Archive for June, 2006

“Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Tim. 2:10 NKJV).

Paul suffered for the elect that they may obtain the salvation with eternal glory. In context, Paul is writing to the elect (chosen ones) who have already believed Jesus through the gospel. Paul is not suffering to share the gospel to unbelievers. He is working hard to bring believers to eternal glory. If the elect are already predestined to glory because they have been justified by faith (Rom. 8:29-30), why would Paul write this seemingly contradictory verse? One perspective of predestination tells us that Christians will make it to glory no matter how they live. Paul, writing to believers, does not see predestination this way. (more…)

Heaven

Posted: June 22, 2006 in Book Reviews

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In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, our Lord encourages the churches to overcome the issues He raises. These passages tell us how to prepare for Judgment Day. Are the warnings of punishment about overcomers referring to believers, or not? Here is an example of such a passage:

“Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.” (Rev. 2:22-23) (more…)