Jesus the Son of God

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According to the Bible, there is only one true God, only one Creator of all things. There is only one way and one message in order to be saved from sin, death and hell. If your god does not line up with the written testimony of the God of the Bible then you are trusting in a false god and a false message.

The Bible says that God is sovereign over all things, even the devil.

I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Isaiah 45: 5-6

God the Father sent His Son Jesus the Christ or anointed one into the world with a specific purpose. Jesus means in the Hebrew Jeshua which is a shortened form of Jehoshua, which means Jehovah is salvation.

Jesus Christ is God (the second person of the Godhead.)

 they shall call his name EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.  JOHN 8:24
The Bible says, Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made  John 1:3

You must believe in the deity of Jesus Christ in order to be saved.

if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.  MATTHEW 1:23

Jesus took on flesh and became a sacrifice in order to satisfy the law’s demands for sin.

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Saviour. Isaiah 43:11

To the only wise God our Saviour… Jude 1:12
God our Saviour. Titus 2:10

“…the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”  1 John 4:14

 Only Jesus Christ can save you and give you eternal life! No other god!  

Neither is there salvation in any other (than Jesus): for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

God is the first and the last. I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he. Isaiah 41:4

Jesus is the first and the last. Fear not; I am the first and the last: Revelation 1:17

God forgives sins. The Lord…forgiveth all thine iniquitie  Psalm 103:2-3 Who can forgive sins but God only? Mark 2:7

Jesus forgives sins Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. Mark 2:5

God is our redeemer. Thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer.. Isaiah 63:16

Jesus redeemed us. The great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ…gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity.. Titus 2:13-14

God is one. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD. Deuteronomy 6:4

Jesus and God are one. I and my Father are one. John 10:30

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…All things were made by him…He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us John 1:1, 3, 10, 14

Jesus saith…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? John 14:9

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 John 5:7

God has a Son.

The LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Psalms 2:7
Jesus is God’s Son.

Jesus said also that God was his Father… John 5:18

Only God is worshipped. … Then saith Jesus unto him… Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10

Jesus is worshipped. While [Jesus] spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him… Matthew 9:18
And again, when [God] bringeth in the firstbegotten [Jesus] into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews 1:6
And Thomas answered and said unto [Jesus], My Lord and my God. John 20:28

God is Messiah. unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder…and his name shall be called… The mighty God, The everlasting Father… Isaiah 9:6

Jesus is Messiah. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. John 4:25-26

God is from everlasting. The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. Psalms 93:1-2

Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) is from everlasting. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah…out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2

Only God is glorified. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another… Isaiah 42:8

God glorified Jesus. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. John 17:5
All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. John 5:23
But unto the Son he [God] saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:8

God is I am
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14

Jesus is I am
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58

God heals all diseases. Bless the LORD…who healeth all thy diseases. Psalms 103:2

Jesus heals all diseases. (Jesus) he healed all that were sick. Matthew 8:16

God is the Judge of the whole earth. O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud. Psalms 94:1-2
Jesus is the Judge of the whole earth.
The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: John 5:22
God has life in Himself.

The Father hath life in himself John 5:26

Jesus has life in Himself. so hath [God] given to the Son to have life in himself; In [Jesus] was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:4
God raises the dead. The Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; John 5:21
Jesus raises the dead. The Son quickeneth whom he will. John 5:21

Jesus Christ is God

The scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ is God.   If you don’t believe that then you are not saved.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD was manifest in the FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, BELIEVED ON in the world, RECEIVED UP into glory.1 Timothy 3:16

But unto the SON he saith, ‘Thy throne, O GOD, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom’… Thou, LORD, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands. Hebrews 1:8, 10

I and my Father are ONE. Jesus Christ, John 10:30

CHRIST JESUS…being in the FORM OF GOD, thought it not robbery to be EQUAL WITH GOD: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the FATHER, THE WORD, AND THE HOLY GHOST: and THESE THREE ARE ONE.1 John 5:7

And Thomas answered and said unto him [JESUS], My Lord and MY GOD.John 20:28

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, AND DWELT AMONG US, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John 1:1-4, 14

Philip saith unto him, ‘Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.’ Jesus saith unto him, ‘Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me Philip? HE THAT HATH SEEN ME HATH SEEN THE FATHER; and how sayest thou then, ‘Shew us the Father?John 14:8-9

CHRIST, who is the IMAGE OF GOD…II Corinthians 4:4

glory of GOD in the FACE OF JESUS CHRIST. II Corinthians 4:6

GOD…hath in these last days spoken unto us by his SON…who being the brightness of his glory, and the EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON Hebrews 1:1-3

For in [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  Colossians 2:9

God is the Creator

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. John 1:3

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Colossians 1:17

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8

Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:18

You must believe that Jesus is God as the Bible tells us and trust him to save you instead of the law.  

