Sunday, 20 November 2011

The Mystery of Election

I promised to explain the mystery that led the Chosen Vessel to exclaim, “O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgements, and his ways are past finding out”(Romans 11:33).  But I have been very busy going two miles with those who compel me to go one.(Matt.5:41).  But now that I have a few minutes to myself, I will outline the fulfilment of my promise.
The Chosen Vessel began by asking: “what advantage then has the Jew?”(Romans 3:1).  That is, what advantage do the Jews have over the Gentiles?  And he began his answer by saying, “Much every way: Chiefly, because unto them were committed the oracles of God.”(Romans 3:2). 
In contrast to the Jews knowledge of God, there were five things that were true of the Gentiles:
1) they were without Christ
2) Aliens from the commonwealth of Israel
3) Strangers from the covenants of promise
4) Having no hope
5) And without God in world (Eph.2:12).
Their condition was completely wretched!

However, after the elucidation of a few mysteries, the Chosen Vessel was inspired to write: “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek;(Romans 10 :12)  This conclusion is consistent with what Peter reported after the conversion of Cornelius thus: “For as much as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us...(Acts 11:17).  And in Acts 15:7-9), Peter was also inspired to write: “And God, who knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us.”  And please note what follows: “And put no DIFFERENCE between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith”(Acts 15:8-9).

Now, with this revelation of unity and peace between Jews and Gentiles, the burning question is, why did The Worldwide Church of God put a difference between black and white brethren, especially during social events at the various Feasts of Tabernacles? I will answer this question, and the answer will reveal something that was and is very shocking!

However, if God has put no difference between Jews and Gentiles, why does the Chosen Vessel says that the Jews have some advantages?  Is Paul and Peter contradicting themselves, or is this a paradox that leads to a deeper mystery?

To be continued…

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