His Chosen Love

1 Thessalonians  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  46:18
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The elect are examples of God's work of salvation that continues to spread hope and blessing across the world.

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Covenant Grace

He is Sovereign in all things, including election
God’s all encompassing rule over the entire universe. He is free and able to do what He plans to do by the counsel of His own will.
He rules and works over creation, human history, and redemption. He works through events that seem to oppose His rule
In redemption, His choosing or election is unconditional
Rom. 9:10-11
Romans 9:10–11 ESV
10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—
John 6:37
John 6:37 ESV
37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
Rom 3:22-24
Romans 3:22–24 ESV
22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Those whom God loves, He loves apart from the world
John 17:9
John 17:9 ESV
9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.
Why does all this matter?
Grace has come for all kinds of sinners
Luke 5:31-32
Everyone is a candidate; we preach Christ to all

Why not grace for all?

Rom 9:17-24
The question comes from a place of entitlement
Better question: why does grace come for anyone?
Only in understanding the Sovereign will of God in electing, before the foundation of the world, those who would be saved, do you find a people of God who are supremely humbled and thankful.
The great contrast - human agency (will) always lends itself to flesh. fallen nature. The grace of God changes that nature for some so that they become slaves of righteousness, bearing fruit by the Spirit, in keeping with repentance.

rom 3:11 from Psalm 14

Romans 3:11 ESV
11 no one understands; no one seeks for God.
Which is better? Keeping intact your free will that gives you full autonomy to choose or not the grace of God, or God’s grace that sovereignly rules over your will to save you even when you are not looking for it.
Acts 9:4-6, 15
Acts 9:4–6 ESV
4 And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
Acts 9:15 ESV
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.
If it was your choice to follow Him, or choose grace, you would leave an element of pride present in your salvation. God would simply be providing an opportunity in hopes that you would take it. Therefore, you receive part of the praise or glory for having made the choice, when in reality it all belongs to God.
Eph. 2:8-9
Ephesians 2:8–9 ESV
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Eph. 1:3-14
to the praise of His glory 3x
He chose us TO BE holy, not that we were already. Therefore, our holiness would be a sign of His choosing

Evangelizing Under the Sovereignty of God

A further objection to election argues that believing the doctrine discourages zeal in evangelism. Critics say, “If God predestines people to salvation, then why bother to preach the gospel?” The answer is that God ordains not merely the ends but also the means. God predestines some to be saved and commands us to preach the gospel to that end. If we do not witness the gospel, then none will be saved. But God has ordained that they will be; so he has also ordained that we would preach the gospel so that his chosen people will come to faith. John Stott thus argues that “the doctrine of election, far from making evangelism unnecessary, makes it indispensable. For it is only through the preaching and receiving of the gospel that God’s secret purpose comes to be revealed and known.”
1 Phillips, R. D. (2015). 1 & 2 Thessalonians. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (pp. 26–27). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.
Romans 10:14-15 follows Romans 9
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