SALVATION IS A DIVINE WORK OF GOD APART FROM THE COOPERATION OF MAN

 

Salvation is a divine work of God. Man does not cooperate with God in his own salvation. God alone determines who shall be saved, and God alone accomplishes the work of salvation.

Salvation is of the Lord. The will to come to Christ is the outcome of God’s unconditional, free and Sovereign election.

God determines Sovereignly who shall be saved, and who shall not be saved. Salvation is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy and according to His Sovereign good pleasure, God is merciful to whom He will be merciful, and whom He will He hardeneth.

Gods Sovereignty is not limited by the will of man. God performs his will and does not need to depend on man. Yes, indeed he uses vessels meet for his use refined in the fire but these vessels are also a divine work of God. Prepared for glory.

Only through the Sovereign, irresistible grace of God in Christ, that draws the sinner does he give eyes to see and ears to hear, and a heart to desire after Him. So that no flesh will ever glory in His presence!

We have nothing to boast in…no works of any kind. Just to be blessed by God’s mercy to the undeserving sinner. That is why it is called AMAZING GRACE !

John 6:44

 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.

John 6:65

  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father

The term “whosoever” has been interpreted by some to mean that a person can accept Christ simply if they so chooseto do so and just say a sinner’s prayer and they are saved.  However, the word “whosoever” is the Greek word “pas” which is used about 1,200 times in the New Testament.

The term simply translated means “each, all, everyone, every.” There is absolutely no implication in the word “pas” of “anytime, anywhere, or choice.” This word does not endorse any idea of a person having a free will to make a choice for his salvation.

There is no sinner that is willing to come to Jesus without the power of the holy Spirit enabling him. Only those that God calls are able to come to God. Man’s nature is sinful and in enmity with God according to scripture. He does not seek after God for God is not in his thoughts. He by nature hates  the gospel and cannot will to come to the truth. Only God can set the captives free from Satan’s dominion.

Salvation is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy, Rom. 9:16

The will to come to Jesus is the fruit of the drawing of the Father. And the number of the “whosoever will” is therefore limited to those whom it pleases the Father to give to Christ, to give them a new heart, and to call them out of darkness into His marvelous light. And preceding this drawing of the Father, there is no saving activity on the part of the sinner whatsoever.

Grace is granted to a man by faith and this faith comes by hearing and being given ears to hear from God’s word and therefore even faith is a divine attribute.

Luke 24:45

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Romans 10

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Biblical repentance, in relation to salvation, is changing your mind from rejection of Christ, to faith in Christ. Repentance is not a work we do to earn salvation. No one can repent and come to God unless God draws that person to Him. Repentance is a gift granted by God to the sinner.

Romans 2:4

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

 2 Timothy 2:25

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Acts 5:31

Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins

The sinner is dead in trespasses and sins. (Eph.2:1) “The thoughts and intents of his heart are only evil continually.” (Gen.6:5) He is the slave of sin (John 8:34), the servant of the devil, (Eph.2:2).

The only way a person can desire the things of the Lord is if God opens their spiritual understanding. A dead man cannot raise himself from  the dead nor do anything except remain dead. When God resurrects us with our resurrected spirits, we then will have a desire for the things of the Lord since we are called to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.

Romans 8:9

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

The Bible does not teach synergism which is the belief that salvation is a cooperative effort between God and man,but rather that salvation is an act of God. Salvation is not found in ones own self. Man has no ability whatsoever to save himself. unregenerate man is dead in his sins, blind to the gospel, in enmity(having a deep hatred) with God, not subject to God’s will and never can be. Without God’s sovereign grace through faith in Christ given to him by the Father, man would die in his sins and be eternally lost.

Ephesians 2:8-9

 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God,  not by works, so that no one can boast.

