Monday, May 18, 2009

Making your Calling and Election Sure

"Be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure". - 2 Peter 1:10

I used to see this as Peter telling me to find assurance that I was saved through my performance. But recently after reading the verse above, I read something in Hebrews that says the opposite.

"And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."

So here we see the author of Hebrews is urging us to have full assurance of our complete salvation in Jesus Christ so that we may act like who we are in him. We must first be sure of who we are in him before we can begin to behave as someone who is in him.

How can I love if I am not sure that I am loved? How can I love if I don't know that his love is really inside me? How can I have faith if I am first to prove that I have faith? What a never ending cycle of self-evaluation! One day I perform well (in my own eyes) and the next I am sulking in failure and guilt!

We need a sure foundation! And that foundation is Christ alone!

So Peter is urging us to make our calling and election sure so that we may practice the qualities he mentions in 2 Peter 1:5-8. I believe he is also urging us to have these qualities for the sake of conscience. When my conscience is yelling at me, I feel guilty. And I don't like feeling guilty.

2 comments:

Joel B. said...

Excellent words! How often does the church make passages like these out to be all about performance. Really, we must be rooted and established in grace, and then our performance will simply be a natural result or fruit of our identity. Truly indeed, we can't make our calling and election sure by our performance! That's the antithesis of grace.

Steve Finnell said...

THE ELECTED! BY STEVE FINNELL

Can those elected by God resist that calling?


ELECT-ELECTED-ELECTION: Defined (Adjective, signifies picked out, chosen.) (Noun, denotes a picking out, selection, then, that which is chosen).


Elected means chosen. There is a view held by many that when God elects or chooses people that they cannot resist God's calling. Israel was God's elect or chosen people. God did not just select certain Jews to be saved and other Jews to be lost. Salvation was offered to the whole nation of Israel.


Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the people who are on the face of the earth.


The Jews were God's elect. Did any of them ever reject that election? Yes they did; because they had free-will.


1 Samuel 8:7 The Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.


They rejected God as king.


Numbers 14:11 The Lord said to Moses, "How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst?


These people were the elect of God, but they would not believe in Him. Even though they were God's elect He did not force them to believe and obey Him. THEY HAD FREE-WILL.


Acts 7:51 "You men who are stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.


Israel was God's chosen people; they were His elect, however, they always resisted the Holy Spirit. Most of them rejected Jesus as the Christ. THEY HAD FREE-WILL.


Does God arbitrarily condemn some men to hell and elect a chosen few for salvation? NO, HE DOES NOT!


WHO ARE THE ELECT OF GOD TODAY?


Acts 10:34-43 Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. 36......Jesus Christ....43 Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness from sins.


WHO ARE THE ELECT OF GOD TODAY? All who believe in Jesus Christ. Yes, everyone has the chance to become the elect, the chosen of God.




Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.


WHO ARE GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE? WHO ARE GOD'S ELECT? EVERY JEW AND EVERY GENTILE WHO MEETS GOD'S TERMS FOR PARDON UNDER THE NEW COVENANT ARE THE ELECT OF GOD. THEY ARE ALL GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE.


GOD HAS OFFERED SALVATION TO ALL WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS THE CHRIST.

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