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General Discussion / Re: Predestination vs free wil...
Last post by jiminpa - November 09, 2019, 11:26:27 am
Quote from: Optimax on November 09, 2019, 10:18:12 am"Elect" NT:1588  eklektos (ek-lek-tos'); from NT:1586; select; by implication, favorite: KJV - chosen, elect.  Strong's

Elect, Chosen, Called, Predestinated, Foreknowledge

Different ideas on what "elect/chosen" means. The idea that God chose/elected those who would be saved.
Some think the person had nothing to do with it, had no say in it, it was God's decision. God chose/elected those who would be saved.
This is true. Truth also is in how he chose those who would be saved.

Matt 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. KJV
Matt 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. KJV

Rom 16:13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. KJV

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. KJV

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; KJV

2 Thess 2:13-14
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
KJV

13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. NIV

Matt 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. KJV

People are called when they hear the Gospel. 

Eph 1:4-5
4 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:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, KJV

4 Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love
5 God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his sons -- this was his pleasure and purpose. TEV

4 In Christ, he chose us before the world was made. He chose us in love to be his holy people--people who could stand before him without any fault.
5 And before the world was made, God decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. This was what God wanted, and it pleased him to do it. ETR

4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  NLT

Matt 22:14
14 For many are called, but few are chosen. KJV

You were called when you heard the Gospel.  Many hear but do not receive Jesus. Those who receive Jesus are "in Him/Christ", therefore are the chosen/elect.

The chosen/elect are predestined to be sons. Sonship came by salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

His foreknowledge means He knew who would

Good to see you posting Optimax. About the only thing I could add to that is what it says in Romans that all creation testifies to God, so that there is no excuse, extending that calling to all, not just those who have heard a human presentation. Yes, evangelism is still as important as ever, since that spoken message is much clearer, and harder to ignore.
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General Discussion / Re: Predestination vs free wil...
Last post by Optimax - November 09, 2019, 10:18:12 am
"Elect" NT:1588  eklektos (ek-lek-tos'); from NT:1586; select; by implication, favorite: KJV - chosen, elect.  Strong's

Elect, Chosen, Called, Predestinated, Foreknowledge

Different ideas on what "elect/chosen" means. The idea that God chose/elected those who would be saved.
Some think the person had nothing to do with it, had no say in it, it was God's decision. God chose/elected those who would be saved.
This is true. Truth also is in how he chose those who would be saved.

Matt 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. KJV
Matt 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. KJV

Rom 16:13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. KJV

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. KJV

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; KJV

2 Thess 2:13-14
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
KJV

13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. NIV

Matt 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. KJV

People are called when they hear the Gospel. 

Eph 1:4-5
4 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:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, KJV

4 Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love
5 God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his sons -- this was his pleasure and purpose. TEV

4 In Christ, he chose us before the world was made. He chose us in love to be his holy people--people who could stand before him without any fault.
5 And before the world was made, God decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. This was what God wanted, and it pleased him to do it. ETR

4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  NLT

Matt 22:14
14 For many are called, but few are chosen. KJV

You were called when you heard the Gospel.  Many hear but do not receive Jesus. Those who receive Jesus are "in Him/Christ", therefore are the chosen/elect.

The chosen/elect are predestined to be sons. Sonship came by salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

His foreknowledge means He knew who would
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General Discussion / Re: Predestination vs free wil...
Last post by jiminpa - November 05, 2019, 01:47:20 pm
Great topic Bryan. I'm not in a good mind-frame right now, (dealing with single parent vs. teenager issues), so I'm hesitant to answer until I get my emotions and mind a little better oriented.

The more I am exposed to Calvinistic predestination, the more I doubt that John Calvin was a Christian. IMHO, pure predestination is just pagan fatalism in a wrapper that semi-Catholics could buy. Calvinism teaches that we can't accept salvation if God doesn't grant us to accept it, but that the God who tells us to choose life, and who inspired the scripture to say that He is not willing that any perish, won't grant the overwhelming majority of us that ability. That makes Him a bigger liar than Satan, and God is not a liar. For pure predestination to be true, God is unjust and the most inhumane butchers humanity has ever seen will be correct in accusing God of sending them to Hell for His sin, which is the opposite of what happened. We know that it was God Himself in a body of flesh who took the condemnation for our sin.

