From his incarnation to his reign at the Father’s right hand, Jesus is not only the Lord who became the servant, but the servant who is Lord and continues even in this exalted state to serve his Father’s will and his people’s good. From eternity to eternity, he offers his ‘Here I am’ to the Father on behalf of those who have gone their own way. For now, Christ reigns in grace; when he returns in judgment and vindication, his kingdom will be consummated in everlasting glory.
“Even God doesn’t have free-will. He cannot act outside of accordance with His nature.” (Titus 1:2) “in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began”
“People ask me, ‘Why pray if God is sovereign?’ I respond, ‘Why pray if He isn’t?”
~ Michael Horton
“Suppose you order a steak in a restaurant. How do you know in advance that you are going to be served a steak and not a hot dog? You know, because that is what you ordered! Of course, God knows beforehand what will happen because he has ordered the end from the beginning. Since ‘no one can come’ to Christ ‘unless the Father… draws him’ (John 6:44), what would God have foreseen apart from his own work? He would have foreseen unresponsive, lifeless, spiritual corpses who do ‘not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God’ (1 Cor. 2:14) and are ‘dead in… transgressions and sins’ (Eph. 2:1). Hence, election could not have been based on foreseen responses which, apart from regeneration by God’s Spirit, we were entirely incapable of making.”
–Michael Horton, Putting Amazing Back Into Amazing Grace
“Sometimes as I have gone witnessing with a group of people, I have wondered whether I’m sharing Christ or selling a line of products. It is interesting to see how some of the airport cults have picked up on some of our successful formulas and patterns of communicating. These cult members are so predictable we can see them coming a mile away. Like us, they tend to offer simplistic pitches.
Because of election, we realize that we as Christians do not have to resort to such packages of last-chance tactics. We know that, in the final analysis, only God’s electing, redeeming grace, and not Madison Avenue or the latest fads of pop psychology, will bring lasting reconciliation between humans and God. With this knowledge we can be more comfortable with the biblical message and biblical methods. We can approach unbelievers as human beings rather than targets, consumers, numbers, and converts. I am tired of evangelical conferences where more time is given to the hype than to the hope, where more energy is given to the methods than to the message, and where more effort is devoted to techniques than to truth.”
–Michael Horton, Putting Amazing Back into Grace