Two Everythings (Part 09) - Two Knowings of God (Eternal and Temporal)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse. Image from: www.patheos.com For a master copy of the outline, click here: Two Everythings To listen to the previous sermon in the series, click here: Part 8 To listen to the next sermon in the series, click here: Part 10 To Listen on YouTube, click here: Two Everythings (Part 9) - Two Knowings of God (Eternal and Temporal) 11. Two knowings of God A. Knowing God eternally in election and regeneration i. God's elect are foreknown of God in election. 1. 1Pe 1:2 - Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 2. Rom 8:29 - For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. ii. Jesus knows His sheep in a way that He doesn't know the reprobate. 1. Joh 10:27 - My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 2. Joh 10:28 - And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 3. Mat 7:23 - And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. iii. All of Jesus' sheep know Him in election and in regeneration. 1. Joh 10:14 - I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 2. Heb 8:10 - For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 3. Heb 8:11 - And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. iv. In this sense, all of God's elect know Him. B. Knowing God temporally by belief and experience i. Those who know God personally know Him because they are known of Him. 1. Gal 4:9 - But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? ii. There are some of God's elect, regenerate children that don't know Him like they should and still need to be converted. 1. Joh 14:7 - If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 2. Joh 14:8 - Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 3. Joh 14:9 - Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? iii. Some have even had their faith overthrown; nevertheless the Lord knows them. 1. 2Ti 2:18 - Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. 2. 2Ti 2:19 - Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. iv. Therefore, a lack of temporal knowledge of God doesn't necessarily mean that a man is not one of God's elect.