Consequences of salvation


In yesterdays post 1 Peter chapter one and the three tenses of salvation I talked about how Peter did not speak of three tenses of salvation as taught by the Calvinist.  That Peter saw election and God’s foreknowledge working with a gospel of hope unto one tense of salvation.  This salvation is a future event to come at Christ return.  It doesn’t even happen at the altar of conversion but becomes for us a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

I felt the article was undone so I want to draw your attention to the new section entitled What does this mean for believers?  I encourage you to reread the whole article to grasp the whole consequence of the truth we see in the gospel of scripture compared to the gospel of men.  Then decide what gospel you will follow.  Also notice the link to my previous article, when rereading, called The three red flags on the three tenses of salvation in order to get an even wider range of scripture to consider when comparing the gospel of men to The Gospel According to the Gospel.

You decide, what will be your gospel?

1 Peter chapter one and the three tenses of salvation

I find 1 Peter chapter one a very interesting chapter.  It speaks of God’s foreknowledge, His election of the saints and our salvation.  But is Peter’s account of these three things in compliance with church doctrine? 

Peter calls the believers he was writing to as the elect and in doing this he adds according to the foreknowledge of God. 

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.[1]

There is an understanding in large portion of the church that this election that was done by the foreknowledge of God puts the believer in a state of eternal security.  That once converted there really is no more hope of salvation.  Instead what is taught is believers have gone from a state of been saved (elected by God’s foreknowledge) to a state of being saved (being born again).  According to this teaching the believer only needs to be saved at His coming.  This is called the three tenses of salvation.  Are saved, being saved and will be saved.

I have written about this before in my post Three red flags on the three tenses of salvation.  Now I would like to consider the three tenses of salvation from 1 Peter where we see Peter affirming election by God’s foreknowledge.

Right after his pronunciation of our election by God’s foreknowledge we see in the very next three verses exactly what we have been elected to by God’s foreknowledge. 

Peter taught we have been born again (begotten) by the mercy of God into a hope of a very real and living nature.  And because of this living hope Peter appropriately gives praise to God who is the Father of Jesus.  He did not praise Him because he had received anything.  Instead he praises Him because he knows and lives according to this hope.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,[2]

There is for us believers who have this hope, an inheritance kept for us in heaven which is sure and reliable.  Our hope in our election is not on some changing event or uncertain ability of God to deliver to us who hope.  Rather it is sure in the one who has made the promise.

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,[3]

Peter after telling the believers in his letter of the hope they have kept for them in heaven through the resurrection of Christ from the dead, doesn’t let his readers know they are saved.  Instead he says they are kept by the power of God though their faith unto salvation. 

Scripture screams of this hope and this faith in what we do not possess, yet hope for.  Instead we believers what to preach salvation as an event that comes at the point of conversion, not the hope that it is.  We take Peter’s statements about election and God’s foreknowledge and twist it to mean something that is not taught by Peter or any other writers of either Testaments.

Peter clearly teaches that as believers we have the power of God that keeps us in the promises of God through our faith.  By a faith that is as lively as our hope is, we wait for our salvation to be revealed to us at His appearing.

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.[4]

At His coming those who have been elected through the foreknowledge of God and remained in the faith of Christ will receive their salvation.  The promise will be fulfilled.  We will no longer hope for what we do not have, as Paul says.  We will no longer have to have a faith that hopes for what is not seen, as the writer of Hebrews says, for we will see Him on that day.  Our God who calls things that are not as if they were will no longer speak so concerning our salvation since our hope will be revealed and realized through Christ’s appearing. 

Because of this hope we can go through the trials of the next three verses because we know as we continue in our faith we are closer to our end of hope, even our salvation.  Peter says by living our faith in trails we can look forward to His praise and His glory and His honor.  Those of us who are elected and living for God, are living out in our lives the evidence of things not seen.  This is why Peter can so confidently say we are receiving not the beginning but the end of our faith, the very salvation of our souls.

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.[5]

This salvation, this hope this election by the foreknowledge of God was spoken of by the prophets.  As I said already, no writer of either Testaments teaches what is taught in the doctrine of the three tenses of salvation.  You won’t find this teaching in the Law of Moses or the Prophets and it is not taught in the New Testament. 

Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:[6]

Peter lets his readers know they are to live a sober in their lives and thinking as they hope to the end for the grace to be given unto them when Jesus comes as our King of Kings.  Since our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed as someone has once said and Peter speaks of this salvation as coming at the end of our faith.  Let us not do disservice his message and say we are waiting for the third tier of our salvation.  We are waiting for the one hope of grace unto salvation to be given to us when Christ returns.

