“Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.” (Proverbs 2:9, KJV)
(i) Elected by Grace
“(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the Purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth;)” (Romans 9:11, KJV)
“Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved” (Romans 9:27, KJV)
Question: Does election of Grace prove partiality in God as some claim?
Example verses for Election of Grace are John 15:16, John 17:6, Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 2:10, 2 Thessalonians 2:13.
No. How? Please consider the explanation below:
Election of Grace is by God’s Choice Alone toward a ‘remnant’ at the ‘present time’ (the example of Israel proves this):
“And it is not possible that the word of God hath failed; for not all who are of Israel are these Israel;” (Romans 9:6, YLT)
“Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” (Romans 11:5, KJV)
We see that a ‘remnant’ (or the ‘elect of God’) are called to ‘believe & be saved’ from the ‘Wrath to come’ (1 Thessalonians 1:10) & with ‘no afterlife Judgment too’ (John 5:24).
Election does NOT mean that ‘only believers’ are going to be Saved (contradicting verses such as 1 Timothy 2:4 & 1 Timothy 4:10) but rather that ‘believers are more special’ (1 Timothy 4:10) in that they come under ‘no afterlife Judgment’ (John 5:24) & even will ‘not suffer the Wrath of God which is to come’ (1 Thessalonians 1:10). Also, believers or the ‘elect of God’ clearly refers to the ones ‘saved’ in this ‘present time only’ (Romans 11:5) and not for all time as the verses quoted clearly contain the claimed words making these distinctions valid & sure.
In other words, those ‘elected by Grace’ (‘believers’, the Church of God) are the more special ones who will be saved by His Grace where this being more special is clearly seen in that these come under ‘no afterlife Judgment’ (John 5:24) & will ‘not suffer the Wrath of God’ (1 Thessalonians 1:10). The Elect are chosen from the ‘present time’ (Romans 11:5) regarding the current ‘Today’ which is the more special Day of Salvation which pertains to this (Hebrews 4:7).
However, Election of Grace does NOT mean that ‘only’ believers are Saved as so carelessly erred in popular exegesis in support of eternal Hell simply because other verses such as 1 Timothy 4:10 clearly implies that God Will Save All men (1 Timothy 2:4) eventually in His Own Divinely appointed Times (1 Timothy 2:6) though believers are mentioned to be more special in 1 Timothy 4:10 itself proving this irrefutably too!
Apostle Paul demonstrates in Romans 9 – 11 concerning both the doctrine of Election by Grace for the ”elect, believers of Israel” (a subset of believers in Romans 9:6, Romans 11:5) but also says that we should not to be ‘ignorant’ of the ‘mystery/secret’ that ‘all Israel will be saved’ eventually too (Romans 11:26) which includes even ‘the Israelite enemies of the Gospel too’ (Romans 11:28) & this same Salvation is implied toward “All” too by His “Mercy” (Romans 11:32) causing ‘Reconciliation of the whole World eventually’ (Romans 11:15) which includes both the ‘obedient & disobedient’ (Romans 11:30 – 31) —-> yes, both the ‘obedient and the disobedient’ will eventually be ‘in the kingdom of the heavens’ (Matthew 5:19) due to His Mercy to ‘All’ (Romans 11:32) Reconciling ‘All in the World’ eventually (2 Corinthians 5:19, Colossians 1:16 with Colossians 1:20) because God Alone is God to ‘All’ (Psalm 145:9, Mark 10:18) as it is Written in the quoted verses so plainly. Isn’t it Amazingly Obvious in Holy Scripture?
Blessed be God, Who Alone is the Wise KING! (Romans 11:33 – 36, Romans 16:27, 1 Timothy 1:17)
(ii) All Will believe in Him eventually
Regarding ‘believing’ and ‘not continuing in unbelief’ (Romans 11:23), the Bible clearly speaks of two types of believing as demonstrated in verses below:
“So the other disciples were saying to him [Thomas], “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” (John 20:25 – 29, NASB)
(a) Those who believe in Him without seeing Him
This type of believing is called ‘faith’ where ‘one believes without seeing’ as it is defined in Hebrews 11:1 and refers to more ‘blessedness’ (John 20:29).
