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The Illustration of Virtue in Greek Drama. Part 5. 2 Peter 1:10.

Sunday, July 4, 2004

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“Therefore, brethren, be motivated even more to make your calling and election a spiritual reality.”

You have been called or invited by God.
It is an invitation whereby grace can change you.

The call of God describes the mechanics of salvation and the beginning of realizing the calling of God upon your life or the divine invitation to participate in the greatest victory ever won.

Accusative singular feminine noun – eklogen – e*kloghVn – “choosing” = election, the act of God picking you out; that act of God’s free will by which before the foundation of the world He decreed his blessings to certain persons.

It was God the Father who elected us in eternity past and in election He willed the highest and the best for each one of us – EPH 1:4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,

The Doctrine of Election.

Point 1. Definition.
Election = the expression of the sovereign will of God in eternity past before the universe existed and before mankind lived on the earth.

Election, along with foreknowledge, predestination, justification and glorification, are all printouts from the doctrine of the divine decrees and the sovereign will of God.

They belong only to the believer and they should cause the believer to have a tremendous amount of confidence that God is with them.

Point 2. There are three elections in history.

a. Israel under the ritual plan of God.
b. Christ under the incarnation plan of God.
c. The Church under the pre-designed plan of God.

Israel was elected under the ritual plan of God –
DEU 7:6 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has elected you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
ISA 45:4 For the sake of Jacob My servant, And Israel My elected one, I have also called you by your name; I have given you a title of honor though you have not known Me.

TLJC was elected under the incarnation plan of God –
ISA 42:1 Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My elected one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.

MAT 12:18 Behold, My Servant whom I have elected; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
LUK 9:35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!”

The church was elected under the pre-designed plan of God –
COL 3:12 And so, as those who have been elected of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

a. The election of Israel brought in the new racial species, the Jew.
God chose Abraham to become the father of the Jewish race, GEN 18:19.

Babylon, Iraq, is mentioned over 300 times in the Bible, and even mentioned three times in the family tree of our Lord Jesus Christ.

b. The election of Christ which brought in the hypostatic union, a new species – undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever.

Jesus Christ is eternal God and therefore different from true humanity.
Jesus Christ is true humanity and therefore different from eternal God.

1TI 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the God-man Christ Jesus,

c. The election of the Church which brought in the new spiritual species, the Church or Royal Family of God – the new creation, 2CO 5:17, GAL 6:15.

Point 3. The unique election of history: the Lord Jesus Christ.

REV 13:8 And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was elected under the salvation plan of God.

2CO 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

2CO 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Under the principle of election TLJC was the lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world, ACT 2:23,

LUK 9:35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My son, My chosen one; listen to Him!”

TLJC was elected in eternity past; and His election was fulfilled through the virgin pregnancy.

“Behold” – hinneh = a command that demands a response of love.

It is impossible to “behold” unless one loves, and impossible to “love” unless one concentrates. Love demands concentration.
“Behold, My servant” = a command that demands us to respond to His love, and His love is revealed in His sufferings for us.

ROM 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

ROM 8:31-32, What then shall we say to these things? If God {is} FOR US, who {is} against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up FOR US all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

GAL 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse FOR US – for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”
EPH 5:2 Christ loved us and gave Himself up FOR US, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
1TH 5:10 He died FOR US so that we may live together with Him.
1JO 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life FOR US;

Behold my servant = a reference to the hypostatic union; TLJC is undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever.

Although our Lord suffered immensely not one bone in His body could be broken according to prophecy –
JOH 19:36 “a bone of Him shall not be broken.”

His face received disfigurement from His physical suffering but also His spiritual suffering which caused mental pain and showed on His face as well.

He will sprinkle many nations = the unlimited atonement, Christ dying for the sins of the world.

PHI 2:9-11, Therefore also the God has highly exalted Him to the maximum, and bestowed on Him the name or rank which is above every name, in order that at the title of Jesus every knee of the heavens should bow, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, resulting in the glory of God the Father.

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