Unconditional Election


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Watering the Tulips

1-12-2011

“He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then came he to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near unto the possession that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. And there was Jacobs well. Jesus then wearied in the journey, sat thus on the well: it was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water.” – John 4:3-7

In our previous lesson, we discussed the difficulty – the impossibility even - of man saving himself. The natural man could not possibly be worse off than he is. His is pronounced to be dead in his trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). Not only does he not have the capability of saving himself, but he also has no desire to save himself (I Cor. 2:14). He is spiritually dead.

This may lead us to a question that the disciples once asked Jesus. “Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25). Jesus answered them by saying, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Jesus said basically the same thing that we concluded in last week’s lesson. He explained that it is impossible for the natural man to save Himself. However, God saves!!

Salvation is not an accident. The passage before us today tells us that Jesus had a need to go through Samaria rather than going straight from Judea to Galilee. What was His purpose? Simple. There was a woman at a well that needed to be saved. One would search in vain to find anything else that Jesus did while in Samaria. But, what He did accomplish is only possible with God – the salvation of a soul.

Paul and Barnabas were sent to the Gentiles. They explained how that God had opened up a door for them to share the Gospel. “When the Gentiles heard it, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord; and as many as were ordained unto eternal life, believed” (Acts 13:48). The salvation of these Gentiles was no accident. Notice, they believed because they were ordained unto eternal life. God had purposed to save them.

Paul thanked the Lord for the salvation of the Thessalonian saints. Paul knew full well of the impossibility of the natural man saving himself. He fully understood that salvation was not an accident. He said that he thanked God for their salvation “because that God hath from the beginning chosen [them] to salvation” (II Thessalonians 2:13). Their salvation was no more an accident than the woman at the well.

Child of God, be encouraged. God is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We are saved because God purposed to save us. We are saved because He drew us to Christ (John 6:44). “When it pleased God” He saved us by His grace (Galatians 1:15). What a comfort daily to know that the Creator Himself loved us and brought our salvation to pass. Oh, how thankful we ought to be for His Sovereign Grace.

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