While salvation is within our grasp, it is not determined until we have finished the race. Salvation is ours to lose, if we choose; we can fall away.
When we consider all human action throughout history, and the compounding calamities that are reaped, it is clear that human belief is fundamentally flawed.
One aspect of sovereignty that causes some confusion is predestination. God's sovereignty does not remove a person's free moral agency — we must still choose.
In the example of a child summoned by a parent to clean up his room, the child's dawdling and complaining are not predestined nor are they part of God's will.
Most of the Christian world believes that it is the duty of believers to 'win people for Christ.' Yet the whole counsel of God reveals a larger reality.
The overriding issue of life is to whom we will give ourselves in obedience. Will it be ourselves, society, business, Satan or God?
God has bless,ed the firstfruits with precious belief and knowledge which must be protected, guarded, nourished and exercised so it will not slip away.
God has consistently moved His creation toward its ultimate purpose, setting the bounds of nations, motivating rulers to pursue a certain course of action.
The story of Ebed-Melech goes far beyond a historical vignette. His story is an allegory of God's grace to the Gentiles.
"The kingdom...suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." Scripture reveals what violence is meant, who "the violent" are, and how they take the Kingdom.
Jesus said, 'Believe in Me,' and hundreds of millions have said, 'I believe.' But true belief is impossible until a person has been appointed to eternal life.
Those who follow Christ are the true Israel, the Elect, and the Chosen, called by God to precede unfaithful physical Israel in the salvation process.