For by GRACE ( God’s undeserved, unmerited, favour and mercy) are ye saved through Faith; (trust in reliance on) and that NOT OF YOURSELVES : (no by your own ability) it is the GIFT ( free bestowal ) of God: Not of works, (no good deeds or good behavior) lest any man should boast. (no bragging about how deserving you are) Ephesians 2:8-9

If by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it [the election to salvation by God] be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work Romans 11:6

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE the world began. II Timothy 1:9.

What happens if I reject Jesus of the Bible and choose my own version of god?

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?  Hebrews 2:3

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:41-42,

Them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. 2 Thessalonians 1:8b

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

THE LAW CANNOT SAVE YOU! Jesus Christ superseded the law.  

Galatians 3: 19-25

Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.  Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 

 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (THE LAW!!!)

Those who belong to Jesus Christ are now heirs of salvation.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Galatians 3:26-29

 

The Fear of the Lord

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The emotion fear can have both positive and negative connotations. Let me explain; Fear is a natural response to danger. You know what would happen if you put your hand on a burning stove element and just the thought of it sends a sensation of fear through your whole body.

Sports athletes experience fear when they are competing and explorers, scientists, all fear when they venture out into the unknown. Fear, understood properly,can actually have healthy benefits. The word fear actually means, an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. (web. Dic)

Fear is a God given emotion and just so you know, not all fear is from the devil. The emphasis should be not on fear itself but on what you fear. If you fear the devil or his antics, then your fear is misplaced. However, if you fear God then your fear is a very healthy and wise fear. Scriptures tell us that God’s saints are to fear him with trembling, astonishment and awe. This is not a tormenting fear like the devil puts on you but a holy fear. If you do not fear God, you need to check out what god you believe in because it certainly is not the God of the Bible.

Why are we to fear God? Because he has the power to send to hell, to destroy, to kill, and he disciplines for sin. The Hebrew word for fear is ra`ad and it means “to be in dread” which in English means to anticipate with great apprehension or to fear.

And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.’ Job 28:28

Fear came upon me, and trembling which made all my bones to shake. Job 4:14

Oh fear the Lord, ye saints, for there is no want to them that fear him. Psalm 34:9

The Greek word for fear is Phobos-the same root word for phobia, means to Dred, have foreboding, trepidation.

For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 2 Corinthians 7:11

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12, 13

The type of fear that God does not want you to have is the fear of cowardice. In Greek this type of fear is called Delia. This means to lack bravery or to have an excessive fear of danger or pain. This type of fear causes such anxiety that it makes an unstable or unbalanced individual. Extreme fear can immobilize and cause sickness in both the body and mind.

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Hebrews 2:15

The problem with teaching that all fear is of the devil, is that it also removes the healthy fear which we are to have, the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord causes dread, astonishment, reverence, awe, respect and worship. Without the fear of the Lord, people become foolish. They do not take God seriously and therefore they flaunt their sin before him. This godless mentality will result in eternal punishment and that is something a wise person will fear!

“There is no fear of God before [their] eyes” (Psalm 36:1; Romans 3:18).

“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.” Prov. 23:17-18

The benefits of fearing the Lord are long life, safety, security, provision, and salvation. This healthy fear comes from being established in God’s word and brings a faith that is real and lasting!

The fear of the LORD leads to life Proverbs 19:23

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe Proverbs 29:25

Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You” Psalm 119:37-38

Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him Psalm 33:8

 

 

 

Salvation is of the Lord!

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Salvation is of the Lord. That means it originates from God, is executed by God and determined by God. This Biblical teaching is very hard for some to except because they much prefer to hear that they had played some part in the salvation of their soul, but from a scriptural perspective, this simply is not true.

I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these. Isaiah 45:5-7

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Isaiah 46:10

The will to come to Jesus Christ is the outcome of God’s unconditional, free and sovereign election. The Bible tells us that, “Salvation is not of him that willith , nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Romans 9:16

According to God’s sovereign good pleasure, God is merciful to whom He will be merciful, and whom He will He hardeneth, (allows the heart to stay hard to the gospel.)

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.

 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. John 6:65

It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. NIV

So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. ESV

Therefore, God’s choice does not depend on a person’s will or effort, but on God himself, who shows mercy. ISV

Some Christians reject this part of the Bible but the NT does not in any way say one can choose their salvation. God’s sovereignty is not limited by the will of man. In other words the will of man does not determine the salvation of one’s soul.  Paul is a classic example of this as is all the Old Testament prophets. They all were chose by God.

But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace. Galatians 1:5

As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? Acts 22:6, 7

The Disciples were chosen, handpicked by Jesus.

