Romans 11:28 Whosoever Will and The Elect

Romans 11:28 (KJV)
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

The gospel is for “whosoever will”. It is offered, available and effective to any and all.

  • The Jew can receive the gospel
  • The European can receive the gospel
  • The American can receive the gospel
  • The African can receive the gospel
  • The oriental can receive the gospel

It is open to all and no one is excluded

But the election is of Israel. It hails all the way back to the promise to Abraham. It is carried forth in promises made to one succeeding generation of Israel after another.

Whosoever will may come and be saved. But God has promised, planned and determined that Israel will be saved.

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Romans 11:28 Whosoever Will and The Elect

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Romans 8:1 What Can We Do?

Romans 8:1 (KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

At first glance a person might think walking after the Spirit, not the flesh is a condition for being in Christ and thus, not condemned. In reality it is not a condition but a description. The person who is in Christ Jesus doesn’t walk after the flesh but after the Spirit.

This doesn’t mean he/she does that perfectly. We are so prone to putting all the responsibility on ourselves (because that gives us control) that we look at this as a way to make things happen:

  • I don’t want to feel/be condemned
  • I will therefore be in Christ and
  • I will do that by walking after the Spirit not the flesh

Truth is, this is beyond us. The rest of the chapter describes the process that is happening in us as the Spirit of God transforms us into the image of God. This is a work we are so incapable of doing in our own power that we don’t even know how to properly pray for it. This is a work of the Holy Spirit.

What can we do then? Besides calling upon the Lord and trusting Him alone for salvation we can:

  • Submit to the Spirit’s leading and work
  • Wait upon Him to reveal Himself “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little” until we are home. And
  • Rest in the truth declared in verse one and confirmed in verses thirty one through thirty nine that, though we are a work in progress, we are not condemned.

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Romans 8:1 What Can We Do?

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Romans 5:10 Reconciliation and Salvation

Romans 5:10 (KJV)
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Every aspect of the Gospel has some key and vital component toward our new birth:

Christ’s life
Fulfilled the righteousness of the law. Jesus obeyed the whole law without offending in even one point.

Christ’s death and burial
Fulfilled the penalty of death sentenced upon sin. He took upon Himself, as only the God/man could do, all of our sins. When He died and was buried He received the wages for all sin.

Christ’s resurrection
Completed the transaction. When Christ arose it was as if God stamped in the heavens, “Paid in full.”

Our text speaks of two parts of the gospel and says that reconciliation with God was accomplished through Christ’s death. Final and complete salvation was accomplished through His life (after death).

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Matthew 25:44 (KJV) Everyone Answers God

Matthew 25:44 (KJV)
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

These kingdom of heaven parables give evidence that even those who have ignored denied resisted and even fought the Lord and His people will “also answer” the Lord.

There is no getting away from God. It is impossible to hide from Him. All men will stand in his presence. I do not believe it will all happen at the same time; there is a judgment seat of Christ for the believers and a great white throne judgment for the lost but all will come before the Lord.

Will you stand before Him amazed at His grace you have received or aghast at the judgment you face?

To my reader:
Are you saved? God’s Word gives a promise to all who, realizing their sin, call upon the Lord for salvation. Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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Matthew 25:44 (KJV) Everyone Answers God

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The difference is up to you and the time to decide is right now.

2 Samuel 3:27-29 (KJV) I Am Guiltless

2 Samuel 3:27-29 (KJV)
And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner:
Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father’s house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.

I am intrigued by David’s affirmation that he is guiltless before the Lord concerning the death of Abner. We know that he made this statement as much for political reasons as anything else. He wanted his nation to know that he had nothing to do with assassinating Abner and he wanted Saul’s followers to know the very same. I can see some ways to argue this that would give David some culpability.

  • He must have known that Joab was still bitter against Abner for the death of his brother.
  • He could have supervised Joab more thoroughly
  • He could have (but didn’t) punish Joab for killing Abner

Maybe David didn’t handle this situation perfectly but he was still able to say, “I and my kingdom are guiltless before the Lord..”

There is a spiritual parallel that exists for every true child of God. We too can say we are guiltless before the Lord because we are, in fact, guiltless before the Lord. This is not to say that we are perfect, that we never sin and that we couldn’t have handled things better than we have. Truth be told, there are things yet to happen we could handle better than we will. That being said, it is still the fact that we who are saved may confidently, boldly and even publicly proclaim that we are guiltless before the Lord.

The reason is Christ. It is not because of any good thing that we have done but because of the perfect thing that Christ has done.

  • The incarnation of Christ
  • The righteous life of Christ
  • The substitutionary death of Christ
  • The victorious resurrection of Christ and
  • The heavenly intercession of Christ

Insures that, because of Christ, we are guiltless before the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

To my reader:
I wonder, can you boldly, confidently and publicly proclaim that you are guiltless before the Lord? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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2 Samuel 3:27-29 (KJV) I Am Guiltless

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Matthew 12:5 (KJV) Are You Blameless?

