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Theology and Doctrine

Terms used in reference to Spiritual Salvation

Election – The aspect of the eternal purpose of God whereby He certainly and eternally determines who will believe and be saved. Yet no one is excused from believing by this doctrine. God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

Reference Scriptures:

Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Acts 13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’

The New King James Version. 1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Without making my statements either doctrinal or theological election to me election is a picture of a God who chose from those who had no will or supposition to come to Him. He drew us by His awesome love and kindness into a loving relationship with Him. In the scriptures God is revealed as the pursuer of relationship with mankind. In Genesis He established a time in the cool of the day that he would have Holy Communion with man, by walking with him in a garden and having a loving conversation. In Revelation we have an account of God just before the final judgment the world is about to end God calls out to the inhabitants of the earth that they would come to Him before it is too late. Election is more about the loving loyalty of God than it is about some being chosen and some not. I speak in agreement with the book of Acts chapter two verse twenty one. “And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Predestination – Relates specifically to the intent of God to conform those whom He has chosen to the image of Christ.

Reference Scripture:

Romans 8:29-30 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

The New King James Version. 1982 (Ro 8:29-30). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

To simply say that God is committed to us does not totally reflect the level of commitment He has toward His people. He so wants our lives to reflect His light that He was willing to pay whatever cost it took to insure we had an open communication line to Him. Sin that entered the world through Adams fall, had to be fully paid. He was committed enough to send His Son to pay the price no man before or since had the ability to fully recompense. After we come to Him his commitment to us does not diminish. Since there was no other word spoken that could last for eternity regardless of what came against it, He spoke Himself and declared the we would be predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. Rest assured God is working in us little by little until we reflect Jesus in all we do. He loves us too much to leave us the way we are, the power of Gods love reached to change and transform the willing heart it is all predestined.

Calling – used in two senses, the general call of the gospel addressed to all humans and second the application of the word of the gospel to the ones God has chosen, this call results in regeneration

Reference Scriptures:

Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

1 Corinthians 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

The New King James Version. 1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Our number one calling, not our only but certainly our primary is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. I believe that scripture is as clear on this as anything I have studied but we miss this primary calling as we work to gain the approval of God. This was a concept totally foreign to the likes of Moses, Abraham, David and Jesus. Each of these was friends of God, one the first born Son of God. Calling is defined by some to mean what we do or what we will accomplish. Calling is rather who we are without a relationship with the Father whatever we do is not connected to the vine. When we do what God calls us to do in right relationship with Him even the simplest things become powerful ignited by His flame of glory. We reflect Him instead of trying to please we operate out of knowing His favor and smile is with us.

Law – The means by which God governed His covenant people in the Old Testament, whereas He established His covenant by grace. The New Testament demonstrates that the role of the law is not to justify, but to show us what sin is. It was only a school master to bring us to Christ.

Reference Scripture:

Genesis 17:7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.

The New King James Version. 1982 (Ge 17:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Regeneration – Refers to the spiritual change brought about in a person by the Holy Spirit, namely a new life. This change is from spiritual death to spiritual life. It is a change in one’s very nature, to one in communion with God.

Reference Scriptures:

2 Corinthians17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Ephesians 2:1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Deuteronomy 30:16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.

Isaiah 67:15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

The New King James Version. 1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.


Justification
– Believing God’s promises through faith and having that faith counted by God as righteousness.

Reference Scriptures:

Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 4:12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.

Galatians 3:6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Romans 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

The New King James Version. 1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Sanctification – The work of God in developing the new life and bringing it to perfection before God. It is being separated from the sinful life and being set apart for a sacred purpose.

Reference Scriptures:
Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

The New King James Version. 1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Glorification – The completion of the work of God in the believer.

Reference Scripture:

Romans 8:30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

The New King James Version. 1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

God Bless You!
James Yates