Appointed for eternal life

RE Verse reading–Acts 13:1-52 (day seven)  “And all who were appointed for eternal life believed”  (vs 48)  It is a paradox.  A truth made up of two sides which seem contradictory or irreconcilable.  God appoints.  We decide.   Appoint means “lined up or arranged” and speaks of the inner preparation that precedes the reception of spiritual truth.  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him”  (John 6:44)  Is God working in your heart?  Is He preparing you for new truth and deeper faith?  It is His great gift!  Progress will require a decision of faith from you.  The Father has assigned you this role.  In vs 46, Paul says that the rejecters have “judged themselves unworthy of eternal life”.  Bad choice!  The word in this sentence means “to decide” and places the emphasis on the decision of man rather than the appointment of God.  So, which is it?  The work of God or a decision of faith?  Yes.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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