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV)
“and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,” (1 Peter 1:8, NASB)
Yes, ‘only the believing without seeing’ gains the ‘blessedness’ of ‘not being condemned first in afterlife Judgment (John 5:24) as ‘the rest die in their own sins receiving Judgment based on what they have done – first’, (John 8:24, Galatians 6:7, 2 Corinthians 5:10)’ as even the verse below clearly distinguishes:
“By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” (Hebrews 11:7, NASB)
“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:24, NASB)
(b) Those who believe in Him after seeing Him
As the verses in John 20:25 – 29 itself demonstrates, apostle Thomas ‘only believed’ after ‘seeing Him’. This type of believing is rarely distinguished in popular exegesis even though it is plainly Written in the quoted verses as well as in the verse below too:
“And this is the Will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting [age-during] life: and I will raise him up at the Last Day” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 6:40, KJV)
Please notice carefully that ‘every one’ who ‘sees’ (yes, literally sees the Son, e.g. in the afterlife, implied) —> and chooses ‘not to remain in unbelief’ (Romans 11:23, His Unchanging principle) —> will have [age-during] life too, but being Raised at the Last Day —> meaning, Raised for ‘life at that next age onward’ when the Judgment till the ‘Last Day of the current age’ is endured first accordingly due to one’s sin – first. Can we see it?
This context is true for ‘All things’ which are given to Him (John 3:35) which will be Raised at the ‘Last Day’ [of their respective last-age or eon of Judgment which pertains to them, implied] as even the verse prior to the one above clearly implies with regards to the ‘Will of God’ that Lord Jesus Christ ‘Loses None’ of these All things given to Him:
“And this is the Father’s Will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should Lose Nothing, but should Raise it up again at the Last Day.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 6:39, KJV)
Thus I see that the ‘Last Day – singular’ refers to the various ‘time period’ with respect to the ‘last age’ which in concern with regards to Judgment for a particular creation (e.g. be it men or creation). For example, the ‘Last Day’ for men could be the ‘end of the next age’ or for the Devil it could refer to the ‘Last Day’ for the ‘last age in the ages’ for which he is to be punished accordingly.
The verse below too mentions this ‘less-blessed’ case of believing in Him after seeing Him first (implied by looking at the ‘Son of Man’ after He has been Lifted Up or Resurrected to Heaven, implied even in context by the previous verses which say that this refers to ‘heavenly things’ or ‘afterlife context’ in John 3:11 – 13):
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be Lifted Up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal [age-during] life.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:14 – 15, NASB)
The Truth that Christ ‘Draws’ (Drags/Catches “All” men) as the Fisher of “All” Men after He has been Lifted Up (Resurrected to Heaven, after ‘He Dies First for the Sin of the World, His Resurrection signified thereafter’, John 12:33) is clearly echoed in verse below too agreeing to all this:
“And I, when I am Lifted Up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 12:32, BSB)
Perhaps ‘age-during life’ then is being able to live from ‘one age to the next age’ when it is granted to ‘all’ (John 3:35, John 13:3) when they are ‘Raised’ up by Him & He ‘Loses None’ of the ‘All things’ (John 6:39). Yes, the ‘only definition’ of which ‘all things’ apostle John is referring too is clearly ‘all creation in the World’ as it is clearly implied in John 1:3 agreeing perfectly to the other ‘same’ definition of ‘all created things’ as apostle Paul mentions in Colossians 1:16 first which he then continues to say that —-> ‘All created things’ will be Reconciled back to Him in Colossians 1:20. Isn’t God’s Will which will be Triumphantly Fulfilled by Lord Jesus Christ Alone so plain in Holy Scripture?
Let us Thankfully exclaim, HalleluYah!
There are other Days too for different Purposes —> For more details regarding Day/Days and how it pertains to the Salvation of the Elect & post-Judgment-Salvation for the non-Elect even all men too, please consider the write-up below for details of edification:
Where is the verse which implies that all will believe in Him eventually?
