[Note: This session was required because the first half of these notes took more time than the normal notes require.]
Thesis:Hope is built upon commitments God has made and revealed to those to whom He wishes to give hope.
Introduction:In our first study of this thesis, we saw that Luke and Peter held concepts of "election" that impose two notions: first, that God's "election" is irresistably effectual (He does not take "no" for an answer); and, second, that one's personal knowledge of his/her own "election" is critical to a life of faith, love, and (perhaps most importantly) hope.
I. Our First Consideration: Paul's Deliberate Insertion of This Concept at This Point (see the study for Feb. 2, 2014(016)).
II. Our Second Consideration: Paul's Concept of "Election".
A. The noun form of the word is only used seven times in the New Testament, five of which were Paul's.
1. The non-Pauline uses.
2. The uses by Paul.
a. Romans 9:11 says that "election" is fundamental to the ability of the purpose of God to "stand" and it exists to fundamentally erase "behavior" as its basis because of Rom 4:15-16 where anything rooted in "behavior" is doomed in terms of "success".
b. Romans 11:5 proceeds to tie the Plan of God to "election" and it is actually called "the election of grace", thus signifying the inseparable link between "grace" and divine initiative.
c. Romans 11:7 goes a bit further and brings "blindness" into the picture as that which afflicts those not chosen.
d. Romans 11:28 continues to place the Plan of God on the sure foundation of election.
B. The verb form of the word consistently involves the fundamental idea that choices are being made.
1. According to Ephesians 1:4, God "chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world".
2. According to Revelation 17:8 (in conjunction with 13:8), this choice by God involved writing the names of the elect into the Book of Life before the foundation of the world.
3. According to Acts 13:48, this scenario plays itself out in the actual day by day details of the "elect" coming to faith.
III. Our Third Consideration: Paul's Point.
A. At issue: keeping hope alive and vibrant.
B. Method: tie hope to the most fundamental level of divine activity so that His promises are kept from being exposed to the deceits of demons and false teachers.