God made man in His image to reign on earth. He also gave man a free will. People do not have to follow God or love Him, but He loves them unconditionally. Neither will He force Himself on anyone to do the right thing as witnessed by the fall of Adam. When it comes to salvation we also have a choice to believe in Jesus or reject Him. The concept from Calvinism that some people are called by God to receive salvation while others are rejected by God to eternal damnation is a gross misunderstanding of the gospels. Christian Universalism where God’s grace will make everyone saved whether they accept Jesus is also a gross misunderstanding of the gospels.
Hebrews 9:15, “15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Because Jesus has cleansed our conscience from dead works we are now able to serve God instead of striving to try to please God through daily sacrifice. Because of His perfect work on the cross Jesus has been made Mediator of the New Covenant that we are under today. We must remember that under the Old Covenant death of the sinner was required or the sacrifice of an animal as the temporary payment for the transgression. Once Jesus allowed Himself to be sacrificed for our transgressions the price was paid once and for all. The whole purpose behind Jesus’ death, resurrection, and seating at God’s right hand was so God could fulfill His promise of blessings He made to Abraham and his seed. As Christians, by faith, we are a part of those promised eternal blessings.
The verse says “that those who were called may receive the promise of inheritance”, and we must fully understand the importance of all of scriptures to understand who was called. For those people hung up in the false teachings of Calvinism, God has not chosen the ones He wants to come to heaven and rejected the rest. Here is the infallible truth against such heretical belief.
John 3:15-16 “15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Does the word “whoever” have any indication of pre-ordained selection or is whoever all encompassing? It is all encompassing. Paul tells us in Romans 8:9 that if we confess with our mouth ad believe in our heart we will be saved. If Calvinism is correct then I have to ask why is it important then to even believe in Jesus much less confess Him. God created man in His own image spiritually, but He also gave us a free will to choose for ourselves. By nature we choose by our natural senses instead of spiritual leading, remember that Eve “saw that the tree was good for food”. True God knows all things and He knows who will and who will not accept His offering of Jesus for our redemption, but to think He created some people to go to heaven and others to go to Hell is to say God also created evil people in this world which. God only created one man from the dust of the earth and breathed life into Him and from the one man He pulled out a portion and created a womb-man so that they could replicate and fill the earth. What does this mean; God created the perfect, but man is the one in his fallen nature that creates some to be good and others to be evil.
Romans 8:29, tells us that who God foreknew He “predestined” to be conformed to the image of His son and God foreknew every person born into this world. Romans 8:30 “who, He predestined He called, and justified” and once again God foreknew every person that has ever been born into this earth. Ephesians 1:5 says having “predestined” us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ makes it perfectly clear that God has “predestined” the only way for us to come to become His true spiritual children and that is through accepting His adoption papers that have signed by the blood of Jesus. It is each person’s choice to receive that adoption by faith and confession of Jesus as Lord which takes us right back to John 3:16-18 and Romans 19:89-10.
For those who are using this bible study who may still be holding on to or stumbling with the concept of Calvinism, or if you are one of the many people using the NIV bible as your study bible, I encourage you to go to my website www.djmi.net and on the 2014 sermons page look for the teaching “Benevolent Father or Omnipotent Puppeteer”. Download this free teaching, open up a KJV or NKJV bible and if you have a NIV bible open it as well for comparison and prepare yourself to be set free from the enemies strong hold through deception.
Notice the last portion of Verse fifteen says, “that those who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance”. Ephesians 1:11, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will”. This verse confirms the last portion of Hebrews 9:15 that when we inter into the predestined path of becoming God spiritual sons and daughters, that we also have an eternal inheritance that God originally promised to Abraham and his seed. By receiving the adoption we also receive the full promise.
I will add that the wording in Hebrews 9:15 also says “may receive” and does not say automatically receives. Once again it rests on our will and our decision. God is omnipotent, sovereign, and forever loving, but He is also the perfect gentleman in that He never forces anything on us. If we do not enter into and prepare ourselves to receive our rightful inheritance, He will not force it on us. We can accept the free gift of salvation through belief and confession of Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but if we continue to live a lifestyle contrary to God’s ways we are positioning ourselves to allow the Devil to steal our blessings right in front of our face.
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