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THE SECURITY AND SURENESS OF OUR SALVATION (4 of 7)
II Peter 1:10
November 3, 2002
INTRODUCTION: The book of 1 Peter was written to the
"elect". 1 Peter 1:2, "elect according to the
foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of
the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood
of Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace be
Again, in II Peter 1:10 we are confronted with your
"CALL and ELECTION" and being "SURE". This introduces
us to the marvelous doctrine of election, a doctrine
that has confused some and confounded others. A
seminary professor once said, "Try to explain election
and you may lose your mind. But try to explain it
away and you may lose your soul!"
That salvation begins with God, and not with man, all
Christians will agree.
John 15:16, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you."
The lost sinner, left to his own ways, does not seek
God (Romans 3:10-11); God, in His love, seeks the
sinner (Luke 19:10).
The Bible teaches that God chose us even before He
created the universe, so that our salvation is wholly
of His grace and not on the basis of anything we
ourselves have done.
Ephesians 1:4, "Just as He chose us in Him before the
foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
without blame before Him in love."
He chose us in Christ, not in ourselves. And he chose
us for a purpose; to be holy and without blame. In
the Bible, election is always unto something. It is a
privilege that carries a great responsibility.
You will note that all 3 Persons in the Godhead are
involved in our salvation. As far as God the Father
is concerned, you were saved when He changed you in
Christ in eternity past. But that alone did not save
you. As far as God the Son is concerned, you were
saved when He died for you on the cross.
As far as God the Spirit is concerned, you were saved
when you yielded to His conviction and received Christ
as yo ...
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