“and, confessedly, Great is the Secret of Piety — God was Manifested in Flesh, declared Righteous in Spirit, seen by messengers [angels], preached among Nations, believed on in the World, taken up in Glory!” (1 Timothy 3:16, YLT)
Please note the phrase “believed on in the World” —> which are prophetically Written referring to the Conclusion above —> meaning that “all creation in the World” (Romans 3:19, Mark 16:15) Will eventually “believe in Him” as His Will & Command is Immutable. Yes, that’s why the Gospel is Preached even to “the dead” so that ‘their spirit may live according to the Will of God’ (1 Peter 4:6, 1 Corinthians 5:5) and more details regarding this, please consider the write-up below & thank you for your patience in reading these lengthy write-ups:
Truly, Lord Jesus Christ is the Prison-shaking-SAVIOUR Who can Save from the Prisons of Hell itself! More details:
Can wee see it?
That’s why even “unbelief” cannot stop the ‘Faith of God’ = ‘Faith of Jesus Christ’ to ‘Save the World’ & misunderstanding this Fact in some way is a chief reason why ‘every man’ is a ‘liar’ as the verses below clearly reveal this mystery, when accurately translated as follows:
“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the Faith of God without effect?
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That Thou [God] mightest be justified in Thy Sayings, and mightest overcome when Thou [God] art judged.” (Romans 3:3 – 4, KJV)
This is the Unchangeable Truth:
“If we believe not, yet He [Lord Jesus Christ] abideth Faithful: He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13, KJV)
He is that True Friend Who ‘Loves at All Times’:
“A Friend loves at all times…” (Proverbs 17:17, NASB)
(iii) Equality and Equity
How is God not bias in the election of Grace?
How is God not showing favoritism by choosing the Jews and now the Christians?
Please note the word “equity” in Proverbs 2:9 (KJV).
If we expected God to be ‘Equal’ to all in the ‘no differences’ sense —-> then there should not be male-female or man-angel even there should not be different faces for each of us, different skin colours, different abilities etc. We know that this is not the case with ‘reality’.
So, how about “equity” say in that God created both the rich & the poor Proverbs 22:2? How is God Fair in this?
The Truth is that ‘True Equality’ is only achieved with ‘Equity’.
What is True Equality?
True Equality is not everyone having the ‘same’ things in the end where the end refers to the afterlife where everything will be balanced & straightened out to True Equality till God’s Salvation is achieved for All flesh/All men (Luke 3:5 – 6, Isaiah 40:4 – 5) when Judgment rises to Victory (Matthew 12:20, Isaiah 42:3) in Mercy ending Judgment itself (James 2:13) as the Last Word for ‘All’ too (Romans 11:32). Yes, True Equality is giving one ‘based on what he has done first’ (Romans 2:6, Matthew 16:27, Revelation 22:12). To give the wicked the same rewards as the righteous during Judgment is unfair.
Now, the ‘election of Grace’ comes with a ‘higher risk for Judgment too when we disobey or fall out’ (Hebrews 6:4 – 8) which is determined by ‘our choices in life whether it is according to the Will of God or not (Matthew 7:19 – 23)’ where these ones when they ‘fall out by their wrong choices’ end up being ‘burned in fire’ (judged too, Hebrews 6:8, Matthew 7:19). This ‘afterlife fire’ is the ‘age-during fire’ (Matthew 18:8, the fire of punishment which is set to burn into the age) as it is referred to as the ‘age-during Judgment’ (Hebrews 6:2) too which is a ‘basic/elementary teaching’ (Hebrews 6:1).
So, the Election of Grace is Fair at Judgment since both the ones who does not know the Gospel & the one who knows the Gospel but disobeys God’s Commands (e.g. 1 Corinthians 14:37 – 38) —-> will be Judged in ‘fire’ accordingly for ‘their wrong acts’ (2 Thessalonians 1:8, Romans 2:12) —-> which is compared against the Truth taught in the Gospel (Romans 2:16) —-> where also the ‘one who knew the Master’s Will & sinned’ are punished with ‘many lashes’ (more severely, Luke 12:47) vs while the ‘one who did not know’ will be punished with a ‘few flogging’ (less severely, Luke 12:48) as it is Written:
“the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
“And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 12:46 – 48, NASB)
Please notice that we are punished for our sins, not for knowing or not knowing.
So, being rich in this life or having a big church & great outreaching ministry —> can actually be a ‘danger’ if we do ‘not fulfill God’s Will’ —> since more is required of those given more (Luke 12:48), hence this equity in Judgment-demand makes True Equality in Judgment too —> for example, are we preaching the Truth about Christ from our ‘big and widespread’ platforms? Would we escape if we spoke wrong things about Him despite His Great Blessings upon us?
