Texts: Malachi 1:1-3; Roman
In Part Two, I
introduced this title and defined partiality. God
is not partial; His sovereignty, as I had argued in the previous Journals, is
not partiality. In this Journal, I will begin with some Scriptural proof of God’s impartiality.
Scriptural Proof of God’s Impartiality
examine Scriptures that prove God’s impartiality. Paul’s letter to the Church
of Rome tells us that, “For God does not show favoritism” (literally,
Texts: Malachi 1:1-3; Roman 9:8-13
Part One, I discussed in the introduction that God is not partial. However, in God’s election, Esau was not
selected. The word “hate” was used in
Malachi’s prophecy (Mal 1: 1-3) at this time in direct reference to Esau’s
rejection of God's sovereignty and had persistently fought against Jacob in
revenge. God’s election for His redemptive purpose is not partiality.
does what He pleases. In addressing God’s election in Roman 9: 8-13, Paul compares the election of the Gentiles to
faith in Christ to that of the election of Jacob instead of Esau before they
were born (Gen 25:22-23).
Texts: Malachi 1: 1-3; Roman
One of the major
debates about God is whether He is partial.
In my introduction of the topic (“Is there any partiality in God? What
does He mean by “Jacob I loved and Esau I hated,”), the first issue I want to
address is,there is no partiality with
God. What is cleared in the texts is
God’s election and sovereignty. The term election use here is not in the Calvinistic
position because God calls both Edom and Judah to repentance. Calvinism believes that God predestined some
to salvation and others to eternal separation from God.
Texts: Malachi 1:1-3; Romans 9:10-13
I'll conclude the introduction of this
controversial topic in this section. Part
III focuses on the objectives and the summary of each major topic.
objectives of this study are to
- understand and believe the true meaning
of “hate” used against Esau;
- prove the geographical locations of the
descendants of Jacob and Esau today;
- understand the continual rivalry
between the descendants of Esau and
Jacob to this
Texts Malachi 1:
1-3; Romans 9: 13
In Part I of the
introduction, I began with the introduction of Malachi 1: 1-3, Romans 9: 13,
two among the many difficult texts in the Bible. These texts raise a question
about God’s partiality. Part II is the continuation
of the introduction.
Malachi 1: 1-3 and Romans 9: 13 give birth to the ongoing debate within Protestantism regarding
salvation among Calvinism, Lutherianism, and Armenianism. It is not my intention to
address all the theological positions regarding salvation of these
Texts: Mal 1:1-3; Rom 9: 10-13
Researching and praying to understand difficult texts in the Bible has
helped to increase my faith and walk with God. I got saved in 1962, and I
began to read through the Bible yearly from 1980. There were many
texts I could not understand. Following are just a few:
- Where did Cain get his wife?
- What was the mark God placed on Cain for his safety?
- Why must the God of love order the massacring of certain people along with innocent children?
- Why must God allow the Israelites into slavery for 400-plus years into Egypt, and in exile, several times?
Texts Isaiah 52: 7-10; 53: 1-12
God the Son laying down
His life on the Cross of Calvary is a dilemma for the unbelievers. Even some so-called Christians question this
too. The Prophet Isaiah declares, “Who has believed our message and to whom has
the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Calvary predictions are so amazing that few
will believe him (Is 53: 1-2).
In the background study
of Easter sent out last week, I argued that there would be no Easter if there
had not been a fall in the Garden of Eden, and since the perfectness of God’s
creation was tainted by the fall, therefore creation takes on a redemptive trend.
Text: Genesis 3:15
As we prepare for the Easter/Resurrection celebration this month, I
would like to share with you the background of this unique occasion.
What are your thoughts about Easter? What is the importance of Christ's
death on the Cross of Calvary for you and me? Easter is a true story of
redemption. The question that one may ask is, “Redeeming whom?” The
death of Christ is the fulfillment of God’s promise of redemption for
His creation – including man from the power of sin.
Text: Genesis 12: 1-3, “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your
country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I
will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless
you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing, I will
bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all
people on earth will be blessed through you.’”
In Part Two of The First Great Commission in Genesis, I discussed that
Abraham’s call to greatness in the sight of God was not done
Text: Genesis 12: 1-3, “The
Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your
father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you
into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you
will be a blessing, I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I
will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you.’”
Part One of the The First Great Commission in Genesis, I discussed that the
Great Commission began with the call of Abraham.