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God’s Electing Grace
The book of Malachi consists of six oracles (or disputations) that each and every start with a saying of the men and women, to which the Lord responds via his prophet. Most of these oracles are looking rebukes. It is striking, nevertheless, that ahead of the Lord rebukes the men and women, he starts by affirming his electing enjoy for them, which is the purpose they continue to exist following the judgment of the exile (1:two). He didn’t decide on their forefather Jacob to be the ancestor of his men and women due to the fact of his superior performs but in spite of his sin. So as well, their sin can not make God cease loving them. The non-elect, nevertheless, will be judged for their sin without having hope, as the fate of the descendants of Esau (Edom) tends to make clear.
The ultimate remedy for our sin is not our repentant obedience, but the Lord’s coming to his temple.
We as well had been selected to belong to God, not primarily based on our performs but basically out of God’s electing grace in Christ (Eph. 1:4–6). We as a result can not sin our way out of God’s enjoy. However at the exact same time, we had been selected to be holy and blameless (Eph. 1:four), not only positionally but also virtually. So God rebukes our sin via his Word, and calls us to repent sincerely and turn to him for forgiveness.
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And however the ultimate remedy for our sin is not our repentant obedience, but the Lord’s coming to his temple (Mal. three:1). Our personal righteousness can not stand the exposure that that day will bring any additional than dross could survive the refiner’s fire or dirt could endure the launderer’s soap (Mal. three:two). We require the righteousness of a different, if we are going to stand on that day— which is precisely what God provides us in the gospel. As a outcome, the day of the Lord’s coming for believers is not a fiery, destructive furnace that we require to worry but rather a warming sun of righteousness that rises on us for our healing (Mal. four:1–2). For in Jesus, God does come to his temple—not the temple developing, but the temple of Christ’s personal body—which we are. There, humans can as soon as additional meet with God.
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