Predestination is a word banned in some church circles. Yet, as we’ll see in Romans 9 today, it is the Bible’s teaching that God chooses some people to be saved, but not others. It’s God’s choice.
Article XVII of the Anglican 39 Articles states: ‘As the godly consideration of Predestination, and our Election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly persons, and such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of the flesh, and their earthly members, and drawing up their mind to high and heavenly things, as well because it doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal Salvation to be enjoyed through Christ, as because it doth fervently kindle their love towards God.’ (http://acl.asn.au/the-thirty-nine-articles/)
Our salvation doesn’t depend on anything in us or what we do but something better and far more sure: God’s choice and mercy in Jesus. This is the most stunning love imaginable. So predestination gives sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to the Christian.
But what about the non-Christian? That’s next week in Romans 10!
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.