So, what of the scriptures that explicitly say that at least some are called? The only way I see to reconcile free will and God's choosing is that all are called, and God honors our choice to accept the call or not. I think we see that even after we are saved. I have struggled to follow the specifics of God's call on my life. Fatalism says that that must mean that God has not really given me any specific calling, but scripture says that I have a problem with following. That is the only viewpoint that I can see that agrees with the scripture overall.
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General Discussion / Predestination vs free will, a...
Last post by Bryan - November 03, 2019, 08:03:20 am
So I'm sure this thread will get shredded on the other site, but I would like to ask you folks here as well.  I really struggle with this idea that God predestines every single person for salvation and just excludes multitudes for whatever reason. Sure you can say it's his will or whatever, but that is totally against the nature of love and grace.

So I was thinking about this and am curious what kind of responses I would get, should be fun!

Is it possible that God does indeed predestine some people, but not others? Like Jeremiah for instance who was told before he was born God knew him. Or Paul, who wrote that God had set him apart from birth.

So in others words, it's a hybrid of the two positions of free will vs predestination. Where 99% of people who ever exist have the ability to choose faith or not, while there are a very select few who God has called and selected from before birth that will follow him.

To me that seems to be a very biblical position and not at all at odds with God's loving and graceful nature.
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General Discussion / Re: backat last
Last post by jiminpa - October 14, 2019, 02:05:22 pm
Quote from: flaglady on October 12, 2019, 11:49:06 amWell, I'm back at last! Had to have my knee redone on the 6th and it was a brute! Surgery took 3½ hours, the surgeon told me and the replacement implants were 3 times longer than the original! This was because the lower part had come loose and was in danger of causing a break in the bone!

Enough detail, my recovery was awesome in the first 2 weeks but rapidly went down hill thereafter. Not fun! I'm now 6 weeks out, still miserable and haven't been out of the house yet. Only plus side is that my range of movement is terrific. Well at least that's something!

In meantime, my computer took a nose dive and 3-4days of work hasn't resolved the problem so the first thing when I get my freedom back is to get a new computer!
Thanks for updating us Jo. I'll be praying.
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General Discussion / Re: backat last
Last post by Bryan - October 13, 2019, 07:57:32 am
Well hopefully you don't have to spend a fortune to get a new computer.  God willing, your recovery will hit a boost and you'll be dancing like David in no time!  :)
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General Discussion / backat last
Last post by flaglady - October 12, 2019, 11:49:06 am
Well, I'm back at last! Had to have my knee redone on the 6th and it was a brute! Surgery took 3½ hours, the surgeon told me and the replacement implants were 3 times longer than the original! This was because the lower part had come loose and was in danger of causing a break in the bone!

Enough detail, my recovery was awesome in the first 2 weeks but rapidly went down hill thereafter. Not fun! I'm now 6 weeks out, still miserable and haven't been out of the house yet. Only plus side is that my range of movement is terrific. Well at least that's something!

In meantime, my computer took a nose dive and 3-4days of work hasn't resolved the problem so the first thing when I get my freedom back is to get a new computer!
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Deeper Fellowship / Realizing you are not enough
Last post by Bryan - October 08, 2019, 08:25:06 pm
So the other day while praying I had this moment of intense revelation.  I know in the past I have talked about not being enough, but in this moment I felt it.  Truly felt empty and completely helpless against God.

I cant remember exactly what I prayed, but I was praying and reading a book by Andrew Murray when this realization hit.

It wasn't just I'm not enough, but that I'm truly not sure if I am willing to surrender to God.

It really is hard for me to articulate but the feeling remains.  And honestly, I'm okay with that.  I feel closer to God by feeling farther from him if that makes sense.

Me living on this spiritual cliff where I feel as though I'm just a breath away from falling again keeps me tied to him in prayer and supplication.

Perhaps that is the strength of our walk with him?
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General Discussion / Re: Fourteen years old. Yep as...
Last post by jiminpa - September 28, 2019, 11:24:27 am
Wow, my later in life, youngest is 13.
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General Discussion / Re: Fourteen years old. Yep as...
Last post by Bryan - September 28, 2019, 12:01:13 am
Happy birthdsy!  My oldest turned 11 today as well :)
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