Sometimes there is a theme or topic in scripture that can be found throughout the Bible. Sometimes passages can be gathered together that speak to a theme or topic, not to “prove” something we want the Bible to say, but to more clearly articulate what just might be a very important doctrine. One must be very careful in doing this, I think, because the human heart is still deceitful beyond measure (Jer 17:9), although as believers we also have the indwelling Holy Spirit. Are these some of those passages that go to important doctrine?
Isa 55:10-11 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Eph 1:4-6 “…even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. “
Joh 6:37 “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
Joh 6:44 – “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”
Joh 6:65 “And he said, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.’”
I am just asking here. The answer to the question might be a matter of further study. If these passages of scripture us to further study concerning what they might be pointing to – mission accomplished.
Oh man Born. I was just having this conversation with a friend of mine last Friday! We were talking about how the Bible says what it says and we can’t read it any other way. Then we got onto the topic of predestination and eternal security and perseverence and depravity and sanctification, and how you become elect and all that jazz. The funny thing is that my friend didn’t realize that she believed these things…but by the end of the conversation…we were both on the same page.
I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for that conversation!
It was a good conversation. Most definitely. She came out of an anthiest family…and yet both her and her brother are christians…that’s how the conversation started. Being called.
Many times I have used the NT verses to suggest to folks sovereign grace, but recently the Isaiah passage came to mind. If it’s God’s calling the sinner to the cross for salvation, how coule it not be effective?
Does that verse in Isaiah complete the thought in Hebrews?
7For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
We definitely need the word, properly tended and cultivated, just as the earth needs the same thing to produce a good crop/fruit.