The day after

This morning I woke up and what do you know…the sun was shining.  Then I proceeded on to the most important news of the day:

“Fret not thyselves because of evildoers, neither be thou envious of the workers of iniquity.  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land and verily shalt thou be fed.”

Then I read that my Father has engraved me on the palm of His hand.  Afterward was Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening for today on the above mentioned passage.   Amanda and I prayed together after discussing the need for the body of Christ to repent of her refusal to be salt and light and then I went to work.

The reason for this personal recounting of my morning was to say that the end of the world didn’t arrive last night.  Jesus is still at the right hand of the Father and He is meeting the needs of His saints through the work of the Holy Spirit.  There is a temptation for those who followed the election closely to have post-election depression, especially if your candidate lost.  Don’t give in to it.  This can stem from our fleshly desire towards self-pity or any number of other factors.  For many their lives have been centered around who will win the Presidency and now it’s over.  Don’t let it rule you.

Meditate on God’s promises; don’t fret because of evildoers; trust in the Lord and do good.

The doctrine of election

This begins the second sermon on the practical application of basic Christian doctrine.  Today we will be looking at the doctrine of election.  Most of us are pretty sure we know what election is:  God’s choosing to save a particular group of people before the foundation of the world.  But that’s where we stop.  We think of it as what God has done and that’s the end, but the Scriptures don’t teach election as an abstract doctrine that we only have to believe.  In fact the term is used in several ways, and I hope we can see that as we proceed this morning.

Let’s start with what we know:  election is God’s choosing a people unto Himself – Eph. 1:4-6.

  • It is all of God and none of man – Rom. 9:11, 16.
  • We believe in God’s eternal election of men, and we believe it because Scripture clearly teaches it – John 6:37, 39.
  • But when we refer to this, we think of it almost always referring to individuals, while Scripture doesn’t always do that.
  • Election can refer to any individual (Isa. 42:1), in this case, it’s Jesus.  It can refer to all the predestined of God from eternity (II Tim. 2:10).

Most often though, the term “elect” or “chosen” is used to refer to a visible group of people who are in covenant with God (Deut. 7:6-8, Isa. 41:8, I Peter 5:13, II John 1, 13)

  • This is a key because we’re used to thinking in terms of the elect being an invisible group, but the prophets and apostles referred to the elect as (more…)