EXPOSING GOD TO BE GOD. Speaking of the doctrine of election, the apostle Paul tells us in Romans chapter 9, verse 11 about two twin boys that had not yet been born. Having not yet been born, neither of the boys had done any good or evil. This is to show us, teach us and reveal to us that salvation is not all by a work that we do. God determined one of these two boys to be saved before they had any opportunity in and of themselves to do anything good or evil. Neither child had done anything good to recommend himself, and neither child had committed any evil to hinder God’s choosing of them. One was simply saved by the purpose of God according to election? So, what is the purpose of God according to election? We know this much, it is “Not of works, but of Him (of God) that calleth.” It is God’s purpose to have mercy on whom He will have mercy, and compassion on whom He will have compassion, proving that it has nothing to do with what the chosen sinner does. (Romans 9:15) The original word used for “purpose” in this verse actually means “to set forth, or to expose.” The purpose of God according to election stands true and it “set’s forth and exposes” God to be God. We could just as correctly read what Paul said this way. “That the setting forth and exposing of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him that calleth.” The truth about election (God’s choosing of a people) is that it exposes God to be the Sovereign One who saves. Election reveals God to be the One who makes one sinner to differ from another. (1 Corinthians 4:7) No, we are not saved by election! We are saved in, by, and through the Lord Jesus Christ. But election does set forth, expose and reveal the kind of God that saves. Election actually exposes the only God that saves, and that is a Sovereign One. D Edemsen

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