By Elder Clem E. Cook
It is written, The scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Also, it is written, For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
These writings are found in Gal. 3:22 and Rom. 11:32, both being in context of teachings concerning Israel.
Concluded is a translation from krino; properly to distinguish, i.e., decide [mentally of judicially]; by implication, to try, condemn, punish.
Proceeding these statements the question, Is the law then against the promises of God? and, Hath God cast away his people?
To the Galatians, the question, Received ye the spirit by the works of the law, or by hearing of faith? And to the Roman's, it was stated, For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
The nation of Israel was the elect nation of God. Ref. Isa. 45:3-6. And it is my belief that the Bible teaches that this physical nation was a type of Spiritual Israel.
In Rom. 3:1 the question is, what advantage then hath the Jew? Or what profit is there of circumcision? Saying, much in every way; chiefly, because unto them were committed the oracles of God. The Jew [the nation of Judaea] was the last representative of the nation of physical Israel The next question in verse 3 states, For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? Thus answered, God forbid.
In verse 9, it is asked, What then? Are we better than they? This is speaking of the unbelievers. The answer, No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. The word "all" is used to describe every person, or thing under consideration. All mankind have been, are, and will be sinners; and the believer, and the righteous are included. It is only by the selection [elect]. that God moves, will any be redeemed; and they by his grace All are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. And none shall be lost.
Your Servant in the Word,
Clem E. Cook Las Animas, CO.
Article from The Banner of Love
<<< Back to Salvation by Grace Alone >>>