Proof Of Election and Freedom To Preach The Gospel

“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.” (1 Thess 1:4-5)

Thoughts from this passage

1) The only way to tell who is “elect” is from the response people have to the word of God. The implication is the word of God should be preached indiscriminately to all who will hear it.

2) When the elect respond to the word of God, they respond in “power”  and with “full conviction”. This should bring great confidence to the enterprise of evangelism and missions. God is still in the business of changing lives.

3) The word of God is instrumental in the salvation process. Peter says it clearly:

1 Pe 1:23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;

 

Related to this, I recently heard a preacher once say- “Missions is a hunt for the elect.” That is a strange way of looking at things, but I think that hits home to what Jesus declared in John 10:

Jn 10:14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

Jn 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Jn 10:16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

 

3 comments

  1. Hmm… Interesting thoughts. Limited atonement is still an issue I struggle with accepting, because of verses like 2 Peter 3:9, that speak of the LORD’s desire that ALL would come to salvation. We should talk about this in person some time. I would love to get your perspective. 🙂

  2. That’s funny Fernando. I was only talking about election and yet you jumped to limited atonement. 🙂 I have no perspective really on limited / particular atonement yet. The logical side of me understands it as a consequence of the other doctrines of grace, the human side of me wonders how it can be, the pastoral side of me wonders why it would matter, and the nerd side of me would love to spend a month studying the doctrine. As of yet, those four sides have not come together in a perfect storm to force me to come to some understanding where I can share what I understand with any type of strong conviction. The one book I want to read is John Owen’s “The Death of Death in the Death of Christ”

  3. I love that quote “Missions is a hunt for the elect.”
    God calls us to this mission where we don’t know who we are to share with, only that we are to share. If we were to know, we wouldn’t be bold with the gospel and would limit it to those we knew “needed” to hear it. This way, we just share it with the world. And discovering the elect comes when we see who responds to the gospel message we preach. So awesome!

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