in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire?; 21:27 ? ?there shall in no wise enter into it anything unclean...but only they that are written in the Lamb?s book of life? God?s decrees of electing grace in Christ.
(g) That these are allotted, as disciples, to certain of God?s servants:
<441704> Acts 17:4 (literally) ? ?some of them were persuaded, and were allotted [by God] to Paul and Silas? ? as disciples (so Meyer and Grimm); 18:9, 10 ? ?Be not afraid, but speak and hold not thy peace: for I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to harm thee: for I have much people in this city.?
(h) Are made the recipients of a special call of God:
<450828> Romans 8:28, 30 ? ?called according to his purpose whom he foreordained, them he also called?; 9:23, 24 ? ?vessels of mercy, which he afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom he also called, not from the Jews only, but also from the Gentiles?; 11:29 ? ?for the gifts and the calling of God are not repented of?; <460124>1 Corinthians 1:24-29 ? ?unto them that are called...Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God...For behold your calling, brethren...the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to naught the things that are: that no flesh should glory before God?; <480115>Galatians 1:15, 16 ? ?when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me, even from my mothers womb, and called me through his grace, to reveal his Son in me?; cf. <590223>James 2:23 ? ?and he [Abraham] was called [to be] the friend of God.?
(i) Are born into God?s kingdom, not by virtue of man?s will, but of God?s will:
<430113> John 1:13 ? ?born, not of Wood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God?; <590118>James 1:18 ? ?Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth? <620410>1 John 4:10 ? ?Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us.? SS Times, Oct. 14, 1899 ? ?The law of love is the expression of God?s loving nature, and it is only by our participation of the divine nature that we are enabled to render it obedience. ?Loving God,? says Bushnell, ?is but letting God love us.? So John?s great saying may be rendered in the present tense: ?not that we love God, but that he loves us.? Or, as Madame Guyon sings: ?I love my God, but with no love of mine, For I have none to give; I love thee, Lord, but all the love is thine, For by thy life I live?.?
(j) Receiving repentance, as the gift of God:
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