Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"As we forgive others..."

In the very middle of Jesus showing the disciples how to pray, he just had to say "and forgive us of our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us." This has to be one of the most annoying things Jesus said. We are forgiven as we forgive. Obviously from so many places in Scripture, forgiveness is not dependent upon our forgiving others, but it is more of an observation: forgive us so that we will continue (or begin) to forgive others like you have now forgiven us.
Forgiveness in and of itself is difficult. I like to hold my grudges. We like to hold our grudges. But thinking about the grudges we hold when thinking about what Christ did humbles us to the point of shame and leads us to forgive others and repent for our hardheartedness. Not only did we commit an infinite offense against the Almighty, but we committed an infinite offense against him and he still loved enough to die for our forgiveness. This is mind blowing, theology shattering, and uncompromisingly humbling. It breaks down thick walls of pride and long lasting grudges. The thought itself is one of the most impossible facts to comprehend of all time.

Perhaps it's time now to forgive as we have been forgiven. There's no offense we could have had against us that's worth more than what we have done against Christ and he died for us. For us. So let's die to ourselves and our pride and forgive those who have wronged us and, in so doing, glorify Christ through our actions.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Eternal Security Part 2

So, as I think I have already done from Scripture in my last post, but I think that it needs just a bit more, I will try to provide ample evidence to accept the reality of eternal security.

There are only two legitimate views/theories on predestination, or election. I'll use the term elected for the most part. The two views are unconditional election and conditional election. The first- which I believe to be the true and more biblical theory- says that God elected men to salvation for no reason other than he chose to; that is to say that it was nothing they did, it was not based upon God's foreknowledge of whether or not they would choose him, and it was not for any other reason except that God chose to elect them over others. The second is virtually the opposite. It says that God used his foreknowledge, or looked into the future to see who would choose him to elect those who were to be saved until salvation. In both of these theories, the predestination takes place before the earth or even the universe was created.
So what does this have to do with being able to lose your salvation? It has everything to do with it. From the unconditional election-ist's point of view, God chooses who will be saved, so there is no option. According to God's sovereignty, they must be saved. From the other perspective, conditional election, God sees who would be saved. This would mean that God's foreknowledge would be flawed if you lost your salvation. Let me put it this way: Could you eat a turkey sandwich for lunch if God knew that you would eat a ham sandwich for lunch? No, of course not. God is omniscient. He knows all things. So if his election is based on his foreknowledge, then there's no way you could lose your salvation, assuming you had salvation to begin with. Predestination to salvation of necessity requires eternal security.
So, according to Scripture and to logic, you can't lose your salvation with either [biblical] view of predestination. But let us continue in the faith as Paul would have it in Romans 6, as dead to sin. Let us die to sin and live to righteousness.

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