Tuesday, August 11, 2009
ELECTION, REDEMPTION, AND INTERCESSION OF CHRIST
We believe the Scriptures teach that all of those for whom Jesus died shall be brought to the knowledge of the truth, and not one shall be lost.
"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me, And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day."
Do not these words of Jesus prove that all of the elect shall be saved?
This Scripture shows that all those that God the Father has GIVEN to Jesus to be His bride or body, SHALL be saved. (I Peter 1:2)
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me: And I GIVE unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which GAVE THEM ME, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand."
Even though Satan or the devil is walking about as a roaring lion and seeking whom he may devour; (I Peter 5:8) he may trouble you and cause you to be cast down, it is a comfort to know that the Lord keeps you by His mighty power. (I Peter 1:5)
Even though you may experience days of darkness, and experience times when you cannot feel the presence of the Lord, and experience times when you wonder if the love of God is in your heart, it is a great comfort to know there is nothing that can separate you from the love of God.
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, not powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
Do you believe this Scripture is true and shows that the Lord remembers and keeps all His People?
Do you believe the intercession of Christ is effectual?
Do you believe that the children of God will come out of the world in due time?
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean: and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
(II Corinthians 6:17-18; Hebrews 6:4-6)
We believe those Scriptures advocate that it is IMPOSSIBLE for those who have been enlightened and taught by the Spirit of God to fall away and be lost.
Can you not see that the above Scriptures are sufficient evidence to prove that all of the elect shall be saved?
CHRIST DIED ONLY FOR THE ELECT. "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the SHEEP." (John 10:11)
The sheep does not mean all of the human race, but it does have reference to those whom God has ELECTED to eternal life. "ELECT according to the freknowledge of God the Father,” (I Peter 1:2)
"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you FOR EVER; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world CANNOT receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth WITH you, and shall be IN you."
Since the Holy Ghost dwells with the elect, do you believe that Jesus died for them?
Since the world cannot receive the Spirit of truth or Holy Ghost, do you believe that Jesus died for them?
"For God so loved the world, that He GAVE (not offered) His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Do you believe that the word "world" in this Scripture means all of the human race?
At this point, let us quote John 17:9: "I pray for them: I pray NOT for the world, but for them which thou halt given me; for they are thine." (John 17:9)
Do you believe that Jesus prays for those that He loves?
Do you believe that Jesus prays for those for whom He died?
Why did Jesus refuse to pray for the world?
Do you believe that this Scripture is sufficient evidence to prove that Jesus did not die for all mankind?
"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
Please notice that this Scripture shows that those whose names are NOT written in the book of life DO worship the beast. This means that those whose names ARE written in the book of life do NOT worship the beast, satan and this world.
Do you believe that Jesus died for those whose names are NOT written in the book of life?
Is not this Scripture proof or evidence that Jesus died only for those whose names are written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world?
Jesus prays only for, or intercedes for His people.
"I pray for THEM: I pray NOT for the WORLD, but FOR THEM which THOU HAST GIVEN ME: for they are thine."
This Scripture tells us the ones for whom Jesus prays. Jesus prays or intercedes for the children of God, for whom He has shed His precious blood.
"For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren."
This Scripture shows that both Jesus and the church are all of one, and that the Lord has sanctified the elect or called them out and separated them from the ways of the world, and made them holy. Therefore Jesus prays for His brethren.
The church is spoken of as the body of Christ.
"For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones."
Does this Scripture show that Jesus prays for the members of His body?
" ... He maketh interces-sion for the SAINTS according to the will of God."
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which SHALL BELIEVE on me through their word."
Does not this Scripture show that Jesus is not only praying for those who have been brought to the knowledge of the truth and who have been quickened and made alive by the Spirit of God; but also for those who shall know the truth in the future?
Do you believe that foreknowledge and predestination is taught in this Scripture?
It does not say, those who might believe, but those "which SHALL believe." Briefly, all of the elect shall believe in Jesus at that appointed time known only to the Lord. They shall believe because the Spirit of God teaches them and gives them the wisdom to understand the deep things of God.
"But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption."
(1 Corinthians 1:30 and I Corinthians 2:7-10)
Dear reader, do you believe the above Scriptures are sufficient evidence to show that Jesus intercedes only for the elect?
By Woodrow W. Hudson