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Written by Peter Clements.   

Difficulties with man made Elections in 2013?

The soon federal elections couched in the double duping antics of labour could prove (through votes of ignorance) a triple duping in Ausie Land.  

The following is the reality of the Election we should

 all count as Paramount. The one that is ETERNAL!

 "Make your Calling and Election SURE"! [2 Peter 1:10.]

The following is written by: The late Peter Clements.

IS YOUR ELECTION SURE? 

 Written By: Peter Clements. [Cootamundra Bible Fellowship.]

¶ Are you aware that God has an election? It's not advertised on TV, or written about in the papers, but it's certainly discussed in the Bible. God is calling out a people for Himself. This is what the church is all about. Not some "holy club" or a committee of "do-gooders" trying to improve society (though hopefully it will have some impact on society for good) but rather, the "called out" ones. A people called out of the world, to become members of God's team. (God and the present world system are heading in opposite directions.)

 

¶ God's "elect" are, in reality, quite a small and despised team - certainly not the favorites. Jesus said that there are but two ways which we can tread through this life  (Matthew 7). First there's the broad way - the world's way which is wide, easy, and well travelled. The alternative - the way of the elect - is a narrow gate and a constricted way. According to Jesus, not many people find it, and it involves suffering and a cross - persecution by an unbelieving world. The Devil's way is well trodden and features popularity, pleasure, affluence, and ease. Little wonder it's crowded, but it leads to the unquenchable fires of Hell.

 

¶ How does God select His team? Quite differently from how we would! We'd be looking for well qualified, gifted, intellectual persons - men and women of standing and influence. But who does God choose? He looks, instead, for the nobodies. The despised, rejected, and downtrodden are the ones God chooses. The reason? That no one might boast of his/her natural gifts and abilities, so all the glory goes to God  (1 Corinthians 1: 26-29).

 

¶ When did this election take place? Way back in the secret counsels of God. Before ever the foundations of the world where laid, God had already chosen a people for Himself who would be set apart, and washed clean by the blood of Christ  (Ephesians 1:4).

 

¶ Is there a purpose in God's election? Assuredly there is. Like Israel of old, God calls us out of the world (Egypt) that He might bring us in to the company of his people (Canaan). God's election is not some sort of "lucky-dip" into a barrel which selects a winner for a Gold Coast holiday. (Heaven will be a big improvement on the Gold Coast!) No, God's people will not only share the joys of Heaven, but they are to worship and serve Him, and they are also granted the "privilege" of suffering for Him  (Philippians 1:29).

 

¶ But maybe I'm not among the elected? Texts such as John 3:16 and 1 Timothy 2:4 should allay our fears. God is not willing that any should perish. Jesus also assured us that all those whom the Father had given Him would come to Him, and he that comes, Jesus would never, in any way, cast out. If, as you read this article, your heart glows with love for Jesus Christ, there's every reason to believe that God is calling; ie God has elected YOU! You must answer Him.

 

¶ Can I be ousted at the next election? This is the politician's concern before an election, but it seems an active believer should not be plagued with such fears. Read  John 10 and see how God cares for, and preserves His own. If God has indeed called us, we need to be busy working that out in our daily life. "If you continue in My word, then ye are My disciples indeed" (John 8:31).

 

¶ "Give diligence to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things, you shall never fall"  (2 Peter 1:10). Is your election sure?