Way to Christ
WHAT does the apostle Peter admonish us to do?
"Wherefore . . . brethren, give diligence to make your calling and
election sure." 2 Peter 1:10.
text at once reveals the fact that our salvation, so far as our own
individual cases are concerned, is dependent upon our own action. We are
elected to be save; but we are to give diligence to make this election sure.
If we do not, it will not meet its purpose in our case, and we shall
What admonition given by Christ teaches the same truth?
"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that
no man take thy crown." Rev. 3:11.
have been prepared for each of the finally redeemed. Every soul is a
candidate in the race for eternal life, and hence for a crown. Faith in
Jesus, and perseverance to the end, will hold it fast.
Upon what condition is the crown of life promised?
faithful unto death, and
I will give thee a crown of life." Rev. 2:10.
In whom, and from what time, have we been chosen unto holiness and
"According as He hath chosen us in Him [Christ]
before the foundation of the world." Eph. 1:4, first part.
What is the character of those thus chosen before the foundation of the
"That we should be holy and without blemish before Him
in love." Same verse, last part, R.V.
To what has God foreordained those who attain to this character?
"Having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus
Christ unto Himself." Verse 5, R. V.
According to what does God call us?
"And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to His
purpose." Rom. 8:28.
According to what have we been predestinated?
"Being predestinated according to the purpose of Him
who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will." Eph.
How many does God desire to be saved?
"Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the
knowledge of the truth." 1 Tim. 2:4.
Upon what condition is salvation offered?
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be
saved." Acts 16:31.
For how long must this faith be preserved in order to bring final
"He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be
saved." Matt. 24:13. See James 1:12; Rev. 2:10.
What scripture is sometimes cited as evidence that God is arbitrary in His
dealings with men?
"Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom
He will He hardeneth." Rom. 9:18.
But what other scripture shows with whom God wills to be merciful,
and with whom otherwise?
"With the merciful Thou wilt show Thyself merciful; with
an upright man Thou wilt show Thyself upright; with the pure
Thou wilt show Thyself pure; and with the froward Thou
wilt show Thyself froward." Ps. 18:25,26. See also Isa.
wills that men shall be saved. He has foreordained the characters that
will entitle men to salvation, but He does not compel anyone to
receive Christ, possess this character, and be saved. This is a matter of
individual choice. By His mighty acts and judgments in Egypt, God
"hardened Pharaoh's heart." Ex. 7:3,13,22. But the same
manifestations softened the hearts of others. The difference was in
the hearts, and in the way God's message and dealings were
received; not in God. The same sun which melts the wax hardens the clay.
Ex. 8:32 says that Pharaoh hardened his own heart.
What, on man's part, is essential to salvation?
"Choose ye this day whom ye will serve." Joshua 24:15.
"If any man willeth to do His will, he shall know of the
teaching." John 7:17, R.V. "Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31.
"Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
NOTE.- A man
once wished to join a certain church, but said he could not do so on
account of the views this church held on the subject of
"election." The minister to whom he was sent for help and
enlightenment, failing to make the matter clear, an old colored man, a
layman, came to the rescue, and said: "Brother, this is the very
easiest thing in the church. You see, it is like this: The votin' is goin'
on all the time; and God, He is votin' for you; and the devil, he is votin'
agin you; and whichever way you vote, that is the way the election
goes." Commenting upon this incident, Rev. Wilbur Chapman, the
noted evangelist, says: "I have studied theology some myself, and
graduated at a theological seminary; but I never got anything quite so
good as that."
In what fact may every believer rejoice?
"But rejoice that your names are written in
heaven." Luke 10:20, R.V.
Whose names are to be retained in the book of life?
"He that overcometh, . . . I will not blot out his
name out of the book
of life." Rev. 3:5.
day! that fixed my choice
On Thee, My Saviour and my God;
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.
the great transaction's done;
I am my Lord's and he is mine;
He drew me, and I followed on,
Charmed to confess the voice divine.
my long-divided heart,
Fixed on this blissful center rest;
Nor ever from thy Lord depart,
With Him of every good possessed.
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