mikehill4jesus “What do Election and Reprobation mean to You?”
1st December 2016 (12.55) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
Are you a Professing Christian?
Have you been chosen by God or are you a reprobate?
As in all things Biblical, I recommend that you base your interpretations on the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why? Because that is what the first Disciples did! Today, as in the past, we get Bible Scholars debating the teachings of the Writers in the Bible and those in Christianity. Form your opinions from the Holy Bible and Other Writings with the teachings of the Lord Jesus in mind. To do this, you need the help of the Holy Spirit of God.
Now is the time to examine yourself and make sure you truly love him as described in John 14:23, not John 14:24.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
John 14:23 should be your experience as a Christian. Many Professing Christians are as God describes in John 14:24. Charles Finney helps you to understand the meanings of Election and Reprobation. Don’t take his word for it, check him out with the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit of God.
ELECTION AND REPROBATION
by the Rev. C. G. Finney
Text.– Jer. 6:30: “Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them.”
Text.– Matt. 22:14: “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Text.– 1 Pet. 1:2: “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.”
From these texts you will perceive that I have chosen for my subject ELECTION AND REPROBATION. In discussing it, I propose
I. To define the terms.
II. Show what the scripture doctrine really is.
III. State the reasons for Election and also for Reprobation
IV. Show how, as a general fact, we may determine to which class any individual belongs.
First of all, let me admonish you not to be frightened at the terms, Election and Reprobation. They are Bible terms, and therefore need not alarm any but those who contend against the truth. They are Bible terms, yet have been greatly abused, so that my first business must be to define them, and then in my subsequent remarks, to illustrate them, in order to remove the stumbling-blocks occasioned by their abuse.
I. “Elected” means chosen.
It means precisely this–neither more nor less. A “reprobate” thing is a thing rejected or cast away. To reprobate is to reject, to disapprove, and hence to set aside. It is the counter-part of elect. Such is the meaning of the terms.
II. What now is the Scripture doctrine?
Briefly this: God has chosen to salvation a part of mankind, and has also made up His mind to cast off a part. The whole doctrine is embraced in this: God’s mind is made up as to what He will do in the matter of saving or not saving the individuals of our race. His mind, I say, is made up; of course it is if it ever will be, for He has no new mind, and cannot ever have any new views, new knowledge, or new plans. All things are present to God from the beginning. To deny that God has made up His mind as to what he will do in this matter is to deny the essential attributes of God, for both the beginning and the end are both alike known to Him. With perfect and infinite knowledge ever present to His mind from all past eternity, it is impossible that His mind should not be made up, as to what He will do in the matter of human salvation.
III. But God has good reasons for all He does.
He never makes up His mind without having good reasons, and never otherwise than in accordance with those reasons.
The elect, therefore, are those whom God has, for the best of reasons, determined to save; the reprobate, in like manner, are those whom, for infinitely good reasons, He has made up His mind to cast off for perdition.
GLOSSARY of easily misunderstood terms as defined by Mr. Finney himself.
Compiled by Katie Stewart
Complacency, or Esteem: “Complacency, as a state of will or heart, is only benevolence modified by the consideration or relation of right character in the object of it. God, prophets, apostles, martyrs, and saints, in all ages, are as virtuous in their self-denying and untiring labours to save the wicked, as they are in their complacent love to the saints.” Systematic Theology (LECTURE VII). Also, “approbation of the character of its object. Complacency is due only to the good and holy.” Lectures to Professing Christians (LECTURE XII).
Disinterested Benevolence: “By disinterested benevolence I do not mean, that a person who is disinterested feels no interest in his object of pursuit, but that he seeks the happiness of others for its own sake, and not for the sake of its reaction on himself, in promoting his own happiness. He chooses to do good because he rejoices in the happiness of others, and desires their happiness for its own sake. God is purely and disinterestedly benevolent. He does not make His creatures happy for the sake of thereby promoting His own happiness, but because He loves their happiness and chooses it for its own sake. Not that He does not feel happy in promoting the happiness of His creatures, but that He does not do it for the sake of His own gratification.” Lectures to Professing Christians (LECTURE I).
Divine Sovereignty: “The sovereignty of God consists in the independence of his will, in consulting his own intelligence and discretion, in the selection of his end, and the means of accomplishing it. In other words, the sovereignty of God is nothing else than infinite benevolence directed by infinite knowledge.” Systematic Theology (LECTURE LXXVI).
Election: “That all of Adam’s race, who are or ever will be saved, were from eternity chosen by God to eternal salvation, through the sanctification of their hearts by faith in Christ. In other words, they are chosen to salvation by means of sanctification. Their salvation is the end- their sanctification is a means. Both the end and the means are elected, appointed, chosen; the means as really as the end, and for the sake of the end.” Systematic Theology (LECTURE LXXIV).
Entire Sanctification: “Sanctification may be entire in two senses: (1.) In the sense of present, full obedience, or entire consecration to God; and, (2.) In the sense of continued, abiding consecration or obedience to God. Entire sanctification, when the terms are used in this sense, consists in being established, confirmed, preserved, continued in a state of sanctification or of entire consecration to God.” Systematic Theology (LECTURE LVIII).
Moral Agency: “Moral agency is universally a condition of moral obligation. The attributes of moral agency are intellect, sensibility, and free will.” Systematic Theology (LECTURE III).
Moral Depravity: “Moral depravity is the depravity of free-will, not of the faculty itself, but of its free action. It consists in a violation of moral law. Depravity of the will, as a faculty, is, or would be, physical, and not moral depravity. It would be depravity of substance, and not of free, responsible choice. Moral depravity is depravity of choice. It is a choice at variance with moral law, moral right. It is synonymous with sin or sinfulness. It is moral depravity, because it consists in a violation of moral law, and because it has moral character.” Systematic Theology (LECTURE XXXVIII).
Human Reason: “the intuitive faculty or function of the intellect… it is the faculty that intuits moral relations and affirms moral obligation to act in conformity with perceived moral relations.” Systematic Theology (LECTURE III).
Retributive Justice: “Retributive justice consists in treating every subject of government according to his character. It respects the intrinsic merit or demerit of each individual, and deals with him accordingly.” Systematic Theology (LECTURE XXXIV).
Total Depravity: “Moral depravity of the unregenerate is without any mixture of moral goodness or virtue, that while they remain unregenerate, they never in any instance, nor in any degree, exercise true love to God and to man.” Systematic Theology (LECTURE XXXVIII).
Unbelief: “the soul’s withholding confidence from truth and the God of truth. The heart’s rejection of evidence, and refusal to be influenced by it. The will in the attitude of opposition to truth
perceived, or evidence presented.” Systematic Theology (LECTURE LV).