Arguing About Predestination – Gospel in Life
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Arguing About Predestination

Tim Keller |  August 19, 2001

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Topics:
  • Doctrine
Duration:
43:30
Scripture:
John 6:41-48
SKU:
RS 133-4

Overview

In this sermon, we will look at the doctrine of predestination, or election — the idea that we would never seek for or choose God unless first God sought for and chose us. In this passage, Jesus says that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” We’ll ask two questions of that statement: 1) What does Jesus mean? 2) What does it mean for us practically?

John 6:41–48

When Jesus says he is the Bread of Life, it causes some confusion and disagreement among the Jews. He also states that only those who the Father brings to him can truly understand and accept who he is. We can dig deep into these statements and find valuable insights in Jesus’s teachings.

1. What is he claiming?

Jesus is saying that we only search for God because He first looked for us. This means that God plays a big part in our journey of faith, but it doesn’t cancel out our free will. This might make us question ideas of control and fairness, but it also shows us God’s limitless love and grace that we did not earn. The idea of being chosen by God, often seen in those who are weak or looked down upon, is a beautiful thing. It’s not about being forced, but about being drawn to the beauty of Jesus Christ.

2. What does that mean for us practically?

The idea of being chosen by God makes us think deeply about our spiritual beliefs. It reminds us of the personal nature of God and the need for His revelation. This can be challenging but also comforting, as it teaches us humility, security, and a sense of community. It assures us of God’s unconditional love. More so, it teaches us to be tolerant, respectful, and to understand that faith is a gift from God, not something we achieve on our own.

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