Will All The Elect Hear The Preached Gospel?

Category: Radio Broadcasts - Words of Grace
Created on 28 September 2015

Here are a couple of facts:

The Bible teaches election (God's choosing of a people) in Ephesians 1:4. The Bible also teaches Spirit-only regeneration (the new birth is all of God) in John 3:8. That brings up an interesting question to consider: Since God elected to save some and the Spirit works alone in the new birth, will every chosen person hear the gospel? Are there saved people who never hear the preached word?

Most people would strongly insist that everyone in Heaven heard the gospel, but we beg you to consider the case of deceased infants. Did they hear? How about mentally handicapped? Did they hear?? One may retort, "well, those are exceptions." But, scripture gives no exceptions in the new birth. As Jesus said, "so is everyone that is born of the Spirit." Eternal deliverance is a result of election, redemption, and regeneration (Romans 8:29-30), and is identical in application with everyone to whom it applies. 

In Revelation 5:9 and 7:9, John saw a diverse people saved by Christ out of every nation and even every kindred (family). Yet a sizable portion of the human race has never heard a preacher, much less someone from every family. Further, Christianity in a generic sense has been a very Caucasian religion. This has led Historic Baptists and Primitive Baptists of today to the comforting - and Christ Glorifying - understanding that there are people in Heaven not privilege with gospel preaching or the local church, but are saved by Christ nonetheless because "the Lord knoweth them that are His." 

Radio program for September 27, 2015.

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