A Lack of Ambassadorship and Testimony Pt.2

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042The Sovereignty of God in Salvation

What causes a man to throw the entirety of his person and his life into a testimony for God? It is far from the mind of our average non-believer to be an representative even unto death for someone he cannot see, taste, hear, smell or touch. We must admit that this is not something that is natural for people to do. In order for there to be desire for ambassadorship, there needs to be something that happens to this individual. He needs an appreciation of the supernatural.

Over the past few years there has been a sudden revival in the understanding of the doctrines of grace. There have been many truths in this regard that have become prevalent in many popular modern day teachers.  Along with this surge has come a new interest in some of the “old” writers whose writings had the doctrine of God’s sovereignty in salvation as a focal point to their theological writings has influenced many in a new appreciation for these ignored biblical truths. This resurgence however needs to grow tremendously before we can see a true effect on the state of Christians today and it is my prayer that it will.  When I speak of the sovereignty of God in salvation I am acknowledging the right of our God to choose to save whom he pleases and with whom He will spend eternity with. The scriptures raise our hearts to the sky in revealing to us of God’s purposes in saving a people unto Himself.  Paul affirmed this wonderful truth on many occasions in his writings. We read in Ephesians 1 that He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:4-6) These wonderful blessings are on the basis of God’s “kind intention” and “to the praise of the glory of His grace”. Paul also confirmed this right of God in his letter to the Thessalonians where he stated that we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13) We find the entirety of our salvation based upon God’s work in us that was established “before the foundation of the world”. God’s will is the true source of salvation even to the extent that He gave us the faith to believe on His Son! (Acts 13:48; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:9) since without His planned interference that no one would come to the Son. (John 6:44) Salvation is truly and fully of the Lord!

What we might consider now is how the sovereignty of God in salvation is relevant to the lack of passion in our North American Christianity today? The answer, in our opinion, is that we no longer view our God in an awestruck way. What truly stirs up our hearts with overwhelming appreciation is that we can essentially look at God, not as one who simply created a plan of salvation and left us who are dead and enslaved to sin (Eph. 2:1-4; John 8:31-34), but instead as the gracious God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who is the God of unfailing power and of conquering purposes. He is the one who broke our rebellious will and produced everything that is ours without ANY help of the human will. He is the one who is accomplishing His purposes in all things and demands faithfulness of His people! Who are we to be thankful as His chosen people but live a life that is in accordance with His holy purposes with fervour and zeal to proclaim His precious name!

The truth is however that I have addressed this particular point as a means of introduction in order to build upon it. It should be carefully noted that simply because an individual holds to God’s Sovereignty in Salvation shouldn’t presuppose they are possessing Godly passion in their lives. There are many who hold to the doctrines of Grace who have fallen into the trap of the losing their enthusiasm for the gospel testimony and holiness. The thought expressed here is that it is an incredible boost to humble ourselves in subjection to our Lord when we see that everything that we are and possess is ours only by Sovereign grace!


Written by shawnkjmcgrath

August 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Posted in Discipleship

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