What Happens To Persons Who Never Hear The Name Of Jesus Christ? Ephesians 1:4-6 -- By: Nelson Price

Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 06:2 (Fall 2009)
Article: What Happens To Persons Who Never Hear The Name Of Jesus Christ? Ephesians 1:4-6
Author: Nelson Price


What Happens To Persons Who Never Hear The Name Of Jesus Christ?
Ephesians 1:4-6

Nelson Price

Dr. Nelson Price served as pastor of Oak Park Baptist Church in New Orleans, but is most associated with his long pastorate at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, GA. He played a key role in the creation of the Nelson Price Drug Rehabilitation Center in association with the Georgia Baptist Convention, as well as the Nelson Price Center for Urban Missions and the Nelson Price Chair of Leadership at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jesus Christ is living proof that God loves you and the whole world. Jesus, Himself said, “God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son.” God is depicted as taking the initiative in the act of redemption. Man is represented as “receiving” the act of God.

The motivating force behind the work of the Father on our behalf is love. It was the eternal love of God that drew salvation’s plan; and His beloved Son that brought it down to man. The text says, “He has chosen us . . . predestined us . . . made us acceptable in the Beloved.”

“He has chosen us.” “Chosen” translated the Greek word exelexato, meaning “picked out for Himself,” it can be translated “elected.” A choice is an expression of the will. The act of election is likewise an act of the will. The doctrine of election speaks of God’s expressed will. God made His choice “before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4) “according to the council of His will” (Eph 1:11).

“Foundation” translated the Greek word kataboles, meaning the departing of the world. Literally, “the flinging or casting down” of the world. The word for “world” is kosmos. It is said that God chose us before we came into the world because if He had waited He wouldn’t have wanted us. However, God loved us and had his heart set upon us long before there was a world or a universe. There has never been a time when we were not His choice. There has never been a time when we were not elected.

Before the dawn of creation the Tri-unity counseled together and made a decision. Before the foundation was laid for the Alps and Andes, before the North Star was placed in its orb, before the first flower bloomed in Eden, before the first lamb walked in the garden it was determined Jesus Christ was to be “the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world.”

Election is not coercive, we may freely respond; but if God had not chosen us, we could not have chosen Him. He did not choose us because of our good, but so he through

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