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Election Results In: Love

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What you believe about God’s grace affects your life as a Christian.  If you truly believe in your heart that God’s grace is wholly sovereign from start to finish, and that even your faith by/through which you are saved is a gift from Him, your relationship to God will be different than the one who believes that God does everything within His power, but a free/freed human will/volition takes the final step that causes God to be inclined to grant forgiveness to a person.  One is biblical Christianity, the other is not.  These two types of people may appear to be on the same page, and we in our fallen understanding may never be able to tell the difference between them, but God knows the difference between those who believe that they have saved themselves and those who embrace the salvation that belongs to the Lord alone.  As outlined by Abraham Booth in Reign of Grace, another way that the doctrine of election brings about holiness in a Christian is that it produces love:  

In a similar way [to humility (see previous post)], election inspires a holy love in the hearts of believers.  ‘God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him’ (1 John 4:16).  In prayer, believers praise God for his electing love and express their amazement that God should have loved them from eternity in spite of their wickedness and rebellion.  They ask God to possess their hearts and be the supreme object of their affections.  They long that all the idols in their hearts and lives might be thrown down so that the God of all grace can be loved without any rivals.  (emphasis mine)

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Written by keywoodblog

July 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Posted in Bible, Gospel, sermon, theology

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