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Election Results In: Humility

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Have you ever gotten into a discussion that some considered as “theological nitpicking”?  When preaching, discipleship, education, etc. wrongly place the core of Christianity in externals rather than in the affections of the heart, many begin to assume that doctrinal debates and discussions are not worth the time and effort.  For instance, “Let’s not talk about predestination–we all love God here, and we all can serve in the kingdom, so let’s just put our opinions aside.”  However, the Scriptures tell repeatedly of God’s judgment against those who claim to serve God externally, “with hearts far from [Him].”  Election is one of those doctrines that has been cast aside the most as being irrelevant to living the Christian life.  Therefore, Abraham Booth, in his work Reign of Grace, shows the importance of the doctrines of grace in true Christianity by outlining three particular areas in which the doctrine of election promotes holiness in the life of a believer. Firstly, election produces humility:

Election is designed to promote genuine humility in us.  It teaches that all mankind, in their sinful state, are equally under God’s wrath and exposed to eternal ruin, and their condition is absolutely hopeless apart from God’s grace in election.  This doctrine does not allow anybody to claim proudly that they are better than others.  When a Christian thinks of himself more highly than he should he is rebuked sharply with these words: ‘For who makes you differ from another?  And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?’ (1 Cor. 4:7).  Those who are the objects of distinguishing love cannot but lie in humility before God because they realize that they are as sinful as those who finally perish in hell, and the only reason they are saved and others are not is because of sovereign grace.  They always acknowledge that they are the chief of sinners, regarding themselves as worthless in God’s sight.  They are inwardly humble and this is manifested outwardly in their conduct.  When true believers pray to God in the secret place the very language they use expresses the lowliness of their hearts.  In prayer they exalt God and humble themselves.  They confess their sins in all of their vileness and acknowledge that they deserve to be cast into hell because of them.  They ascribe their salvation to sovereign grace alone and wonder why God should have marked them out for mercy when millions of others are left to perish because of their sins.  They plead with God for a heart of humility  so that reigning grace might have all the glory.  (emphasis mine)

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Written by keywoodblog

July 21, 2011 at 3:10 am

Posted in Bible, Gospel, theology

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