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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, February 23, 1910, Image 24

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February 23, 1910. THE
son to doubt that it contains both the
points of the parallel, not merely the
relative number of those involved in the
choice but especially the choice itself, as
a choice of God and his method of salvation.
If these points are kept in mind,
verse seven appears to be simple enough.
It is a double comparison in which one
of the terms is understood in each member
of the sentence. Let the verse be
read thus: "That which Israel seeketh
for he did not attain, but the (aforesaid)
choice attained it, and the rest were
hardened." He means to say that salvation
is attained by just such an act of
choice as that which Israel was called
upon to make in Elijah's day. If we
translate "eklogen" election as a designation
of the body of the elect, it leaves
out the main point of the comparison,
and the force of the incident is lost.
What useful purpose could be subserved
by the introduction of election in such a
place?
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It is evidently not the apostle's
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But It Was a Hard Pull.
It is hard to believe that coffee will
put a person in such a condition as it did
an Ohio woman. She tells her own story:
"I did not believe coffee caused my
trouble, and frequently said I liked it so
well I would not, and could not quit
drinking it, but I was a miserable sufferer
from heart trouble and nervous prostration
for four years.
"I was scarcely able to be around, had
no energy and did not care for anything.
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around my heart until I thought I could
not endure it. For months I never went
to bed expecting to get up in the morning.
I felt as though I was liable to die any
time.
"Frequently 1 had nervous chills and
the least excitement would drive sleep
away, and any little noise would upset
me terribly. I was gradually getting
worse until finally one time it came over
me and I asked myself what's the use
of being sick all the time and buying
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in coffee?
"So I thought I would see if I could quit
drinking coffee and got some Postum
to help me quit. I made it strictly according
to directions and I want to tell
you, that change was the greatest step
in my life. It was easy to quit coffee
because I had the Postum which I now
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steady, heart all right and the pain all
gone. Never have any more nervous
chills, don't take any medicine, can do
all my housework and have done a great
deal beside."
Read "The Road to Wellville," in pkgs.
"There's a Reason."
Ever read the above letter? A new
one appears from time to time. They
are genuine, true, and full of human interest.
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of the number, for he wishes to reach
with the gospel as many as possible, and
to emphasize that few will be saved is
not conducive to that end. Is not this
the explanation of his exceedingly mod
erate statement above, "But not all
hearkened to the gospel"? Why did he not
say that few gave heed? Because it would
have been detrimental to his purpose
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mentio# of the fact that those who made
the all important choice were few, a
"remnant," and emphasizes the method
which is uppermost in his thought by
saying in effect, "the above mentioned
act of choice attained it." The essential
matter is to adopt God's plan of salvation.
To say in the abstract "the choice
attained it" makes prominent the method
while at the same time it goes without
saying that those who made the choice
attained salvation. It is perfectly natural
therefore to add: "and the rest were
hardened."
Now turn to verse 28, and examine the
context. It comes after the promise of
Israel's restoration. "All Israel shall be
saved" in accordance with the prophecy,
"There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer.
He shall turn away ungodliness
from Jacob." This would be a fulfillment
of the covenant. Verse 28 then
contrasts the state of Israel under the
different conditions. "As regards the
gospel they were enemies for your sake."
This means that at first they were left
to carry out their own antipathy because
God in his wisdom designed to make this
conducive to the salvation of the Gentiles,
who would be the easier reached by
the gospel in view of the hatred towards
it displayed by the Jews. Now the contrast
would be the reverse state when Israel
according to the prophecy and the
covenant had been converted to a changed
attitude. "But as touching the (or
their) choice (of the gospel) they were
beloved for the father's sake." This is
but another way of stating that the
changed attitude resulted from God's
covenant and his active interposition in
accordance tnerewitn.
Here again the truth is lost by the
translation "election." It spoils the apostle's
contrast, and the subject of election
is again out of place. It is also out
of Joint with the following verse, whereas
the translation "choice" is in perfect
accord. They chose the way of life under
the influence of the gift and calling
of God, which having been pledged to Israel
in the covenant was not subject to
failure. This is exactly what he had
taught in chapter nine. To say, They
are beloved for the father's sake" is but
a way of saying that their choice of the
true religion was an outcome of God's
free grace promised to the fathers. This
of course involves the true doctrine of
election, which at any rate could not be
seriously affected by the elimination ot
the word from this passage. But since
the fact of man's choice?the human side
of salvation?is made so prominent, this
passage should prove a satisfactory reconciliation
between Calvinism and Arminianism.
TH. 247
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that publish the tidings are a great
throng." Ps. 68:11 R. V.
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of the Southern Church? If so, send your
contribution to
Mrs. A. M. Howison, Treas.
East Main St., Staunton, Va.

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