Friday, December 6, 2013

Unchanging, Unconditional

"... I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness...," (Jeremiah 31:3).
"For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed," (Malachi 3:6).

* I have loved you...

As it is that God is from everlasting to everlasting, so, too, is His electing love.  In eternity past, when He set His heart upon those whom He would save, it was with this timeless love.  Since He chose His own before time began, His determining their destiny is not dependent upon anything outside Himself (including their response)... it is unconditional (John 1:13).  This love is very humbling to human pride, which naturally wants to earn (and subsequently, deserve) acceptance with God.  Yet He will not share His glory with another.

*I have drawn you...

Thus, having loved His own from all eternity, in order to gain the greatest glory due His gracious Name, He intervened in time amid the forfeited lives of millions, and opened their hearts to realize His love and grace. His omnipotent Spirit calls, draws, regenerates, and converts this multitude no man can number.  Each is given salvation's faith in His impeccable timing. No works.  No merit.  Why?  Because anyone's salvation actually belongs to the LORD (Jonah 2:9).  Consequently, no one can boast of contributing to his salvation (Ephesians 2:8,9), as if he could share credit with the living God.

*I, the LORD, do not change...

For the Christian, this is perhaps the most precious of the Lord GOD's many attributes: He is immutable.   As He is now, He has always been, and will ever be.  Great comfort is here... especially in relation to salvation's security.  One of the enemy's most widespread lies in Christendom is the possibility of losing one's salvation.  No, the genuinely-regenerate individual has a relationship with the living God that was initiated by Him, procured by Him, and completed by Him.  The only way there could be the remotest possibility that one of His own could perish is if He could change.  And that cannot be, praise to His transcendent Name!

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