Posted On March 7, 2016

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 63

by | Mar 7, 2016 | Biblical Worldview, Apologetics, Contending

In Proposition 63, George Peters states:

“The present elect, to whom the Kingdom will be given, is the continuation of the previous election, chiefly in another engrafted people.”

If there is any question as to whom the present elect are, it consists of all believers post-cross, those grafted into the promises made by God to His people. Peters has made this statement before in his observations on previous propositions. This is a continuation of promises and election, not a replacement of one group over another. The promises have been extended to all men in concert with God’s covenant with Abraham. The elect are those who accept the offer presented by God. Again, there is no replacement taking place. Such a notion is unsupportable from Scripture.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 63 is the following:

“Both elect are the seed, the children of Abraham; both sides of branches are on the same stock, on the same root, on the same olive tree; both constitute the same Israel of God, the members of the same body, fellow-citizens of the same commonwealth; both are “Jews inwardly” (Rom. 2:29), and of the true “circumcisions” (Phil. 3:3), forming the same “peculiar people,” “holy nation,” and “royal priesthood”; both are interested in the same promises, covenants, and kingdom; both inherit and realize the same blessings at the same time. From these and other considerations, involving identity, we find this election a continuous one, by which the faithfulness of God shall be exhibited to the Patriarchs, to their obedient descendants, and to the engrafted believers taken from other nations.”

This is an important observation made by Peters that reiterates and further substantiates his proposition. Imagine if the people of God better understood the manner of their election and the family ties it represents. The tendency is to view our election as a separate construct, an entirely new and separate people of God from our forefathers in the faith. As Peters notes, this is a ridiculous notion. We are of the commonwealth of Israel, meaning we are the people of God, the called because of the fact we have been grafted into the promises and the root of Israel. We cannot separate ourselves from those roots. When we attempt to rid ourselves of those roots, inevitably the tree will begin to fall. The branches (the present elect) are connected to the root from which is supplied the promises, covenants, and kingdoms. Understanding this is vital to understanding the nature of election and who we are as the ekkelesia (called out ones).

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