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What we believe and teach: The purpose of God according to election

28 January 2016

What we believe and teach: The purpose of God according to election

holy-bibleWe were predestined by God before the foundation of the world to obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus. So we repented and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ because in His own time God enabled us to repent and to believe (that is to say, because God gave us both repentance and faith), so that it might be fulfilled His purpose, that is, the purpose of God according to election, which does not depend on works but on the will of the One who calls. Is it not written that of His own will God brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures, and that we did not choose the Lord but the Lord chose us? Therefore it does not depend on him who wills, nor on him who runs, but on God, who has mercy on whom He wants to have mercy. However God not only has mercy on whom He wants to have mercy, but He also hardens whom He wants to harden. And who are they whom He hardens? They are those He predestined to go to perdition.

Therefore there are vessels of mercy, which God prepared beforehand for glory, and vessels of wrath prepared for destruction. The antichrist, who is coming, is one of the vessels of wrath, for the Scripture says that he is going to perdition. There is no unrighteousness with God, for God does whatever pleases Him and He has the right to do what He wishes with His own things. Who then can say to Him, ‘What are you doing?’’ or ‘You have done wrong’? Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? The purpose of God according to election is of fundamental importance in order to understand what it means to be saved by grace, but also to understand why not all men are saved by God. (Giacinto Butindaro, from http://www.the-new-way.org/wwbat/index.html)

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