The apostle Peter is calling us to praise God for granting us spiritual life to see and love and cling to Christ by faith. He is calling us to praise God that this new life in the Spirit is unto an inheritance in the heavens, which will not fade or fail. He is calling us to praise God that we ourselves are being kept by God from falling away into unbelief. And all this is true even as we groan, eagerly waiting for the promised inheritance when Christ appears.
Our God is faithful to His relationships; as a Father He will not renounce His children, as a friend He will not deny His people, as a Creator He will not forsake the work of His own hands. He is faithful to His promises, and will never allow one of them to fail to a single believer. He is faithful to His covenant, which He has made with us in Christ Jesus, and ratified with the blood of His sacrifice.
Either grace is a flotation device given from afar that enables one who cannot swim to swim, or grace is a person jumping in to save and be depended on for everything. This contradistinction is the Rubicon between Christian traditions formed by systematic theology and biblical theology.
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It is God’s own Word that speaks about election and predestination and it speaks about these things in contexts meant to strengthen God’s people, not meant to chafe and distress us. Peter is telling us about God’s choosing of us – we are an elect people! – and he is telling us this in order to grid us with strength in this world.
Let’s be clear on what the Spirit’s work looks like! I simply refuse to equate this gaudy show of carnality with true, Spirit-filled worship! The giddiness, the silliness, and the levity that so often accompanies these exhibitions of the “spirit” are a far cry from the sobriety of mind, humility, and self-control that are the hallmarks of a genuine work of the Holy Spirit.
I refer to the recently published YouTube video: ‘The Theonomy Debate: Joel McDurmon vs. Jordan Hall’. Joel McDurmon is an advocate of theonomy (reconstructionism), while Jordan Hall is an advocate of covenant theology. The motion before the two men is: ‘Mosaic Civil Law is Obligatory for Civil Governments Today’, proposed by McDurmon, opposed by Hall.
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Four vital truths which had occupied a prominent place in Christ’s oral ministry are here singled out: His appeal to the Father which sent Him (John 12:44, 45, 49); Himself the Light of the world (John 12:46); the danger of unbelief (John 12:47-49); and the end of faith (John 12:50). The result is clear that the guilt of unbelief …
So long as you are alive to sin you have no chance of living to righteousness but if you have died to sin then living to righteousness in no longer an impossibility. Paul says the same thing in different words as he continues in Romans 6:4 by saying: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death”.
It is nowhere said in Scripture, that if a man fall he cannot be renewed; on the contrary, “the righteous falleth seven times, but he riseth up again;” and however many times the child of God doth fall, the Lord still holdeth the righteous; yea, when our bones are broken, he bindeth up our bones again, and setteth us once more upon a rock.