“What difference is there between us, O God?!” Nothing whatsoever.And that was the original point back in verse 11. There’s nothing goodor bad that separates you, but only God’s sovereign choice to love youand hate (or love less) the other. This doctrine makes you acutelyaware of your own unmeritorious standing before God, realizing that youhad absolutely nothing to do with God’s setting His affection on you. Hedid it because it was part of His purpose. And He didn’t do it for theother person because that was part of His purpose too. I don’t knowwhy, and I don’t have any earthly idea. But it’s what the Scriptures say,and its all about God’s glory. That’s truly humbling, reader.
Double-Predestination Makes Christians Cry, “Send Me!”
Second, this doctrine also makes the elect cry “Send me dearLord!” With the lack of understanding as to why God did it for them andnot for others, the heart surges with urgent desire to go and tell them of God’s mercy so that perhaps God’s sovereign election might includethem too in His purpose. I believe it was Spurgeon who somewhereprayed, “God save the elect, and elect some more!”We don’t really know who the elect are, do we? A formercolleague in ministry suggested that it would be nice if we could tell whothe elect were by looking at their belly-buttons! If you’re an “inny”you’re in, and if you’re an “outy” you’re out! Spurgeon suggestedsomething similar, preaching that we cannot lift up their shirts and seewhether or not there’s a gigantic “E” for elect tattooed right on theirbacks.So if we can’t know who the elect are, and if we don’t know, if we’ll never know for sure in this world who they are, that means we’vegot to get out and tell them all! Now! Yesterday! I mean, if we don’treally know why He showed us mercy in the first place, and if we arekeenly aware of nothing different between us and the unsaved guy, thenwe really don’t know if God will not save the lost guy after all, right? It’sthe biblical logic of double-predestination that smashes the criticismsleveled against it. It demands evangelism and missions. It demandsthat others be told because we really don’t know what God’s ultimateplan and purpose is for that person.
Double-Predestination is All About God’s Glory!
Finally, “It’s not about us! It’s all about Him! It’s all about theglory due His holy name!” Those words from my buddy Steve Camp(
, 2002) ring true in my ears yet again. The glory of God isthe end of it all. And the sovereignty of God, or the right of God to dowith His creation what He wills, is what guides that glory. In other