The Call, the
Crown, and the Condition
What does the
apostle Paul admonish us to do?
brothers, be all the more eager to
make your calling and election sure.
For if you do these things, you will
never fail, and you will receive a
rich welcome into the eternal kingdom
of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. 2 Peter 1: 10,11.
Note This text
at once reveals the fact that our
salvation, so far as our own
individual cases are concerned, is
dependant upon our own action. We are
elected to be saved; 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
given by Christ teaches the same
I am coming
soon. Hold on to what you
have, so no one will take your crown.
Note A crown
has 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 make our election sure.
Upon what condition
is the crown of life promised?
Do not be
afraid of what you are about to
suffer. I tell you, the devil will
put some of you in prison to test
you, and you will suffer persecution
for ten days. Be faithful,
even to the point of death,
and I will give you the crown of
life. Revelation 2:10.
Call in Christ to Holiness
In whom, and from
what time, have we been chosen unto
holiness and salvation?
For he has
chosen us in him before the
creation of the world to be holy
and blameless in his sight. Ephesians
is the character of those thus chosen
before the foundation of the world?
blameless. Verse 4.
To what has God
foreordained those who attain to this
us to be adopted as his sons
through Jesus Christ, in accordance
with his pleasure and will.
According to what
does God call us?
And we know that
in all things God works for the good
of those who love him, who have been
called according to his purpose.
to what have we been predestined?
In him we were
also chosen, having been predestined according
to the plan of him who works out
everything in conformity with the
purpose of his will.
Faith and Salvation
Upon what condition
is salvation offered?
Believe in the Lord Jesus,
and you will be saved you and
your household. Acts 16:31.
long must this faith be preserved in
order to bring final salvation?
he that stands firm to the end will
be saved. Matthew
24:13. (See James 1:12; Revelation
what fact may every believer in the
Word of God rejoice?
not rejoice that the spirits submit
to you, but rejoice that
your names are
written in heaven. Luke
names are to be retained in the book
overcomes will like them
be dressed in white. I will never
blot out his name from the book of
life, but will acknowledge his name
before the Father and his
angels. Revelation 3:5.
Choice and Mans Choice
What scripture is
sometimes cited as evidence that God
is arbitrary in His dealing with men?
has mercy on whom he wants to have
mercy, and he hardens whom he wants
to harden. Romans 9:18.
other scripture shows with whom God
wills to be merciful, and
with whom otherwise?
To the faithful,
you show yourself faithful, to
the blameless you show
yourself blameless, to the pure
you show yourself to be pure,
but to the crooked you show
yourself to be shrewd.
Psalm 18:25,26. (See also Isaiah
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 the matter of
individual choice. By His mighty acts
and judgments in Egypt, God
heart. (Exodus 7:3, 13, 22.)
But the same manifestations softened
the hearts of others. The difference
was in the hearts, and in the
way Gods message and dealings
were received; not in God. The same
sun which melts the wax hardens the
clay. Exodus 8:32 says that Pharaoh
hardened his own heart.
many does God desire to be saved?
Who wants all
men to be saved and to come to a
knowledge of the truth. 1
on mans part, is essential to
But if serving
the Lord seems undesirable to you,
then choose this day whom you will
serve. Joshua 24:15. If
anyone chooses to
Gods will, he will
find out whether my teaching comes
from God or whether I speak on my
own. John 7:17. They
replied, Believe in the
Lord Jesus, and you will be saved
you and your household.
Acts 16:31. The Spirit and the
bride say, Come! Whoever
is thirsty, let him come; and whoever
wishes, let him take the free gift of
the water of life. Revelation
A man once
wished to join a certain church, but
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
laymen, 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 your vote, that is
the way the election goes.
Commenting upon this incident, the
noted evangelist Wilbur Chapman says,
I have studied theology some
myself, and graduated at a
theological seminary; but I never got
anything quite as good as that.