Also, God only measures Rewards based on what is given to us. A Famous example is the widow who gave only 2 coins (Luke 21:2) —-> which may have never been enough to feed one person sufficiently —-> but still Lord Jesus Christ said that she gave more than all the rich who poured into the treasury (whose money may have fed many poor people, implied from Luke 21:1) —-> for the single reason of ‘relative measure’ where ‘giving is based on what is given to us first’ (e.g. percentage of what we own) as Luke 21:3 clearly implies since as Christ explains:
“for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.” (Luke 21:4, NASB)
Thus, having more (money or talents or ministry, people-support etc.) —> only puts us at risk of ‘more demanded out of us’ (Luke 12:48, as even the Parable of the Talents clearly mentions too in Matthew 25:14 – 30) —-> and that’s why Christ remarked that it is ‘hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God’ (Matthew 19:24) due to a ‘greater demand which comes automatically toward those who are given more to fulfill God’s Will whether they know it or not, Luke 12:47 – 48, 2 Thessalonians 1:8, James 5:1 – 6’ —> and when we understand this, we Truly realize that ‘God is Perfectly Fair & that there is NO Partiality NOR any Favouritism with Him’ which He Will Reveal during Judgment (Romans 2:11).
So, Judgment is Greater for the Elected ones if they ‘fall out’ or ‘disobey’ as the quoted verses clearly imply. Hence being elected is not unfair & God in His Foreknowledge only gives election to the ones able to have sufficient strength to choose good & evil fairly (1 Corinthians 10:13) & especially to the mature (Hebrews 5:14) but God doesn’t tempt anyone with evil (James 1:13) where each person falls into his own sin by his own choice first (James 1:14). The details of how God determines this is known only to God but we can infer that such a ‘fairness’ must be in God allowing ‘such choices’ as God must be impartial to all.
The Biblical example of Israel itself proves that despite being elected by Grace, many fell and only a remnant obtained what it ought to but yet, Salvation is promised to All Israel in the afterlife regardless as a Mystery or Secret. The same is True for All mankind and All even as apostle Paul echoes this in Romans 11. One may learn more about this in write-ups below:
For example: All Israel – who does All Israel refer to?
Is their famous so called proof using Romans 9:6 right?
Nope. Please consider the write up above for more details and after reading ‘both sides’ (John 7:51) decide for yourselves which is right.
“Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?” (John 7:51, KJV)
“And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 12:57, NASB)
Not “all Israel” mentioned in the second part of Romans 9:6 but “this Israel” or “these Israel” or “those Israel” or equivalent.
Where the root word (No. 3778) does NOT mean “all” in Greek (such as the word ‘pantes’, No. 3956 found in this same verse).
Can you see it?
Such a flawed argument on a phrase which was never written, right?
‘these Israel’ (context in this verse, Romans 9:6) = refers to the ‘remnant believing Israel’ to whom the ‘word of God’ has NOT failed in the present time as explained in detail in the write up with ‘verses’.
*(No. 3956, “pantes” Israel) or “all Israel” is a different phrase and occurs in this “same” verse in Romans 9:6 proving distinction perfectly.
Let us not remain deceived:
Each time we preach or claim something which is NOT Written in the Original Greek/Hebrew Holy Scripture, we become “deceivers”, whether knowingly or unknowingly, right?