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;[7]

What we do see in scripture is a hope in what is not seen.  Again, read my post The three red flags on the three tenses of salvation.

What does this mean for the believer?

Since scripture doesn’t teach there are three tenses of salvation and instead there is only one hope of salvation coming to us at Christ’s return, what does this mean for believers? 

What does it mean for believers that we were not saved simply because God knows and foreknows everything?  What does it mean that His foreknowledge of us receiving Christ as our savior is not the first tense of the three tenses of salvation?  Peter talked about election and God’s foreknowledge and still yet Peter talks about only one salvation, a future salvation coming to us who believe.  What does this mean if we bought into the three tenses of salvation?

What does it mean for believers who never heard of the three tenses of salvation but do believe they were saved at conversion?  What happens to the believer that realizes that scripture is not teaching the race was one at conversion, but rather at Christ’s return?  What happens to a believer’s confidence in what they been told by the church, when the Holy Spirit reveals to them the true teaching of our gospel?

What they should do is praise God!  They should rejoice that God so loves them that He does not leave them in their stupor of anti-gospel.  A gospel that tells them they are saved at conversion and no longer need to hope in what they do not see.  A gospel that teaches them they don’t have to remain steadfast to the end in order to make their hope sure.

And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:[1]

It is for no reason that the writer of Hebrews warns believers in Christ Jesus about falling away from the faith into which they were born again.  Don’t listen to the Calvinist who say the word “if” in Hebrews means “since it is impossible”.  If the word “if” means “since it is impossible” why can’t we find one translation that interpreted it that way?  Ask the Holy Spirit who to listen to, the Calvinist or the Word of God?

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.[2]

If this Word of God is witnessed to you by the Holy Spirit, rejoice in the God who loves you and is still speaking to you through His Word.  We get to be like Abraham who did not hope in something he possessed, rather his hope was in the promises of God that he did not see.

For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.[3]

We too need to patiently endure to the end to see the promises of God given to us in our hope of salvation.  It is not those who have what was promised who have faith like Abraham.  It is those who hope in what was promised and endure patiently for this promise who have faith like Abraham.

And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.[4]

If the light of the true Gospel According to the Gospel, not according to men, has shined its light on your hearts, then obey this gospel.  Know, live and run the race to the end.  Knowing that you have a hope of salvation, do not fall away from the gospel that could have saved you.  Do not shipwreck your faith.  And for Pete’s sake don’t let the gospel according to men cause you to shipwreck others faith by telling them salvation comes at the altar of conversion. 

Don’t put their mind at ease with the anti-gospel when it needs to be at its sharpest.  Let those who hear of your hope in Christ, love God with all their mind, heart and strength.  Give them what they need to live a life worthy of their calling unto salvation to the end. 

The anti-gospel of men is there to bring about death by causing men to assume they have salvation when they do not.  It is there to cause men to not live out their hope to the end, so they will with hardened hearts treat the gospel as finished instead of being manifested in their lives until their race is done.

Reject the gospel of men and embrace the gospel as God has given it to us in His word.  Let me know if the Holy Spirit bears witness with your spirit concerning our one true gospel of hope found in scripture.

[1] Hebrews 6:11

[2] Hebrews 6:4-6

[3] Hebrews 6:13-15

[4] Romans 4:12

[1] 1 Peter 1:2

[2] 1 Peter 1:3

[3] 1 Peter 1:4

[4] 1 Peter 1:5

[5] 1 Peter 1:9

[6] 1 Peter 1:10

[7] 1 Peter 1:13

Why would God grieve if He knew man would sin?

I have been observing a conversation going back and forth between two individuals on another site.  One is advocating God foreknew that man would sin and the other that God did not.  The one who says God did not, contends that God is one who discovers and that His knowledge is not perfect.  He states, that God in His discovery of man’s utter wickedness was grieved that He ever made man, as stated in the book of Genesis.

Is this a biblical view of God?  Does this idea of God being so grieved that He made man, show God is not in the know?  Is God learning and discovering about us, in what we will do in our free will?

I am one who whole heartedly believes scripture teaches free will.  Anyone who reads my posts knows this.  But does free will mean God is discovering us and then reacting emotionally towards us as things are revealed to Him about us?

I responded to this person with the following:

I will tell you of a little tale.

