“[The Lord Jesus] “left Judea, and departed again into Galilee. And He must needs go through Samaria.” (John 4:4)
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no [O]ther [N]ame under [H]eaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
“For [Jacob and Esau] being not yet born, neither having done good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calls…” (Romans 9:11)
Beloved, the fundemental and foundational doctrine of divine election is fact. Election stands as God’s right to give life to whom He wills. Election is not based in or on works, as Romans 9:11 clearly states. Election is based in…
“*Him that calls” and “*whom He called, them He also justified, and whom He justified, them He also glorified.” “*Having predestinated [them] to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of [God’s] will, To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved.” “*He also did predestinate [us] to be conformed to the [I]mage of His Son, [so] that He might be the [F]irstborn among many brethren.” “*[And] as many as received [The Lord Jesus], to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” (Romans 9:11b.; Romans 8:30; Ephesians 1:4; Romans 8:29; John 1:12)
We can see from the above passages that Election is, in deed, the very foundation to our salvation and this is reason to walk humbly and to praise and thank God forever. The doctrine of election should cause us to live with a spirit of perpetual gratefulness and thankfulness. Thanks and praise should be our starting point in all things. Thanks and praise to God should always be somewhere in our mind and heart. The Christ-ian is a Thanksgiver and is a Praiser and Worshipper of the Godhead.
Our God is the God of the individual person. He is the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. He is God to His people and peoples, and He is God to the “certain man” and “certain woman” upon whom He has “chosen to salvation” and upon whom He has placed His eternal and unconditional love.
From our text above we read, “He must needs go through Samaria.” These words present us with a question. “He must needs?” This is a dilemma, readers, for the “He” in our text is God Incarnate and it intimates that God “must [do something]” and “needs.”
We must look to a syllogism for this to get straightened out:
For God to be God He must be Self sustaining / If God is Self sustaining, He “must need(s) for nothing / Therefore, God “must need(s)” nothing.
But Scripture clearly says, “He must needs go through Samaria.”
Our Great, Good and Almighty God has, of His own free will, deigned or condescended to our low estate and became our Surety. “What a Saviour is our LORD and God” Our God is the Elector and Keeper of the individual person….of His “Certain man and Certain woman”
Our Lord Jesus must needs go through Samaria because there was one of God’s certain women there. He went through Samaria so “that election might stand.” After meeting and disclosing His Person to God’s certain woman, she went and told others of her encounter with the God-promised Messiah and they came and met God Incarnate, too. He went through Samaria because He had certain persons to redeem.
From Acts 4:12, We see that “[W]e must be saved.” The We is the same as the Us in 2 Peter 3:9; “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us-ward, not willing that any of [us] should perish, but that all of [us] should come to repentance.” Further more, the We and the Us are the same as the Whom in our Electing Lord’s own words, “…the Son makes alive whom He wills.”
Another example or picture or type of God’s electing salvation is found in John 5:2-9; There was a pool in Jerusalem, that was a place of healing. The Scriptures state, “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.” The inspired narrative continues…”And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity (38) thirty and eight years.” The Great Physician, “saw him lie” there in his disease, his lameness, and his depravity.
Lord Jesus began a conversation with the impotent, certain man, who was one among, “a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.” As the conversation deepened, the Lord asked the certain man, ” Will you be made whole?” The certain man answered, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steps down before me. Jesus says to him, “Rise, take up thy bed and walk.” and the certain man immediately was “made whole, and took up his bed, and walked…” After our Lord made whole the certain man, He was verbally assaulted by the Jews for working His miraculous work on the Sabbath. After the Lord finished with His adversaries, ” [H]e went over the sea of Galilee…”
From the recorded event at the pool, we see our Lord bring healing to only one man; a certain man. The attentive reader may wonder why only one man was the focus of our Lord’s mercy and compassion. The healing of the certain man is a picture, a type, a reminder of our God’s elective and unconditional love, for He said, “I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
Beloved, This doctrine of Divine, Merciful, and Compassionate election is the doctrine that would, that should, and that could quicken and mature your faith into hope and your hope into abounding and abiding love toward your God.