Great Sermon! Great message. Brought back memories to me as I heard a pastor one time ask someone what schools they went to and what professors they studied under when this person disagreed with them on a point in Scripture. All the while he knew they did not go to school. I am in favor of always learning we must be careful not to elevate those things as a measure of someone's spiritual qualifications.
Great Sermon! Over and over I tell myself I can't live on yesterday's graces but on today's. Like Gods daily provisions in the wilderness. May we all cling to the Lord every second of everyday and remember what He has done.
Our underlying presuppositions are crititical when trying to understand anything. If we have a presupposition that God cannot be partial, and that God is outside of time, it will affect the way we view other scriptures. It is true that God has the right to do whatever He wants, but whatever He does cannot contradict His character or His Word. If God is not partial, how can He choose someone to be saved based on nothing the person does? Wouldn't that prove He is partial?
God cannot be partial.(Deut 1:17, 10:17, 16:19, Job 13:10, 32:21, 2 Chron 19:7, Prov 18:5, 24:23, 28:21, Acts 10:34, Luke 20:21, Rom 2:11, Gal 2:6, Eph 6:9, James 2:3-4, 2:9, Col 3:25, 1 Tim 5:21, 1 Peter 1:17, 2:23. If election is unconditional, then we have contradictions in the Bible and all of the above verses have to be ignored. Contradictions disappear if God is outside of time. Modern physics proves that time itself is a physical property that varies with acceleration and gravity. God is not subject to gravity and to its effects. God does not accelerate. He is omnipresent, outside of time. Space, time, and matter are irrevocably coupled. All three had a beginning.
It is sad that so many people believe that faith alone can save, contradicting James 2:14 and James 2:20. Perhaps this is one reason the churches are full of professing Christians whose destiny will be the Lake of Fire if they do not repent and follow the Messiah.