I went and bought three little piglets.  I brought them home and gave them the names of Ham, Bacon and Pork Chop.  We loved those little pigs.  We cared for them, treated them kindly with fresh bedding, water and food.  They grew under our care.  We grew fond of them running up to the fence to receive treats from our hands.  We petted their snouts and called them all by name.  We delighted in our pigs.

But nothing would change in my heart the purpose I had for the pigs from even before I brought them home.  They were raised for the day of slaughter.  The names we gave those pigs did not make that day any easier.  We loved those pigs that were Ham, Bacon and Pork Chop. 

With grief in heart we did what we intended to do with those pigs.  With sadness we would visit an empty pig pen.  We would remorse the slop bucket now went to the chickens.  But when the day came we took our fresh bacon out of the frying pan, we were glad.  We did what we set out to do from the beginning, to raise pigs and eat them.

Now I am but a mere man that can have a purpose and foreknow in my little limited way the destiny of those pigs in my insignificant will.  But they were in my charge, they were my possession and I foreknew what was going to happen to them.  But it still grieved me when they were gone.  That is until they were what we intended them to be from the start.

Is God not greater than us?  Can He not have plans to make man for the purpose of showing us through all the ages the incomparable riches of His grace towards us in Christ Jesus?  Can it not be said that Jesus bore the shame of the cross for the joy set before Him?  The joy of His grace so lavishly shed upon us in His kingdom.  Is God not allowed to grieve over sin in man?  Is He not allowed to then rejoice in His joy when we become what He wants us to be in Christ? 

If I am allowed to have grief in my own little drama, until the purpose of my grief brings me the joy for which I set out in the first place, can not God?  Can not God grieve as more is at stake then just pigs?  Can He not feel pain as the objects of His affection reject Him and turn from Him to do utterly evil all the time?  Can He not experience this as He works in man the mystery of His gospel, even Christ Jesus?  More is at stake then a plate full of meat.  He has every right to grieve as much as He wants until that which He set out to do in the first place is complete.

His emotions have nothing to do with Him not knowing that man would be so sinful that He would wipe all but eight people off the face of the earth.  His emotions come as He interacts with the objects of His affection in the physical time and space we dwell in, not Him.  Why are you so eager to take away from God?

God is emotional.  Is it His grace and kindness you are under or His wrath?  Do you bring Him delight in believing what He says in His word or do you provoke Him to anger by your obstinacies in telling Him how He is?  By the way, you base your life off this as well you know.

Your education I can not hold a candle to.  You are so knowledgeable and I am but a simpleton.  But I ask you to become a fool like me and simply believe God at His word.  Be childlike in your understanding as you walk out your faith, not your knowledge, like a man of God.  Don’t you desire to be like Samuel?  Do you not want to be someone God will say, “You are highly favored?”  Don’t you want to have the faith of Abraham, so God will call you friend?  Doesn’t your heart burn to be like David who was a man after God’s own heart?  How are you a man after God’s own heart?

Has God really said?

As a follow up to yesterdays post, I would like to keep discussing God’s love for mankind and the dangers of heresy in the church that would unwittingly pervert the gospel we have received.

Our adversary, the devil, could not keep Christ from becoming our savior.  Christ has died to take away the sins of the world and there is nothing that can be done about.  But this doesn’t keep him from spreading lies about what Christ has done and what it means for mankind.

There is a man of history who has bought into a lie from Satan concerning the love of God and the sacrifice He has made for mankind.  Calvin bought into the lie that Christ did not die for every man.  Somehow he had persuaded himself, like Eve in the garden, that God’s word doesn’t really mean what it says.  The phrase is the same, “Did God really say.”

The teaching of this man Calvin has grown into a doctrine unto itself.  There are vast number of professing bible believers who not only follow this doctrine of Calvin, they malign those of us who do not.  They accuse us who believe God so loved the whole world that, He died for the whole world and offers the whole world salvation as being ignorant of God’s word.

Satan in his lust to pervert God’s grace toward us has actually gotten a large part of believers to believe that Christ did not die for those who will never enter the kingdom of heaved.  They say Christ only died for those who will accept Him.  The Calvinist mumbles and jumbles and twist scripture to say what it does not.  So again the question is, has God really said?

Calvinism teaches that God’s grace is only for the elect and not the non-saved.  They would say that the unsaved has God’s mercy, as in the fact He hasn’t judge them yet and He lets it rain on the just an unjust alike.  But His grace is reserved solely for those who will come to a saving knowledge of Christ.  But has God really said that?

