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Understanding John 6:44 – the drawing of the Father

Understanding John 6:44 – the drawing of the Father

οὐδεὶς δύναται ἐλθεῖν πρός με ἐὰν μὴ ὁ πατὴρ ὁ πέμψας με ἑλκύσῃ αὐτόν, κἀγὼ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν ἐν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ. (John 6:44; Greek) No one is able to come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise that person up on the last day. (John 6:44,...

Jacob have I loved

Jacob have I loved

"Jacob have I loved" In the discussion of predestination, you will quickly hear the oft quoted verse from Romans 9:13. As it is written, "I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau." This text is used to suggest that God had particularly chosen the man Jacob for...

Predestination – Part 2

Predestination – Part 2

Part 2 – Romans 8:28-39 A second passage where we find “predestined” (PROORIZŌ) is found in Romans 8:29-30 where we see it used twice in what is often called the “golden chain of salvation” and is used by some to demonstrate a case for God’s pretemporal predestining...

Predestination – Part 1

Predestination – Part 1

Understanding Predestination The following quote from R. C. Sproul was posted on Facebook recently: “We talk about predestination because the Bible talks about predestination. If we desire to build our theology on the Bible we run head on into this concept. We soon...

Communion Meditation – John 1

Communion Meditation – John 1

12/16/2018 - A meditation from John 1. When I was 18 years old, I attended Nyack College and took my first Greek class. The very first two verses my instructor taught me was: Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος. (John 1:1 - Greek)...

Corporate Election in Ephesians 1:4 – Argument 2 – Part 2

Corporate Election in Ephesians 1:4 – Argument 2 – Part 2

Continued from Argument 2, Part 1 - When did the choosing take place? Corporate election does not suggest that the choosing is not before creation. What it argues is that it is gnomic, a principle that those who will be “in Christ” will be holy and blameless. The...

Corporate Election in Ephesians 1:4 – Argument 2 – Part 2

Corporate Election in Ephesians 1:4 – Argument 2 – Part 1

Second Argument In my first argument, I provided a basic exegesis of Ephesians 1:3-14 to gain an understanding of what the text was saying. That is because I believe exegesis must drive doctrine. My rather lengthy analysis was based on an understanding (rightly or...

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