ELECT BY THE WILL OF GOD
The testimony of our individual salvation is not the same, but it is the same Lord who saves. If all goes according to our own will, we will all be lost. Paul informed the saints where their blessedness came from. It was God the Father who blessed them with all spiritual blessings in Christ. The election of God includes all that pertain to salvation. The Apostle revealed that God elected us before the foundation of the world. The result is that the elect will be holy and without blame before Him in love. While this is true, the Apostle laboured day and night to do what he knew to be the will of God.
Predestination is another word that supports God’s election. This is God’s plan or purpose with respect to His moral creatures. Election is His eternal purpose to save some of the human race in and by Jesus Christ. Those who oppose reformed theology have termed predestination an impossibility. However, God is sovereign, and He acts after the good pleasure of His will. His sovereignty is the final cause of all things. Our understanding is the distinction of His secret and revealed will. The secret will is the decree which is hidden in God. The revealed will is His precept which is revealed in the law and the gospel. His move in regard to salvation changes sinners to saints.
Adoption is also a privilege that God gives to believers, for John 1:12 said that “… as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God …” Paul qualified this benefit with an expressive phrase “… according to the good pleasure of his will” (Eph 1:5), and concluded, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Eph 1:6).
THOUGHT: The creatures are to submit to God’s sovereign will.
PRAYER: Lord, increase my knowledge of Thy will.