by Mike Ratliff
This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (Ephesians 3:11-16 ESV)
For the past week I have been listening to John MacArthur’s series on the doctrine of Election and the Sovereignty of God. I planned to write this evening on that topic, but as I started my research I could not solidify my text, my sources, my focus, nothing. I then backed away from that and asked God to show me why John’s topic was so vibrant in my heart, but I could not write what I wanted about it. He then guided me to see that I should write about one the main benefits of our salvation. After all, those who don’t grasp the veracity of election…yet, are still saved who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for our salvation. All in Christ have much in common no matter what doctrines they hold. Therefore, this post’s focus is on the marvelous outcome of our salvation that we are Children of God and because of that we have a “purifying hope” in Christ.