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Thursday, February 25, 2010

We Interrupt This Series of Posts.....

For something that just hit me. It was actually an echo of a real "WOW moment" I had during Sunday School this past weekend.

We were studying Jesus' praying in the Garden at Gethsemane, when His guys kept dozing off. The part that finally came together Sunday:

He earnestly asked His Father to let what He knew to be coming, pass from Him. But He added that He wanted God's will, not His own.

But wait a minute. The Bible tells us Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world! Why the request to God?

Because it had to be voluntary!

SO. I've been a Calvinist longer than I've been a Baptist, and one of the bigger sticking points on that for Baptists seems to be disputing how they could be predestined to be a Christian, when it was their decision to be saved? The answer it is simple.

Because it has be to voluntary!

Just as Jesus death on the cross had to be voluntary .. despite the fact that He was "slain from the foundation of the world" .. salvation, for us, must be voluntary, despite the fact that we may have been elect "from the foundation of the world".

WOW. Such a beautiful symmetry there.

TONIGHT'S DEAL: Isn't that what God wants from us? Voluntary service? Voluntary giving? Voluntary devotion? Voluntary sacrifice?

Isn't that the essence of "Bondservanthood"?

Isn't that "Embracing the Grace"? Abandonment of self, and abandonment to Jesus?

I think so. Goodbye, law.

Hello, freedom! Hello, joy!

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