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1. WHAT does the apostle Peter admonish us to do?
"Wherefore . . . brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election
sure." 2 Peter 1:10.
NOTE.- This text at once reveals the fact that our salvation, so far as our own
individual cases are concerned, is dependent upon our own action. We are elected to be
save; but we are to give diligence to make this election sure. If we do not, it
will not meet its purpose in our case, and we shall be lost.
2. What admonition given by Christ teaches the same truth?
"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man
take thy crown." Rev. 3:11.
NOTE.-Crowns have been prepared for each of the finally redeemed. Every soul is a
candidate in the race for eternal life, and hence for a crown. Faith in Jesus, and
perseverance to the end, will hold it fast.
3. Upon what condition is the crown of life promised?
"Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Rev.
4. In whom, and from what time, have we been chosen unto holiness and salvation?
"According as He hath chosen us in Him [Christ] before the
foundation of the world." Eph. 1:4, first part.
5. What is the character of those thus chosen before the foundation of the world?
"That we should be holy and without blemish before Him in
love." Same verse, last part, R.V.
6. To what has God foreordained those who attain to this character?
"Having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto
Himself." Verse 5, R. V.
7. According to what does God call us?
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to His purpose." Rom. 8:28.
8. According to what have we been predestinated?
"Being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things
after the counsel of His own will." Eph. 1:11.
9. How many does God desire to be saved?
"Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the
truth." 1 Tim. 2:4.
10. Upon what condition is salvation offered?
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts
11. For how long must this faith be preserved in order to bring final salvation?
"He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." Matt.
24:13. See James 1:12; Rev. 2:10.
12. What scripture is sometimes cited as evidence that God is arbitrary in His
dealings with men?
"Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He
hardeneth." Rom. 9:18.
13. But what other scripture shows with whom God wills to be merciful, and
with whom otherwise?
"With the merciful Thou wilt show Thyself merciful; with an upright
man Thou wilt show Thyself upright; with the pure Thou wilt show Thyself
pure; and with the froward Thou wilt show Thyself froward." Ps.
18:25,26. See also Isa. 55:7.
NOTE.- God wills that men shall be saved. He has foreordained the characters that will
entitle men to salvation, but He does not compel anyone to receive Christ, possess
this character, and be saved. This is a matter of individual choice. By His mighty acts
and judgments in Egypt, God "hardened Pharaoh's heart." Ex. 7:3,13,22. But the
same manifestations softened the hearts of others. The difference was in the hearts,
and in the way God's message and dealings were received; not in God. The same sun
which melts the wax hardens the clay. Ex. 8:32 says that Pharaoh hardened his own heart.
14. What, on man's part, is essential to salvation?
"Choose ye this day whom ye will serve." Joshua 24:15. "If any man willeth
to do His will, he shall know of the teaching." John 7:17, R.V. "Believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31. "Whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely." Rev. 22:17.
NOTE.- A man once wished to join a certain church, but said he could not do so on
account of the views this church held on the subject of "election." The minister
to whom he was sent for help and enlightenment, failing to make the matter clear, an old
colored man, a layman, came to the rescue, and said: "Brother, this is the very
easiest thing in the church. You see, it is like this: The votin' is goin' on all the
time; and God, He is votin' for you; and the devil, he is votin' agin you; and whichever
way you vote, that is the way the election goes." Commenting upon this
incident, Rev. Wilbur Chapman, the noted evangelist, says: "I have studied theology
some myself, and graduated at a theological seminary; but I never got anything quite so
good as that."
15. In what fact may every believer rejoice?
"But rejoice that your names are written in heaven." Luke 10:20, R.V.
16. Whose names are to be retained in the book of life?
"He that overcometh, . . . I will not blot out his name out of the book of
life." Rev. 3:5.
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