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SERMON 4

“According as he hath…”
is the second to the longest sentence in the Bible
In original Gk there are no periods until V14.
The KJV has 268 words, the GK has 202 words, 32 prepositional phrases, 21 genitive expressions, 6 relative clauses, and 5 adverbial participle clauses.
It is what is known as a barakah
is another one
is another one
It is an ascription of praise to God for who He is and what He has done
Jewish style- a barakah was a frequently used expression of praise seen in some of the Psalms.
There was a prescribed set of prayers for all Jews to pray every morning, evening, and afternoon and each contained the expression, “Blessed are you, Lord.”
We might take a hint in our greetings:
“Hey, how are you today?” Normally that is what we would say.
How about when you meet someone, instead of “hi, how are you today,” we would say, “Blessed be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
This phrase puts the entire force for what happens upon God
- he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
- Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
- That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Vs 4-14 give a series of reasons we have been blessed by God.
HE DID IT ALL
HE GAVE IT ALL
HE SAW IT AL
HE PLANNED IT ALL
Let’s see what the Elect is all about
I. INSPECT THE ELECT
- Jesus is the Elect of God
is the second to the longest sentence in the Bible
Ephesians 1:1–14 KJV 1900
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:1–14 KJV 1900
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
In original Gk there are no periods until V14.
The KJV has 268 words, the GK has 202 words, 32 prepositional phrases, 21 genitive expressions, 6 relative clauses, and 5 adverbial participle clauses.
It is what is known as a barakah
is another one
is another one
It is an ascription of praise to God for who He is and what He has done
Jewish style- a barakah was a frequently used expression of praise seen in some of the Psalms.
There was a prescribed set of prayers for all Jews to pray every morning, evening, and afternoon and each contained the expression, “Blessed are you, Lord.”
We might take a hint in our greetings:
“Hey, how are you today?” Normally that is what we would say.
How about when you meet someone, instead of “hi, how are you today,” we would say, “Blessed be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
This phrase puts the entire force for what happens upon God
- he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
- Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
- That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Vs 4-14 give a series of reasons we have been blessed by God.
HE DID IT ALL
HE GAVE IT ALL
HE SAW IT AL
HE PLANNED IT ALL
Let’s see what the Elect is all about- Jesus is the Elect of God
“The mediatorial office of Jesus Christ is among the greatest themes of Holy Scripture- a theme that, as a golden chain, binds together all the blessings for which Paul now praises God in his doxology in the Epistle to the Ephesians: through Christ come gracious blessings in the fulness of times (1:10) when God will continue to show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (2:7). His gracious office conceived in eternity past and wrought in time- reaches to eternity to come. And the heart of His ministry of mediation is the Atonement.” shank
Someone has said about the Atonement, that an eternal past knew no other future, and and eternal future will know no other past.
Calvinism from John Calvin 1509-1564 in Geneva, Switzerland and became the foremost theologian of his day, and today.
He came up with the doctrine Election and predestination which we call “Calvinism”
Calvin decided that divine election amounted to God having foreknowledge of who would and would not be saved, selected those who He knew would respond to the gospel, and pre-ordained them to eternal life.
These are the chosen, elect of God according to Calvinism and those who follow that teaching
No one else is chose - everyone NOT elected are reprobates and will end up in hell, no alternatives.
The elect have no choice in the matter- the elect WILL get saved, and the non elect will go to hell.
Irresistible grace is what brings them in- they cannot resist the pull of the grace of God- the have to get saved.
No one knows who the elect are, so the gospel must be preached so they can respond
After we inspect the elect we must...
II.CORRECT THE ELECT
How do we fix this?
He came up with the doctrine Election and predestination
How do we make sense, the right sense, out of ?
Calvin decided that divine election amounted to God having foreknowledge of who would and would not be saved, selected those who He knew would respond to the gospel, and pre-ordained them to eternal life.
Joseph Arminius lived from 1560 to 1609 in the Netherlands as a theologian and he came up with the theology that we know today as Arminianism
This is what Pentecostals have traditionally believed.
These are the chosen, elect of God
His theology tells us that we are saved as God enables faith in the unbeliever, but we are still able to reject that grace.
He can resist the Holy Spirit.
Under Calvinism, Salvation becomes conditioned on God’s election of people in eternity past, rather than comprehensively by the atoning work of Christ.
No one else is - everyone NOT elected are reprobates and will end up in hell, no alternatives.
The elect have no choice in the matter- the elect WILL get saved, and the non elect will go to hell.
Irresistible grace is what brings them in they cannot resist the pull of the grace of God- the have to get saved.
