Of God’s Decree
Chapter 3, Paragraph 6.
“ As God hath appointed the elect unto glory, so He hath, by the eternal and most free purpose of His will, foreordained all the means thereunto…”
1 Peter 1:2.
2 Thessalonians 2:13.
The economy of God is amazing!
The elect come from all walks of life, in all periods of time. Different cultures, different family lives, different tastes. Such differences seem to indicate that how they obtain salvation would vary greatly as well, yes? Yet that is not so! While the circumstances may differ, the elect all share the same process of obtaining salvation. There will be differences in your life story compared to mine, but as Christians there are common themes that we share. We are:
These means were also foreordained. God is so reliable that not only does He determine to save a people, He determines beforehand how He will do it. No haphazard, hasty, random reaction is made to get the elect to glory. The plans are decreed, the method established, the execution flawless. God’s order of salvation for His people is firmly established, and does not deviate.
So while my environment may look worlds different than a 17th-century peasant, as Christians we both tread the same path. This is true for believers of all times as well as all places. What an encouragement to know that the elect in Zambia, Brazil, or the United States all share in the same redemption! You are not the only one to travel this journey, Christian! Praise God for His wisdom in that!
Questions to Consider
- Do you ever consider yourself to be alone or unique in your Christian journey? Why or why not?