10. Who created all things?
God the Father created all things through and for His Son, and filled creation with His Spirit.
(Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-16, Genesis 1:3)
- What was God’s eternal purpose in the creation of the world?
God the Father determined to glorify His Son and through Him to display the immeasurable riches of His grace.
(Colossians 1:17-18, Ephesians 2:6-7)
- How did God determine to glorify His Son and display His grace?
The Father determined to call a people out of darkness, pardon, justify and adopt them as His children through the redemptive work of His Son, and grant them to rule and reign under the authority of His exalted Son forever.
(Colossians 1:13-14, Matthew 28:18)
- How did God determine whom He would adopt as His children?
God the Father, in accordance with the counsel of His own will, for His own eternal purpose, determined before the world began whom He would redeem through His Son.
- Did God the Father choose people because He foresaw something good in them?
God the Father didn’t see anything good in anyone except what He determined to work in them by His grace and for His purpose.
(Titus 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5)
- If people were not chosen by their good works, by what criteria did God the Father choose His people?
God the Father determined for His own eternal purposes, and in accordance with His eternal foreknowledge, to elect those who would through grace believe in His Son and persevere in faith until the end.
(Ephesians 1:4-5, Ephesians 1:11)
- If God the Father has already determined who will be saved, does that mean our prayers and evangelism are in vain?
God the Father has determined to bring people to salvation through the prayers and evangelistic efforts of His people; He has granted His people to be co-laborers with Him, therefore our laborers are not in vain.
(2 Timothy 2:9-10, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, James 4:2)