The Chosen

For the longest time I celebrated the idea that I am one of God's elect, God's chosen people.  I relished in the fact that through Christ's sacrifice I have been set apart.  To be sure I still do, but now there is an even greater burden on my heart.

Peter in the book of 1 Peter addresses his letter to "the elect" or "God's chosen" which is a very interesting term.  Interesting / frustrating beyond all reason.  These are the terms Calvanists use to say that God chose to save some "the elect" and not others "the non-elect" for lack of a better phrase.  On the surface this seems to be a HUGE contradiction.  Basically these two statements seem contradictory (1) God is loving (John 3:16-17, Romans 6:23) (2) God chooses some people to be saved and not others (Romans 9).  Much to the frustration of the people reading this my goal in this blog is to not tell you how these are not contradictory statements.  It is really to challenge you to figure it out.

I believe the bible is true.  I believe the bible does not contradict itself.  I believe God is loving.  I see scriptural evidence for predestination.  If these things are true give me your reasoning.  If they are false, give me your reasoning.  But I must put this out there.  You can tell me all you want about how you "feel" about it, but I challenge you to look past your feelings on the issue and go to what scripture says about the issue.  

In life emotion is rarely the most stable guide to truth, it is a tool to use, but in the end truth is truth regardless of how we feel about it.  So what say you?  Is predestination scriptural?  If so, does it negate God's love?  If not, what are the implications of predestination on our day to day life?

so many questions, so little time…

Bryce

Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.
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Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.