Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Be violated, be very violated

26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;
27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,
29 so that no man may boast before God.
30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
31 so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD." (1 Cor. 1:26-31, NASB)

To those whose response to predestination is why would God do such a thing?-- this passage gives one answer plain-as-day. When considering your calling, we see that God has chosen the foolish, weak, base and despised-- for the express purpose of eradicating utterly human pride.

It is "but by His doing" that you are in Christ Jesus. Those who are concerned about violations of the human will, or other indignities to our "personhood" are clinging to something of which they can boast in themselves: namely that at least a tiny part of them was not chosen, but chose.

You can dress it up however you like, and couch your conclusion in philosophical, ecclesiastical, sacerdotal, or academic sophistry, but you cannot escape the simple logic that it is either all of God or it isn't. If it is all of God, man's "personhood" is incapable of seeking God-- until he is regenerated. One cannot be given a new heart without being violated. Why anyone would protest this sovereign act (some, such as Norman Geisler, have described the effectual calling as "divine rape") is unfathomable. Will anyone in glory express resentment over the reality that their eternal security was a result of being violated, and complain that the price was just too high? Will any in hell boast that at least I made it here on my own?

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