“But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13, NASB)
‘If lies are not a big deal to us, we will continue believing lies’ – Anonymous
To learn more aspects regarding a ‘Jew on the inside’ & even ‘Jew-Gentile distinctions’, please consider the links in the write up below too (some of the write-ups have more links to them explaining further details with ‘verses’ for ‘each claim made’ in many write-ups as found throughout this writing too for further edification):
This Fact is also easily seen in the parables of Christ which pertain to ‘afterlife Judgments’ where Hell (the region for any afterlife punishment) is NOT eternal but to the ‘age’ (the meaning of the actual Greek Word used when it pertains to the punishment of man) —> where each individual will be assigned a limited time according to their sins, yes ’till they pay up the last cent’ (Matthew 5:26) after which it is implied in this verse that they may ‘get out’ —> where True Equality is that everyone (both the Law-Breaker & Law-Keeper, which Law? All Law and Prophets, Matthew 5:17 – 18) —-> that is, both ‘the obedient and the disobedient’ (Romans 11:30 – 31), yes the ‘enemies of the Gospel too’ (Romans 11:28) —-> are both ‘in the kingdom of the heavens’ eventually (Matthew 5:19) —> by His Mercy to All eventually (Romans 11:32) which Triumphs and Ends any afterlife Judgment sentence be it even ‘if it is the eternal Hell sentence’ (James 2:13) —> where we obtain the Righteousness needed to enter heaven (Matthew 5:20) that is not due to ‘any of our righteous deeds’ (Deuteronomy 6:25 with Isaiah 64:6 & Titus 3:5) —-> but rather is due to the Righteousness of Christ (Isaiah 45:24) which is imputed to “All” eventually (not believers only, seen with accurate translations of this verse as explained in the two write-ups below in great detail) by the Faith of Jesus Christ Alone (Romans 3:22) via the Beautiful Confession that ‘Jesus is Lord’ too which will be spoken in Awe of the One Who Saves us when we realize our own wickedness and loathe our own ‘old self – our own corpse – burning in the afterlife fire’ as ‘all flesh’ (all men, all mankind) will ‘hate their own past sinful self too’ when they have Returned to Him as that’s the meaning of Isaiah 66:24 in the explanation given in Ezekiel 20:42 & Ezekiel 36:31, in Principle of Judgment (Hosea 5:15) & having Returned to Him (Ezekiel 16:63, Ezekiel 39:26) by Allegiance too (Isaiah 45:23) giving Glory to God the Father (Philippians 2:10) where ‘each will PRAISE GOD’ (Romans 14:11 in NASB,1 Corinthians 4:5) and ‘CONFESS to Him’ (Romans 14:11 in KJV) thereafter, implying being ‘saved’ (Isaiah 45:22).
Can we understand it?
To learn more about the ‘Fierce Anger of the LORD’ (Jeremiah 30:24) which Aims at achieving His Will to Save the World too, please consider the write up below:
Yes, Lord Jesus Christ came to ‘save all sinners in the World’ (not just humans but any sinner in the ‘world’) as it is Written in verse below:
“stedfast is the word, and of all acceptation worthy, that Christ Jesus came to the world to save sinners — first of whom I am;” (1 Timothy 1:15, YLT)
Isn’t Lord Jesus Christ Truly Amazing?
Because He Saves All the World (John 3:17, 1 John 4:14) by taking away ‘All Sin in the World’ eventually (1 John 2:2, John 1:29) when His Ransom is applied to All eventually, becoming a Testimony or ‘comes to Pass’ in its own Divine Times (1 Timothy 2:6) —> let All Glory & Honour be to Him only!
“Opening his mouth, Peter said:
“I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.” (Acts 10:34 – 35, NASB)
Yes, to practice partiality is a ‘sin’:
“But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” (James 2:9, NASB)
“To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;” (Proverbs 1:3, KJV)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;” (Matthew 5:14, NASB)
“so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,” (Philippians 2:15, NASB)
“The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.” (Proverbs 4:18, NLT)
“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” (John 1:16, NASB)
“So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous.” (Proverbs 2:20, NASB)
“They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion.” (Psalm 84:7, NASB)
“so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12, NASB)
“Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7, NASB)
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20, NASB)
“He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.” (Proverbs 15:31, NASB)
“It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:5, NASB)
“The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.” (Ecclesiastes 9:17, NASB)
“Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;” (Ecclesiastes 10:12, NASB)
“For there is no partiality with God.” (Romans 2:11, NASB)
So, let us be careful of ‘what we believe’ especially in ‘regards to God’ since we have to ‘answer for it one day, being judged’ (Matthew 12:36, Matthew 12:37, Matthew 7:2) and also since it also may affect our character too:
‘You become like the God you worship’ – Gary Amirault
Indeed, let the ‘Last Word’ on ‘Judgment’ be ‘His Mercy’ (James 2:13).
Yes, May God have Mercy on ‘All’! (Romans 11:32)