No He hasn’t.  The Holy Spirit has said to us that the grace of God is extended to everyman through Christ.  For Christ has tasted death for every man.  Not some, not elect, but every man.  So again, what has God really said?

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.[1]

The question for the Calvinist is, will you keep saying to yourself, has God really said and believe a lie straight from the father of lies?  Or will you embrace the gospel message that is presented by the Holy Spirit to us in scripture. Will you let God be God and give us His gospel message or will you now tell us that the word “every man” does not mean every man.  Just like the word “world” doesn’t mean world or the word “whoever” doesn’t mean whoever?  Will you always be stiff necked and say in your hearts, has God really said?

To those of you who love the Lord and His word and are seeing the lies of Calvinism in light of scripture, the Holy Spirit is calling you out of that religion of man.  Depart from this doctrine of man unto the life giving gospel message of the Holy Spirit that wishes to witness this to you on your heart of flesh.

If you are a Calvinist and the Holy Spirit is revealing His word to you, let those of us who follow this web sight know, so you can be encouraged and prayed for by these fellow believers in the true grace of God.  If you have questions in your search for the truth of scripture, ask, so readers of this blog can help you to come to a better understanding of God’s word.  Let you light then so shine that you too can minister to those who come out of her.  As it is written, come out of her my people.

[1] Hebrews 2:9

God’s love in precision

If God’s righteousness is displayed in the heavens, modern science has been showing us how vast is His righteousness.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.[1]

Through the innovation of technology we get to look light years into deep space see how the heavens declare the glory of God.

Man has learned how precise God has put the heavens together.  If we were but a little bit closer to the sun life would not exist on earth.  If we were but a little bit further from the sun, again we would have no life on earth.  If the earth axis and rotation was not what it is, we would not have the weather we do have making life impossible again.  If our solar system was closer to our galactic core than it is we would have too much exposure to the violent nature of the cosmos.  We seem to be tucked away very nicely in the exact location and circumstances that we need to be in for life to exist.

We see this same precision when we look at the atomic level.  If the electron rotated any slower or faster around the atom we would have no atoms.  If the nuclear bond was any weaker or stronger we would have no atoms.  I have not tried to be technical, but in the simplest way show how God has done a very precise work that can not and should not be altered if mankind or creation is to exist at all.

Do we now go from the vastness of the created universe with all of its precision and working laws of science, that God has put in place, and zoom down to earth to a book and declare His work in this book is not exact?  Are we to believe God is exact in His creation that declares His righteousness and glory, but in His book that declares His love it is not so exact?

Believe it or not there are Christians who advocate this very thing when they teach the doctrine of men.  Can you believe that men actually teach that John 3:16 doesn’t mean what we read?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.[2]

Through a perverted doctrine concerning election they advocate that God did not send His son to the world but to those elect who are in the world.  They teach that whoever does not mean an open invitation to all mankind to receive Christ, but only the elect.  They throw out all kinds of reasons and equally unbiblical uses of scripture derived from the reason of man to support such a position.

Through the reason of man they want us to believe that God did not send His Son to the whole world and that an open invitation is not given to all mankind.  That world doesn’t mean world and that whoever doesn’t mean whoever. 

We can see the in the simplest way that God is precise in what He has done to establish a home for mankind in the heavens.  We can see His exacting handiwork even in the examination of the smallest details found in the atoms.  And this incredibly accuracy is found in something that is temporal and will be burned up.

Yet in His word we have believers that assume God can not and has not communicated His love to us with such accuracy in His eternal word.  These same believers want us to believe that “if” doesn’t mean perhaps or the place of decision but rather to mean “since”.  By hold to and advocating their doctrines upon the hearts of men who would put their hope in Christ, they offer a twisted convoluted idea of God’s love to mankind.

I urge believers to trust God to mean what He says and say what He means in His word.  If God is able to hold creation in His hands with such precision, is He not able to hold His word in His hands with such precision too?  Men will take you down roads of reason and doctrine that starts out biblically but then will imply or say stands to reason.  I say. let’s just stick to what the text says.

For God so loved the world that He gave His Son, our Logos, to us in perfection so that in His open invitation to mankind He is willing that none be lost when we as sinners repent and put our hope in Him.

Be encouraged, those who were burned at the stake during the reformation did not die in vain as they laid down their lives so we can read the scriptures in our own language.  God who is the originator of language did not cut Himself or the representation of Himself out of His word in our translation.  There is no hidden meaning in the word “world”, “whoever” or even “if”. 

