Thursday, August 18, 2016

Proverbs 2:1-5 (KJV) If and Then

Proverbs 2:1-5 (KJV)
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
I am struck today with the words, “if” and “then.” There is no question that there is a “cause and effect” situation set up here
  • If the son will do such and such
  • Then the result will be thus
It reminds me of Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 
The verse sets two actions beside one another and provides two responsible parties for these actions.
  • The responsibility of the man is to call on the name of the Lord
  • The responsibility of the Lord is to save.
The reformed theologian’s main complaint, it seems to me, is that without the doctrine of election, as they define it, God appears to have failed in His desire to save the lost. If in fact the Lord would have all men to be saved unless all men eventually are saved, in their view, God has failed. That isn’t the case at all:
  • God would have all men to be saved 
  • Christ died so that all men may be saved and
  • Whosoever shall then call upon the name of the Lord is saved without fail
Salvation is completely purely and only the work of God. He saves without fail whosoever,
  • Hears the gospel message, 
  • Sees it as the answer for their enmity against God and 
  • Calls upon the Lord to apply the good news to their case.
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Proverbs 2:1-5 (KJV) If and Then

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