Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Will

"Here is an excerpt from a message that was preached by Mike O'Brien a couple of weeks ago at church. Read it and write your thoughts"

The Will

John 1:13; Rom. 9:16; James 1:18 = always God’s

The Bible has three verses which speak about a “will” involved with salvation.

John 1:13 “who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Most of us are familiar with v. 12, but forget about this verse. This verse makes it clear that man is not saved based on his geneology—“blood,” nor based on works—“flesh,” nor of his will—“will of man,” but man is saved because of God!

Romans 9:16 “So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.”

Again this verse makes it clear that man cannot be saved based on his will—“him who wills,” nor based on works—“him who runs,” but based on God’s mercy alone.

James 1:18 “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”

This verse says quite clearly that we are saved because of God’s will. In fact the words “Of His own will” are placed at the beginning of the sentence by James to stress that fact that it was of God’s will.

(Now it is clear that many other verses in the Bible seem to imply that man’s will is involved. But implying and explicitly saying are two different things. Also, remember man’s will is active, but it is active because God, by His own will, makes the sinners’ will desire salvation.)


At 10:30 AM, September 14, 2006, Blogger Richard D said...

I know most of you weren't born yet when I was in college, but I thought I'd crash the party and make a comment.

We all love autonomy—we love to feel like we're in control and in charge—even though casual observation of the world around us shows that we don't do a very good job of being in control of ourselves, our possessions, or others. But we still like to convince ourselves that we're in control because it eliminates the thought that we are subservient to Almighty God.

God's complete control of the entire process of salvation leaves it in his capable hands, not our frail and feeble hands. But that does not mean that we don't contribute anything to the salvation process. We contribute our sin ... and by sinning and rebelling against God we have made that salvation necessary.


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