‘THIS I KNOW!’
When it comes to saving people from sin and judgment, God is able to do what man cannot do! God does not simply sit back and hope that all people will somehow find wisdom and figure out that they need Him, put their faith in Jesus and become His disciples. Human nature is, according to the Bible, unwilling and unable to draw near to God in order to be saved from the inevitable downward spiral toward destruction. Some people may want “God” to do something for them, but the idea of confessing their sin before God, seeking His forgiveness, believing in Jesus, repenting and living their lives to please Him is not something they consider … UNLESS God acts! Many in the visible church today talk about “evangelism,” sharing what they call the “gospel,” and urging people to “invite Jesus” into their heart or to “accept Jesus.” But God, in His Word, clearly reveals the only pathway to salvation. It begins with His sovereign election, His choosing of some to be saved, and then continues, step-by-step, in the way HE has determined. The first step in God’s plan is His “effectual call” of all whom He has chosen to be His. Remember, God does not “owe” anyone eternal life! Salvation is not something we deserve or that we can earn. God makes Himself known through His creation and then sends the true Gospel throughout the world to be proclaimed to some from every nation … but it is only when the Spirit effectively calls God’s elect that the fruit of salvation begins to be displayed. God doesn’t just TRY to save people! God’s “effectual call” to His elect is 100% effective. Jesus said, “My sheep HEAR my voice, and I know them, and they follow me!” (John 10:27). Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!