In Part 3 I
discussed the special, unconditional love God has for His Elect.
He so loved Elect sinners worldwide
that He actually planned and predestined their salvation, carried
out their salvation through His Son's work, and guarantees their
salvation by His propitiatory sacrifice, prayer on the cross,
resurrection, and mediatory office. He did all this without our
affirmation, help or counsel! Christ and His righteousness
is the basis of our salvation. It is by His grace we are
saved, through our faith which are both His gifts to those
He so loves, as He
3:16 is viewed by most Arminians as one
of hope and love for all mankind, they neglect to read further.
Verses 18 thru 21 condemn all who do not place their faith
in Christ alone. It is here we again discover the dark side of
human nature, called Total Depravity. The judgment of God upon men is this: man loves darkness
above light. He loves evil over goodness. Because of this innate
perverse love, man opposes Christ and all that He represents.
He refuses to come to the light, Christ being the light
of the world.
condemn the doctrine which teaches man's free-will choice for
Christ. Man, by nature of his first, fleshly birth, despises Christ
and His truth. Man will not choose that which he despises. This
is why Christ informed His disciples, I chose you, you did not choose me. The Elect
are called Elect because God Almighty elected and chose
them. They did not elect Him. God's choice of them was independent
of anything they might have done, positive or negative. This is
called Unconditional Election.
Election has no conditions on the object of divine election. The
decision to elect stems from the inscrutable, unbiased will of
God. It stems from His will of good pleasure only.
That the sinner
would never come to the light but for the drawing of the Father
is further proof of Irresistible Grace. The special saving grace and love
of God cannot be resisted by the Elect sinner. Just as the Universe
could not resist the decrees of the Creator, Let there be light,
etc., so, too, does the Elect sinner remain passive
when the light of Christ enters his heart by the regenerating,
omnipotent, creative power of the Holy Ghost.
That which God
creates stays created. The Universe does not un-create
itself. It will not pass away until God Almighty declares it so.
The same is true of salvation, the greater creation and more wonderful
work of God. Salvation cannot be lost by the Elect. It is impossible
because salvation is the gracious love of God in action. And nothing
can keep the Elect from the saving, gracious love of God. Paul
goes to great lengths explaining this in Romans 8:35-39. Hell
is the separation of the unbeliever from all benefits of the living
God. Therefore, there is not one person in Hell whom God loves.
If there were, then God's love, a major attribute of His Being,
has failed. Sin is failure to hit the mark. If God has failed
at anything, then God Himself is a sinner. If God is a sinner,
then there is no true God. If there is no true God, then we Christians
are deceived and doomed.
Jesus has made
it known that he hates errant doctrine/teaching, (Rev.
2:15; 20). This ministry prays that through these short lessons
in John 3 many Arminians will embrace the true doctrine in obedience
to the Master, Jesus Christ.