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Atlas shrugged, but Jesus bore the weight of the world He had made, an innocent man dying a criminal’s death in the place of the ones who deserved it; rising again victorious, He will return to earth on a white horse, no longer the sacrificial lamb, but the ruler and judge (Rev 19:11-16).
Still, chosen individuals make up this group. As individuals receive the blessings in verse 3 and individually are sealed in verse 13, so individuals are the objects of God’s election. This should comfort the believer, for he chose “us” from the whole human race.
As Schreiner observes, “Calvinists typically appeal to Romans 9 to support their doctrine of divine election.” He adds that, “In particular, they assert that Romans 9 teaches that God unconditionally elects individuals to be saved.” However, as noted above, this “traditional” exegesis of Romans has been put into question.
Election and Predestination are not isolated issues: they are part and parcel of the interconnected doctrines of man, sin and salvation. In other words, how one perceives man and his fall, will impact significantly how he understands man’s salvation as well.
At this point in our brief study, it is helpful to provide a recap of the steps taken to demonstrate the Septuagint’s relationship (and importance) to biblical exegesis.
A good principle to follow in Bible study: try to never pass over words you don’t understand…
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