The Bible teaches election. It also teaches free grace. The same God Who said that as believers He had “chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), also said: “whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
In addressing the Thessalonians, Paul reminded them of their “election in God” (1 Thessalonians 1:4). The key to understanding the doctrine of election from the perspective God intends us to understand it is to remember that God means for that truth to be a source of comfort, not contention. Continue reading
“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed…nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew 17:20).
This is the second passage where Christ uses the mustard seed illustration. In this passage Peter, James and John were returning with the Lord from the Mount of the Transfiguration where Christ revealed Himself in His glory.
During that return trip the three asked the Lord a theological question about Elias: “Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?” (Matthew 17:10). Christ responds by saying that Elias had already come in the form of John the Baptist whose ministry was in the spirit of Elias (Matthew 17:12). Elias’ ministry was to set the people’s mind right when it came to their understanding of the Messiah. Up to the time of John the Baptist there were many misconceptions. John the Baptist’s ministry was the instrument of reformation used of God to help those truly seeking Messiah to recognize him when He appeared. He capped off his ministry in no uncertain terms when he declared: “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:33-36) on the day Jesus appeared for baptism. Continue reading