Matthew 12:5 (KJV)
Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

The Bible says, and Jesus endorsed it as true, that the priest doing what was unlawful outside the Temple on the Sabbath, was blameless doing the very same thing inside the Temple.

  • We who have been born again are priests made so by Christ
  • We, who have been born again dwell in the Temple which is the body of Christ therefore
  • We who have been born again are blameless before God.

This is not to say we are excused from righteous living. The Bible does not allow for even the existence of a person being righteous before God who isn’t anxious to live out that righteousness in life. This is a picture instead of the difference between the lost and the saved.

  • For the lost, even his acts of righteousness condemn him.
  • For the saved even his lapses into the old nature cannot condemn him

 

To my reader:
What a blessing to be blameless in the eyes of the Lord! Tell me, have you come to Christ and received from Him that salvation which He promises? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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Matthew 12:5 (KJV) Are You Blameless?

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1 Samuel 28:19 (KJV) Religious But Lost

1 Samuel 28:19 (KJV)
Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

Whether this “familiar spirit ” was Samuel or a demon is a matter of question. Whichever it is changes the understanding of the passage but not the immediate result; Saul was going to die in this battle, as would his sons who were there in the battle. Saul’s disobedience had brought ruin to those who followed him.

If this was the spirit of Samuel then the message was that he would die and be not in heaven but hell.
At this time hell and Abraham’s bosom were next to one another and though a great gulf was fixed between them, communications from one to the other was possible. Some believe Saul to have been saved. It is true that judgment in this life is not synonymous with eternal hell in the next.

If the familiar spirit was a devil there were portions of his response to Saul that was true but great deception was his purpose.
Not all of Saul’s sons were killed because not all of them were at the battle. He would not die the next day but a few days hence. Saul is not with this spirit at death as the devils are not bound in hell (at least not those who could have communicated with Saul).

I personally see Saul as one who had been enlightened by the Spirit and drawn to the Savior but who had never come to trust Christ alone. He was religious but lost.

 

To my reader:
My greatest concern for the souls of men is that they, like Saul, are religious but lost. Heaven or hell is not based upon what you do, if or where you worship or how good you have been in your life. The Bible makes it very clear that heaven is attained only through personal saving faith in Jesus Christ.  I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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1 Samuel 28:19 (KJV) Religious But Lost

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Revelation 10:7 (KJV) The Finished Mystery

Revelation 10:7 (KJV)
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

The fact that this is a mystery speaks to its challenges of interpretation. While there are a number of things the New Testament styles as a “mystery” I believe they may all be summed up in the Gospel of Christ.

The Old Testament promised a Messiah and gave prophecies regarding His:

  • Person
  • Character and
  • End

But these things were mysteries to the Jews, so much so that they missed the Messiah when He stood right in front of them.

  • The coming of Christ as a lamb
  • The judgment of Christ in the place of sinners
  • The church of Christ composed of Jews and Gentiles

These were all mysteries in the Old Testament that were revealed in the New Testament and find their fulfillment and finish in the end of the Tribulation.

 

 

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Revelation 10:7 (KJV) The Finished Mystery

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Revelation 7:3 (KJV) Grace, God’s Characteristic Mark

Revelation 7:3 (KJV)
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The evidence of God’s grace is manifested in every era of God’s Word:

  • Adam and Eve knew God’s grace is covering them with skins
  • Noah found grace through the ark
  • Abraham found grace in his calling from the world
  • Moses found grace as God’s presence did not depart after Israel rebelled at Kadesh Barnea
  • This church age is also called the age of grace and even
  • During the Tribulation God refuses to allow the earth and sea to be harmed before He has sealed His 144,000

Grace is the characteristic mark of God’s work. He is holy and just but He is also love. From this combination of attributes is birthed grace.

Grace for all who will happily accept it.

 

 

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Revelation 7:3 (KJV) Grace, God’s Characteristic Mark

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1 John 5:1 (KJV) Jesus Christ, the Fulcrum

1 John 5:1 (KJV)
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

 

The contest of the spiritual world revolves around Jesus Christ.

  • His person
  • His presence and
  • His passion

are become the fulcrum over which faith becomes a broken religion or an elevating devotion. Here is the dividing line between those who say they love God and those whom God says love Him. If you love God you will in turn love the one who is begotten of Him; Jesus Christ.

 

By using the concept of the begotten here, the Apostle points us to the incarnation. This is that breaking point for so many religions

  • The Catholics venerate Mary almost more than Christ
  • The Mormons and JW’s make Christ less than God with us
  • The Muslims reject that Christ was more than a great prophet
  • The eastern religions are ignorant of Christ
  • The atheists deny Christ
  • The worldly ignore Christ

To love God is to love Christ. To love Christ is to not merely believe in His existence but to embrace His every teaching.

 

 

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1 John 5:1 (KJV) Jesus Christ, the Fulcrum

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