Friday, April 22, 2022

Predestined and election: Does God treat all equally?


Predestination Election: Does God Treat All Equally?


The Apostle Paul speaks about things such as election and predestination and God knowing where people are going to go even before they ae born, he speaks specifically in Romans 9 about the children of Israel, that is Jacob and Esau and how God loved Jacob and He hated Esau.  So, does God just choose some of us to go to hell while electing others to go to heaven?  The answer is God is ALWAYS JUST and He always judges us according to OUR HEART.  If you were just to read the writings of the Apostle Paul, say for example Romans 9, say 10-13, you may come to the conclusion that God just sends people to hell for no reason, He hates people for no reason and He loves other people and brings them in as His elect for no reason.  And that’s simply NOT true.  If you look at the lives of people like Jacob and Esau, they had a serious of choices and God worked with them through those things that they did in their life, and He called them to repent.  And God always is for the righteous, He is for the humble, He is always for those who repent of their mistakes.  Jacob did that and God was for Jacob.  But God is against those that harden their heart, who are rebellious and who refuse to come to Him.  I want to give you an example of this from another 2 brothers who were Cain and Able.  As we know Cain killed Able, but before Cain kills Able, God gives Cain a word to him and God says this to Cain; (Gen 4:6-7) “So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry?  And why has your countenance fallen?”  and then God says to him; “If you do well, will you not be accepted?  And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door.  And its desire is for you, but you should RULE OVER IT.””   God did not just predestine Cain for hell, He did not just predestine Cain to kill his brother, but God specifically came to Cain and He gave Him the words of life, he told him what he had to do, and told him he had a choice.  ALL of us have a choice, will we choose what is right?  Will we be in God’s blessing because we choose to do what is righteous?  Or will we be in God’s curse because we reject Him.  Don’t be deceived by the church that says, “You can do no wrong, you are just part of God’s elect, you have been saved long ago, you are gong to heaven…” And certainly don’t believe Satan’s lie that you’re just going to hell no matter what you do.  Satan will throw accusations at you saying; “You are just part of the damned, you have been hated since you were born, everyone knows that you are of a corrupted seed and God will send you to hell, you are just predestined no matter what you do…”  NONE of that is true.  If you look at the stories of just how God worked with His children He ALWAYS gave them the opportunity to repent, He didn’t just predestine the to heaven without cause, and He didn’t just damn them to hell without cause.  The Lord is ALWAYS JUST in His dealings.  We can gather some VERY wrong conclusions from what the Apostle Paul wrote, or what other people wrote throughout the Scriptures, but the truth is, THE LORD IS JUST.  He loves every single one of us, BUT HE DOES NOT TREAT US EQUALLY IN REGARDS TO WHAT WE DO.  If we choose what is evil God will start to detest us, He will hate our lives, He will hate us to the core because we are rejecting Him, we are rejecting His Spirit.  But on the flip side of that, if we reject SIN, if we reject the evil nature, if we can overcome then the Lord will receive us.  But we need to MASTER OUR SIN, we have to OVERCOME THE FLESH, we have to overcome hatred and evil desires, and if we do then the LORD will receive us.  There is a reason that God loved Able, and there is a reason God loved Jacob.  You know Jacob was a deceiver, he started out on the wrong foot, but he repented, he had a love for the LORD in his heart and he chose to walk in the way of the Lord, he wasn’t perfect but the Lord perfected him as he started walking with the Lord.  He had a heart to desire what was true and what was right.  He walked with the LORD.  So did Abraham his father, he wasn’t perfect, but he had a heart to walk with the LORD.  It  is true that even before we are born GOD KNOWS what choices we are going to make because God is Omnipotent, He knows ALL things.  But don’t fall into the thought that you can’t repent because God just is sending you to hell, that simply is NOT true.  No one is in hell because there were just predestined by God APART from their choices, their actions, the things that they physically and spiritually did.  You will be sent to hell if you reject the words of Jesus Christ.  You are accountable to your actions, your thoughts, and your words.  Will you overcome?  Will you MASTER SIN?  Will you OVERCOME IT?  Will you call on the name of Jesus and be saved or will sin master you and will you fall into temptation?  And will God reject you because you never came into His presence, you never overcame the darkness?  I hope that you overcome in the name of JESUS and really come into HIS love.  May the grace of Jesus be with you.