missing arm but after Jesus touched them it grew full to the fingers? Is their faith greater than a relative of a blind person Jesus gave sight to? I know and you know the answer to that. What is my point to all this? How did Jesus speak to those people? Those very same people that were healed, saw Him heal, that saw Jesus divide among hundreds a few fishes and loaves of bread- how did He speak to them? Did He speak to them openly? No, He spoke to them in parables. Why did Jesus speak to those same people in parables? The disciples asked Him that very question. His answer: they didn’t have eyes and ears for understanding so He had to speak to them in parables. Isn’t that exactly what is written about the spirit of slumber? Who can account their faith greater than the one who had their leprosy cleansed, but yet Jesus spoke to the former leper in parables.
As for being chosen in the election of grace for nothing in this life, God told Jeremiah in 1:5 “I knew you before you were in the womb. Before you were out of your mother’s belly I sanctified you and ordained you a prophet to the nations.” What did Jeremiah do in his life to be chosen to be a prophet? Nothing. Did God choose Jeremiah at random? Obviously not. God knew all of us before, as our souls are much older than our bodies. The words “know” and “knew” also meant “accept”, as it was in this case and in Romans 8. There must have been a time and way for Jeremiah to prove his worth in order for him to be chosen to be a prophet in this life. What Paul meant when he said “there is also a remnant according to the election of grace” is that there were some of the election of grace dispersed throughout this age, but God has reserved 7000 of them. For when? The final generation.
There are seven thousand of the election of grace alive right now. I am one of them. There is no question in my mind about it, and my understanding proves it. The election of grace have a unique understanding not only of God’s word, but God’s doctrine. Not the doctrine of men. The doctrine of men can’t explain why when Jesus said on the cross “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” wasn’t a sin. If it was Jesus’ moment of doubt and pain, then how come that’s not a sin? Responses I’ve heard: “Well Jesus wasn’t able to sin because He was Jesus.” My reply: “Then why did Jesus go to the desert to be specfically tempted by Satan. If Jesus didn’t have the ability to sin, then where would the temptation come from?” The answer to the question why what Jesus said on the cross wasn’t a sin is because He wasn’t speaking to God. “Yeah, but He said “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” What does Psalm 22:1 begin with? “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Maybe He was simply quoting the first part of Psalm 22:1. What does verse 16 say? “For dogs have compassed Me; the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me; they pierced My hands and My feet.” They pierced My hands and My feet?! Isn’t that how Jesus died? When were the Psalms written? Around 1000BC. Jesus was quoting Psalm 22:1 to point out to those that had eyes and ears that this Psalm was predicting how He would die, proving He was the Christ. Is your lightbulb flashing? Here is some wisdom, Psalm 22:1 began the way it did because it was meant to be repeated by Christ when He was on the cross, which should make you ask “why wasn’t that a sin?” How many of you truly asked that question before now? Why isn’t this common knowledge teaching by any Christian? No atheist or believer in any other religion can explain it away. The translation is correct. The original Hebrew word there for “pierced” is “aw-ree” which does mean “pierced”. Psalms were written around 1000BC. Every Christian should have Psalm 22 etched in their hearts, minds, and souls but they don’t. Why don’t they? Look at the next Psalm. Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd…” The most famous psalm of them all. That should be a beacon to what Jesus said on the cross. It’s been there the whole time. Why haven’t people been able to read Psalm 22 and connect that to Christ?
Questions about doctrine and other things you might have can be sent anywhere really, but this page would be a great place. I have many blogs that deal with challenging men’s doctrine about God’s word. I won’t cheat you by giving you some half-witted explanation that some others will that even they don’t buy. If you feel you are learning things here, then spread the word. God bless you on your quest to find God’s ceiling. Those of you that either know you are one of the election of grace or think you might be, you better get busy. If you are behind on your knowledge of the Word, then you will fail those people you are responsible for when they need you the most. Can you contend with one that wants to tear the Word down, but has legitimate questions about the Word and the doctrine you hold dear? It’s coming fast.