Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lamentations 3:37, the Lord Needs No Reason in Us for His Decrees

"Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?"

A common error, even among professing Reformed Christians, holds that God's predestination of His people is dependent on foreseen faith on their part. Or worse yet is the Roman error that predestination is based on foreseen righteousness.

However, here we see God's own inspired answer to that error: election derives from God's command, and then our faith - and the righteousness it receives - follow from it. As Paul also affirms, in Ephesians 2:8, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God..." The Word echoes with the refusal of God to yield to the pride of men: Isaiah 42:8, "I am the LORD; that is My name; My glory I give to no other..."

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