Thy People

Psalm 110:3

Don Fortner


     Here are four things plainly revealed by God to the sons of men. All who believe rejoice in them.


1. GOD HAS AN ELECT PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. There are some men and women who were chosen, ordained and predestinated unto salvation by God's sovereign, immutable grace, before the world began. And those who were chosen by God before the world began must be with God when the world ends. God's elect shall be eternally saved (II Thess. 2:13-14; Eph. 1:3-6; Rom. 8:28-30).


2. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCOMPLISHED REDEMPTION FOR GOD'S ELECT BY HIS DEATH UPON THE CROSS. All those for whom Christ died as a Substitute at Calvary are redeemed, justified and sanctified in him. And they shall be glorified by him. Every person who was redeemed by Christ shall live forever with Christ in heaven (Rom. 5:19; Gal. 3:13; Heb. 9:12; 10:5-14).


3. THE HOLY SPIRIT SAVES ALL OF GOD'S ELECT BY HIS IRRESTIBLE GRACE. All who were chosen of God in eternity and redeemed by Christ at Calvary are regenerated, born again, called, converted, sealed and preserved in Christ unto everlasting life by the sovereign, effectual, irresistible power and grace of God the Holy Spirit at God's appointed time (Ps. 65:4; Eph. 1:14; 2:1-4). "It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profitteth nothing" (John 6:63; 1:12-13). All who are called by the Holy Spirit to Christ shall come to Christ and be with Christ forever.


4. EVERY SINNER IN ALL THE WORLD WHO TRUSTS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST SHALL BE SAVED (John 3:14-16, 36; Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:9-13). You and I have a responsibility to trust Christ. God commands us to trust his dear Son. He does not invite us to do so. He commands us! And he promises salvation to all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. God is as good as his word. If we believe on Christ, we are eternally saved. That means, we have been chosen of God, redeemed by Christ and called by the Holy Spirit. Faith in Christ is the fruit and evidence of these things.