DEAR BROTHER BEEBE: –Will you please answer a question that I wish to ask you? Was the poor, Adamic sinner chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world? It is for the truth’s sake that I ask your views on this point. If you should see fit to answer me though the SIGNS, you will oblige a poor sinner saved by grace, if saved at all. As ever, your unworthy brother,
December 21, 1879.
REPLY. – We are informed that the saints at Ephesus and the faithful in Christ Jesus, which we understand to include all the elect people of God, were chosen (or elected) in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world. –Eph. i. 4. This election embraced all the children of God as they existed in Christ before the foundation of the world, and consequently before they were developed in Adam, or as the members of his race. We do not understand that either Adam or any of his race had an earthy existence in flesh and blood until after the foundation of the world. Yet those who were chosen in Christ Jesus before the creation or formation of Adam, were predestinated to a participation in the earthly nature of the earthly Adam; for we are told that “the children being partakers of flesh and blood,” from which it appears to us that their partaking of flesh and blood is not what constitutes them children of God, for their vital relation to God is in Christ, and their alienation from God is in Adam, or in their earthly nature, which they derive from Adam. Yet the same persons which were chosen in Christ are partakers of flesh and blood, and as such were predestinated to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. Hence we understand, if indeed we have any correct understanding of the subject, that the choice or election of grace was among the “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” which were given us in him before the foundation of the world; and that this choice secures in the election of grace as many poor, Adamic sinners as were before ordained unto eternal life, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Elder Gilbert Beebe –Editorial
Middletown, N. Y., February 1, 1880
Signs of the Times
Volume 48, No. 3
February 1, 1880