We can trust the Holy Spirit to teach us all things in Christ.  We who trust and believe God at His written word are like David who apposed not only a giant, but a whole nation who had God figured wrong.  So be bold in the Holy Spirit and proclaim the written word of God as the Holy Spirit reveals it to you in opposition to the more educated and established institutions built on the doctrines of men.  Remember the exactness of His temporal creation, God’s love communicated to us is even more precise.

[1] Psalms 97:6

[2] John 3:16

Three red flags on the three tenses of salvation

There is a very interesting point about God that Paul brings up in our New Testament.  This is the fact that our God has a strange habit of calling things that are not as they were. 

As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.[1]

Because I believe this, it tends to bring me into conflict with other believers.  Just as much as many believers understand and confess that God gives life to the dead, I believe God calls things that are not as if they were. 

Believers say they are saved, have eternal life, are adopted as sons and so on.  They do this for good reasons because they see in scripture where it states these things.  But how many Christians confess they are waiting for their salvation, their adoption, their eternal life and so on?  Almost none, although scripture teaches this as well.

Calvinist though have a very interesting way of handling this apparent duality of having and not having found in our scripture.  They say there are three tenses of salvation, although there is no verse or text that teaches this.  But they say we have been saved, are being saved and will be saved.

Have been saved comes from scripture that teaches names have been written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world.  The lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world, our reward has been prepared for us from the foundation of the world, the promise of our gospel is from before the foundation of the world and so on.  So hats off to them, they recognize that God did not decide to send His Son after giving it some thought when Adam sinned, as so many preachers seam to coin it.  So this is their first tense of salvation.  Have been saved.

They, like most believers, see the very present tense of are saved, bring saved, are children of God, have been adopted, have received eternal life as the second tense of salvation.  They say this is being saved.

The third tense of salvation deals with those scriptures that teach we wait for our salvation, our adoption as sons, eternal life and so on.  This they say is the last tense of salvation, that we will be saved.

At least some thought has been given to it, since most in the church do not even consider these supposed tenses of salvation.  They go on being Samericans worshiping what they do not know and could care less to study out God’s word. 

Are the Calvinist correct in their understanding of salvation?  Is there really three tenses of salvation?  Does this doctrine contradict scripture or does scripture teach it?

First of all, scripture does not teach there are three tenses of salvation.  Any honest dialogue would confess that this teaching is implied.  Implied by scripture would be the assumption.  It is assumed by us there is some reasonability of accuracy in this doctrine to deal with the duality of having and waiting found in our gospel.

In order to accept the three tenses of salvation though we have to ignore what I would consider to be foundational truths of our gospel.  Number one on my list is faith.  We all know and probably can quote Hebrews 11:1.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.[2]

The three tenses of salvation runs into problems at the fundamental understanding of what we hope for.  How can we hope for what we already have and are already getting? 

Continuing to read past Hebrews 11:1 shows the ancients were commended for hoping in what they did not have nor did they receive what they hoped for.  Yet with the three tenses of salvation we say we don’t hope in what we do not have, we hope in what we have and are continuing to have.  If the ancients were commended in their hoping, not in what they had or were receiving, only in what they did not have, what do we have to commend to us in for faith?  So this is my first red flag on the three tenses of salvation.

Paul speaking of hope ask a very interesting questions to the believers.  He ask, what man hopes for something he already has?  This is a rhetorical question based on simple common sense.  The answer is nobody would hope for what they already have.

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.[3]

This scripture is so key to understanding what we brag about in Hebrews 11:1.  Who does hope for what they already have?  Do we not know, do we not understand hope that is seen is no hope at all?  If our hope is seen, how can our so called hope be faith?  But if we do not have it yet our hope is true hope and our faith is true faith based on a real hope, and we wait for it patiently.  In this way we follow our biblical example of those who had true faith and a real hope.  Not an implied assumption of already possessing, which deviates from our biblical model of faith.  So this is my second red flag on the three tenses of salvation.

What does scripture teach about the duality we see concerning our salvation, our adoption, our eternal life and so on?  If it is not biblical to hope for what you already have, if it is not biblical to call faith hoping in what you have, what is the answer to this conflict of possessing and not possessing in our gospel?  Do we posses what is clearly spoken of in our gospel as being posses by us here and now or not?