John 6:37

All that the Father giveth me shall come unto me; and he that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

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Author: Kim Balogh

I am a minister (servant) of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Grace ministries • Evangelism • Teaching • Children’s ministry • Apologetics • End times I have a BA in History and Anthropology/Sociology combo Paralegal Diploma (specialty Research, Writing, Critical thinking & argument & Instruction) Paralegal Instructor-taught paralegal for 1 year Diploma in Physical Education ( Fitness, nutrition, coaching, ) Faith based Social Work (almost completed degree) Certificate in Personal Ministry (Intercession, deliverance) 1 year (independant) bible college (concentration area, intercession, deliverance,) Ministry Experience : Evangelism ministry 20 years (preaching, intercession,deliverance, apologetics ) Ministering and serving low income families,single mothers, marginalized. Child Evangelism in different communities. Ministering Evangelism through music (vocals and guitar) Administration; started church support groups, started various different outreaches over the years, Internet ministry. My ministry gifts are Prophetic Evangelism and Teaching (apologetics and end times revelation in particular). My motivational gifts are Intercession, prophecy, administration. I am a bond servant of Jesus Christ and am called by him to preach the gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ apart from the deeds of the law. My Statement of Faith I believe that Jesus is God's son and is himself God, the third person of the Godhead, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) I believe the bible says YOU MUST be born again by the Holy Spirit to enter into the kingdom of God. I believe Jesus died for the sins of all that have been called out of darkness into his glorious light. Heaven is for the redeemed and hell is for reprobates. The death of Jesus Christ is the substitutionary atonement. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Jesus sent the holy Spirit to comfort, teach, build up, edify, consecrate, and seal God’s people until his return. Jesus will return to the earth to rule and reign for 1000 years on the earth. I believe we are in the end times and anti christ will soon be revealed. I also believe that we are living in the last days of the great apostasy and falling away from the truth of God's word but God has a remnant,( his elect, chosen before the foundation of the world,) that have not bowed the knee to Baal. These sheep will soon face great persecution that God will allow to take place before the return of Christ. This persecution which will be worldwide will be what separates the true Christian from the false apostate. Those who love not their lives to the end will be shown to be the true church of Jesus Christ but the compromisers of the integrity of God’s word, who choose the spirit of error, worldly doctrines of men, the works of the flesh and the works of the law will be shown to be apostates like Judas and will die in their sins. No one can come to Jesus unless the Father gives him the ability to do so. No one will seek after Jesus unless he is drawn by the Father according to scripture but all whom God calls by his Holy Spirit will come to Jesus and be saved from their sins and be given eternal life for he who has promised is faithful to perfom his promise. The Lord is calling his church to come out of Babylon : Come out of false new age teaching, Come out of legalistic adherance to OT laws to save you, Come out of false signs and wonders that have no scriptural basis, Come out of witchcraft and the doctrines of demons, Come out of humanism and the promotion of man by self help principles and RETURN TO THE PURE UNADULTERATED WORD OF GOD ! “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. Revelation 18:4 Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. My ministry gifts are Evangelism and Teaching My motivational gifts are Intercession, prophecy, administration. If you would like to join some of my FACEBOOK pages and groups here are the links. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christian-Apostacy-and-the-One-World-Religion-Last-days-false-church/155312074516011 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spiritual-Warfare-and-Intercessory-Prayer/420608491355232 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christians-Growing-in-Grace/176425872403539 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eternity-Time-without-end-Where-will-you-spend-eternity/173770605984810 http://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-GOSPEL-OF-GRACE-MINISTRIES/206256094640 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Humanism-and-Atheism-vs-Biblical-Fundamental-Christianity-PAGE/232041916818313 http://www.facebook.com/groups/116453808366860?ap=1 http://www.facebook.com/groups/kimbalogh?ap=1 http://www.facebook.com/groups/43663287699?ap=1 http://www.facebook.com/groups/192486972999?ap=1 http://www.facebook.com/groups/60064614668?ap=1 Favorite Quotation Ephesians 2:8-9 (King James Version) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

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