Can the Elect Fall Away? (Ursinus)

There are some who believe that it is possible for Christians to have true faith one day and lose it the next. Not all Christians affirm the perseverance of the saints and the unchangeableness of election. In Reformed theology, however, perseverance of the saints is affirmed. Reformed theology teaches that those who are God’s elect… Continue reading Can the Elect Fall Away? (Ursinus)

Election Obligates Us To Gratitude (Van Mastricht)

I'm enjoying the third volume of Petrus van Mastricht's Theoretical-Practical Theology that just came out. Here's a great section where van Mastricht explains one practical aspect of unconditional election: It urges us to gratitude. [When] we have already obtained the certainty of our election, it obligates us to gratitude: 'Blessed be the Father of our… Continue reading Election Obligates Us To Gratitude (Van Mastricht)

“Predestination…From All Eternity” (Sproul)

The words predestined, elect, and election are all biblical words. Jesus talked about God's elect people in Matthew 24:22-24. Paul mentions predestination, the elect, and election in various places, including Romans 8:30, 33; 9:11, Titus 1:1, etc). Peter also talked about election and the elect in his first letter (1 Pet. 1:1, 10). The concept… Continue reading “Predestination…From All Eternity” (Sproul)

The Great Benefits of Election (Boice)

The doctrine of election that Scripture teaches is not a dry, meaningless dogma that has no bearing on our Christian life. Yes, the Bible does teach unconditional election (cf. Eph 1, Rom. 9-11). And once we really think about election from a biblical perspective, we see it is very important, meaningful, and influential for us… Continue reading The Great Benefits of Election (Boice)

Reserved by Election (Goodwin)

In 1 Kings 19:18 we read the famous lines that God spoke to his prophet Elijah. Elijah was in great despair over the wickedness in Israel. He even prayed that the Lord would take his life. Here's one thing the Lord told him: "...I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down… Continue reading Reserved by Election (Goodwin)