Idolaters are Seekers, but Jesus Finds the Elect

Romans 3: 11 As many as who believe on Him will not be put to shame,12 for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. 13 For as many as who callon the name of the Lord will be saved.14 But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him?

Romans 10: 16 But all did not obey the gospel.

Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message?

17 faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.

The gospel about Jesus Christ is not about a generic theis, which would not offend anybody in a synagogue. Inoffensive sermons attempt to assimilate Jesus into some universal non-sectarian idea of doing good and being content.

Acts 17: 6 While Paul was waiting in Athens, he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So Paul reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with those seeking God and in the marketplace every day .Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers argued with him. “May we learn about this new teaching you’re speaking of? 20 For what you say sounds strange to us, and we seek to know what these ideas mean.”21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners residing there spent their time on nothing else but seeking something new. 22 Then Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that you are extremely religious in every respect. 23 For as I was passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.

Romans 3—why not say, just as some who slander claim we say, “Let us do what is evil so that good may come”? Their condemnation is deserved! 9 What then? Are we any better?Not at all! Both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin,
There is NO ONE righteous, NOT EVEN ONE.
11 There is no one who understands;
12 All have turned away;
all alike have become useless.
There is no one who does what is good,

Romans 9: 30 Gentiles, who did NOT SEEK righteousness, have obtained righteousness—namely the righteousness that comes from faith. 31 But Israel, seeking for righteousness from the law, has not achieved the righteousness of the law. 32 The righteousness of the law is NOT found by faith but found instead BY WORKS.

Many Jews stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33 As it is written: Look! I am putting a stone in Zion in order for them to stumble over and a rock in order for then to trip over,

Law “kills us” not oonly by making us thinking of more things to do wrong that we would not have thought of before. The law also kills us by being used by idolaters (all of us by nature) to try to justify ourselves before God. We think–I did the law right, or I did enough of the law right.

David Gordon –The qualification works-and-not faith in Gal 3:10-13 is parallel to the qualification works and not faith in Romans 9:32. When Paul asks why the Jews did not attain unto the Torah, his answer addressed the NATURE of the law- covenant (Torah demands perfect obedience), not the nature of the PURSUIT of the law-covenant.”

John 7: 3 His brothers said to Jesus, “Leave here and go to Judea so that the world and the church can SEE Your works For no one does anything in SECRET while he’s seeking PUBLIC recognition. Show Yourself to the world.

john 7: 6 Jesus told them, “My time has not yet arrived, but your time is always at hand. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it does hate Me because I testify about it—that its works are evil.

John 7: 19 He who SEEKS the glory of the One who sent Him is true….Yet none of you keeps the law! Why do you want to kill Me?”

John 7: 33 Then Jesus said, “I am only with you for a short time. Then I’m going to the One who sent Me. 34 You will seek for Me, but you will NOT FIND Me; and WHERE I AM, YOU CANNOT COME

Acts 17: 24 The God who made the world and everything in it—He is ….NOT served by human hands, as though God needed anything, since God Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things. … God appointed the boundaries where people live. 27 God did this in order that they PERHAPS seek God, and PERHAPS reach out and find God, though God is not far from each one of us. ..31 God has set a day when God is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man God has appointed. God has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Jesus from the dead.”

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One Comment on “Idolaters are Seekers, but Jesus Finds the Elect”

  1. markmcculley Says:

    Paul Helm—Is not the granting of Christ’s gifts also a work of Christ? Is this giving not something that Christ does? Giving us gifts is not atonement, Giving us gifts is the result of atonement. But in giving justification Christ is at work.
    Bavinck: Christ took on himself the task of really and fully saving his people. Christ will not abdicate as mediator before Christ has presented his elect– without spot or wrinkle – to the Father. The application of salvation is not less an essential constituent of redemption than Christ’s acquisition of salvation‘Take away its application and redemption is not redemption’. Christ continues his prophetic, priestly and royal activity. The application of salvation is Christ work. By an irresistible grace Christ gives himself and his benefits to his own. (Reformed Dogmatics, 3-523)

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