No one knows who the elect are, so the gospel must be preached so they can respond
FB- “So you’re telling me God already ‘foreknew’ who would be saved and He’s still trying to save everyone that He foreknows will never be saved?”
Salvation becomes predicated on God’s election of people in eternity past, rather than comprehensively by the atoning work of Christ.
So was the death, the atonement of Jesus just a pageant, a reflection, a “mirror” as Calvin called it, of what God had already decided?
His work is incidental and symbolic rather than powerful and universal.
Predestination, a word that comes to us in verse 4, includes the idea that the elect are predestined to eternal life, and no matter what they do, they cannot ever be unsaved.
They cannot be unelected
No man shall pluck them out of my hand.
No matter what the elect do or don’t do, they are going to be saved!
No matter what the elect do or don’t do, they are going to heaven!
We say we are elect ONLY as we are in THE Elect, Jesus
No one can be the ELECT outside of Jesus.
In other words, if I was among the chosen, the elect in eternity past, I was elect without the atoning work of Christ.
I was born the elect without being regenerated, made new by His blood
It makes the doctrine of election able to stand without the full atonement of Jesus.
God could have saved by the expression of His will, and not put Jesus through the cross.
Limited atonement- Jesus only died for the elect, and no one else since no one else is going to heaven.
There is a reason Jesus went to the cross- to save sinners.
  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
  Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
We believe in an unlimited atonement, and that is what the Bible communicates to us.
  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
There are other Scriptures that could be used today to demonstrate the Atonement Jesus provided was provided for all sinners, not just the few God chose or elected to be saved.
This gives the preaching of the gospel to a sinful world much more urgency
FB- “So you’re telling me God already ‘foreknew’ who would be saved and He’s still trying to save everyone that He foreknows will never be saved?”
YOU Mean God didn’t choose me by name in eternity past? He didn’t think of me way back then? He barely knows me now?
What this Armenian doctrine does, and we will call it a biblical doctrine of election by grace through faith, is focus our attention upon Jesus
He is the Elect of God- God specifically chose Jesus for this work
As the Elect of God, Atoning for our sins, when you and I believed in Jesus and His death for our sins, He elected or chose us.
There is NO election or choosing outside of Jesus.
I am only the chosen as I am IN CHRIST
If anyone is outside of Jesus, they are not and cannot be the elect undercover.
There are cases in the Bible when God chooses individuals like Jeremiah, Pharaoh, Paul, for His specific work, but this is outside the realm of being saved.
  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
There are multitudes of references in the Bible about the potential to lose one’s faith.
God chooses everyone, but not everyone wants to be chosen
God created us with a will to choose- we aren’t forced into heaven against our will.
Some are quite severe:
  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
  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.
  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
  And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
This belief magnifies the atoning work of Jesus
We need it because we are sinners, all of us
Whosoever will
His work goes on today, applying the finished work of the cross to the heart of sinners, to the heart of whosoever will
In V6 He has made us accepted in the beloved where we weren’t before.
“Beloved” means God’s beloved, as in His Son Jesus.
The beauty of this Arminian view, which is really the Bible view, is that it MAXIMIZES THE ATONEMENT OF JESUS.
HE REALLY DID DIE FOR ALL MEN AND ALL WOMEN!
HE DID NOT DIE FOR THE SELECT FEW BUT FOR EVERY PERSON LOST IN THE DARKNESS OF SIN AND CHAOS.
HE GAVE HIS LIFE TO POTENTIALLY GET EVERYONE TO HEAVEN
So…WE INSPECT THE ELECT TO SEE WHO THEY REALLY ARE
WE CORRECT THE ELECT- THE ERRONEOUS VIEW MANY HOLD
FINALLY…GOD WANTS TO....
III. PERFECT THE ELECT
The next step is to perfect the elect
“That we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”
Once we have been saved, we immediately become chosen by Jesus, made a part of His kingdom, gifted by the Spirit to operate supernaturally in this world, and set on a coarse to ultimately stand before Him holy in love.
There are three times the Bible says, “That we should be,” or it is implied
V4- that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love”
V6- that we should be “to the praise of the glory of His grace”
V12- “That we should be to the praise of his glory”
With His sacrifice and His sounding out the invitation to whosoever will...
With His crucifixion and His call to whosoever will...
The church has come to be
When a person is saved, they become the elect of God, part of the church of the living God.
JESUS PAID IT ALL, ALL TO HIM I OWN
SIN HAD LEFT A CRIMSON STAIN
HE WASHED ME WHITE AS SNOW
VI. DIRECT THE ELECT
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