Interestingly Paul saw no problem with this situation.  He didn’t handle it by teaching the three tenses of salvation.  He simply let us know that our God is a God who calls things that are not as if they were.  So when He or another writer speaks of things in the here and now in our gospel, it is our hope in what God imparts to us by speaking what is not as if it were.  That is unless we are greater than the man of faith our father Abraham  This is the third red flag I have on the three tenses of salvation.

For example, the very idea of imputed righteousness that we have means credited righteousness.  We are credited because we do not have.  It is as if we do, when we really do not.  It is credited.  We are treated and in a relationship with God as if we do when we do not.  We are credited.  When we finally receive our crown of righteousness then we will no longer be credited we will posses.

So what is more biblical?  To say we have three tenses of salvation and we hope for what we have?  Our faith is hoping in what we see and posses? 

Or is it more biblical to say we like those before us hope in what we do not have?  Is it more biblical to say our faith is based on our hopes in the promises of God that we wait to be fulfilled, not in what we have?  Is it more biblical to say God calls things that are not in our gospel as if they were? 

So what do you let God call that which is not as if it were in your gospel?  Or is it more biblical to say, not in my gospel you don’t?

[1] Romans 4:17

[2] Hebrews 11:1

[3] Romans 8:24-25

Are you worthy in the world of election?

Many teach that God in His election has chosen men to receive salvation and others He has chosen not to receive salvation.  They teach that those men who have been elected have God’s irresistible grace which they can not refuse.  They must and will become saved, there is no choice about it.  Those who were not elected have no choice but to go to hell, since God never gave them the invitation in the first place.

Funny thing though, Jesus’ theology doesn’t match the theology of these teachers.  Jesus taught that people were bidden, called, elected to come to the great wedding supper of the Lamb but were not found worthy.

Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.[1]

Why were these people not worthy?  Why were they invited in the first place if they were not worthy?  If the Calvinist understanding of election is true, then why did they get the invite in the first place?  They should have never been invited according to Calvin.  Was there unworthiness a condition of election only or was it something involving free will on their part?  It couldn’t be from election for what corruption does God impute to man in election? 

Jesus sets up the story by telling us that a king’s son is getting married and to call those who were invited to come but they would not come.

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.[2]

We see from the story those who were called to come refused to come.  If God’s election, His grace is irresistible and no man can refuse His sovereign will, how is it those called, those invited refused His election, irresistible grace and His sovereign will?  Not only did they refuse Him once they refused Him again!

Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.  But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:[3]

A second sincere invitation was sent, but Jesus tells us of these people they made light of it.  They made light of His calling, they made light of His electing them to come.  They were not compelled to behave contrary to their own free will and they rejected the invitation.  Apparently God’s sovereign will is not as the Calvinist describe.  They teach that God’s sovereign will no man can resist.  But Jesus is describing to us not just a single rejection but two.  These twice call, twice elected to come are described as making light of the invitation.  And who were these that were called?  Who were they that were elected to come?  Who were they that demonstrates the Calvinist doctrine of irresistible grace is a lie?  Who were they that turns the Calvinist doctrine of God’s sovereignty on its head?  They were not just a group of people on the fringes, they were the remnant!

And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.[4]

The chosen people of God refused Him and mistreated His servants and killed them.  The people of God that were under the covenant to be the people of His calling and election did this.  Those to whom it was said they would be His people and He would be their God did this.

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.[5]

Jesus doesn’t describe those who were not elected, as the Calvinist do, who are the ones to receive wrath.  He describes that wicked remnant as those who receive wrath.

But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.[6]

We need to ask ourselves in a world of election, were God has called every one to come, will we be found worthy?  Will we make light of the same invitation to come to the wedding feast of the Lamb?  Will we be to busy to really walk with the Lord?  Do our schedules keep us to busy to read our bibles and seek out God in prayer?  Have we been so stuck in the rut that we feel cold or yet worse, lukewarm in our walk with God?

We may not be those who kill His servants, but do we make light of the invitation by its not being a high priority to us in our daily lives.  Who will be found worthy in the world of election?

Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.[7]

If you are a believer, if you are part of the remnant and you rest your hope on irresistible grace and God’s sovereign will to see you into His kingdom, you hope in a vanity.  Jesus Himself shows us this.  Will you trust the words and teachings of Calvin or will you listen to the one you call savior?

[1] Matthew 22:8

[2] Matthew 22:2-3

[3] Matthew 22:4-5

[4] Matthew 22:6

[5] Genesis 17:7

[6] Matthew 22:7

[7] Matthew 22:8