God said to Israel, “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people” (Leviticus 26:12 NASU). The middle two phrases present an expression of the covenant relationship between the Lord and His people. In an earlier blog we covered the first major concept (“I will . . . be your God”) and discovered whom we should serve. Now we turn to the second major concept (“you shall be My people”) and how we should live for Him.
Jesus taught His disciples, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).… Continue reading
Does God choose who He will save, or does He give man a free will to choose? The doctrine of election has long been a hotly debated discussion in churches. It’s not a new debate, but it’s an important teaching of Scripture, even though it may seem difficult to understand in relation to God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. We have to be careful in reconciling these problems though, that our theology is based exclusively on what Scripture teaches and not our emotions or presuppositions. In other words, we need to be faithful to the text of the Bible. There are really only two positions (although some try to take the middle road), but of course, only one can be right.… Continue reading