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Re-examining Predestination (1 of 2)
I covered portions of this topic a few months back, but many discussions and questions on this subject have compelled me to revisit this topic. I believe that our understanding on predestination is important, for it directly affects how we view works, salvation, and the plan of God. Before we get into the meat of this discussion, look at 1 Corinthians 1:11-12
11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
The apostle Paul begins his letter to the church at Corinth by addressing divisions in the church. He provides instruction to the church and then returns the focus back to the issue of division in 1 Corinthians 3:3-4
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
The problem of division is mentioned again in chapter eleven. This serious problem is the overarching theme of the entire book of 1 Corinthians. The problem is that this church was dividing into camps, labeling themselves and likely labeling each other. Rather than focusing on the scriptures, they divided the church based on who adopted names and titles that they agreed or disagreed with. Paul said that these practices that caused divisions was the evidence that men were carnal and acting in the flesh, even though they thought they were being spiritual.
In the church today, many, well learned men divide themselves and the church up into groups based on labels. Often the issue is a desire to force feed beliefs to others and if they don't agree, a derogatory label is applied and the person is either called ignorant, unspiritual, or even a heretic. Is calling someone names ...
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