“Ye [the disciples] have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, John 15:16

Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Mathew 4:19

The word of the Lord came to me, saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:4, 5

Israel was elected to be a chose people unto the Lord but did you know that the Bible also says that God has chosen for himself a people from among the Gentiles as well?

But now listen, Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. This is what the Lord says he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you:Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. Isaiah 44:1-4

  And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord; and as many as were ordained (elected, chosen) to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48

Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. Acts 15:14

It is only through the sovereign, grace of God in Jesus Christ that draws the sinner to himself.

At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. Matthew 11: 25,26

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the Scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Romans 9:13-18

The unsaved are BLINDED to the gospel and are not able to see without the power of the Holy Spirit. God is the one who gives eyes to see and ears to hear, and a heart to desire after Him.

But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: that the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. John 12:37-40
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Romans 11:7

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him. John 6:44

Why does God chose those he desires to be saved? The Bible specifically says…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!

  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:4-10

 

Afflictions of the Righteous

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Even though the devil is responsible for tempting, attacks by people and other adverse circumstance, we must not only look at what the devil is trying to do but what God is trying to say to us through the adversity. While Satan may hinder he can never stop the will of God. Our trials may have godly reasons and not only evil intents of the enemy.

Take Job for example, the Lord gave the devil permission to attack him. As I have written about in a prior blog, Job had the sin of self righteousness, he thought that he was a pretty good guy until the Lord showed him through his trials that he wasn’t all that godly.

This still happens today. Satan is still accusing us before God’s throne. What is God trying to show us about the sin in our life through the trial? What unrighteousness do we need to recognize and repent of? Paul tells us that ALL THINGS are working together for our good and this includes our trials and tribulations.

Are we being persecuted? Do we really love our enemy or do we retaliate when offended? Are we being evil spoken of? Do we care so much about our reputations or are we serving Jesus and willing to suffer persecution as he suffered persecution? Are we experiencing financial lack? Do we love the things of the world more that God? Are we willing to live on less for his sake sometimes? How about our pretentious faith when the going gets tough? Do we try to fake it or just let go and let God?

The Lord speaks to us through the afflictions that he allows to happen in our life. Satan can do nothing unless God allows it. He has no power above that. The Bible says that God works all things out for our good, for a divine purpose, and not just to come to our rescue every time we have a battle. The lessons of life are meant to teach us and train us to be godly. What is God trying to teach you through your trial right now?

And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel” 1chronicles 21:1

And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.” Job 1:12

Satan falsely accuses Job (Job 1:9,10;2:4,5)

AFFLICTIONS AND ADVERSITIES » FROM SATAN (Job 1;; 2 Corinthians 12:7)

BLASPHEMY » INSTANCES OF » Two disciples, Hymenaeus and Alexander, who Beguiled by Satan (Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 11:3;

1 Timothy 2:14)were delivered to Satan, so that they could learn not to blaspheme (2 Timothy 1:20)

That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. “ 1 Thessalonians 3:3

Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;” 2 Timothy 1:8

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. “ 2 Timothy 4:5

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.” James 5:10

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28.29

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19

Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of [them] all the Lord delivered me.” 2 Timothy 3:11

Be patient in affliction the Bible says for God is doing a work in our hearts!

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SOVEREIGN Grace or Prevenient Grace ?

gracetumblr_msx8tgyhr81rewybao1_1280The Arminian doctrine of “Prevenient Grace,” Taught by some Christian denominations is defined by John Wesley as “Human beings are totally incapable of responding to God without God first empowering them to have faith. This empowerment is known as “Prevenient Grace.”

Prevenient Grace doesn’t save us but, rather, comes before anything that we do, drawing us to God, making us WANT to come to God, and enabling us to have faith in God. Prevenient Grace is Universal, in as much as all humans receive it, regardless of their having heard of Jesus. It is manifested in the deep-seated desire of most humans to know God.

What is the difference between that and the scriptural doctrine of SOVEREIGN grace? I will show you. This doctrine is not an effectual grace. In other words it is a grace that is presented to a person but not bestowed as a free gift to the person. That type of grace is dependent on man’s choice or man’s initiative; therefore I make my argument that it is not the same grace as the bible teaches.

According to scriptures a person makes a decision based on the condition of his heart.

“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” Matthew 7:18

If as the bible says, man’s heart is desperately wicked, has no good, (Jeremiah 17:9) how then can he choose anything good? How can a desperately sinful heart desire after God ?

Scriptures tell us that the sinful heart cannot submit to God’s laws, not “will not submit” but rather CANNOT submit.

“Sin is still hostile to God and cannot submit to His law” Rom. 8:7

It is only after the heart is filled with faith which comes from hearing God’s word can a person receive Jesus Christ. The blind man cannot see unless his eyes are opened and scriptures tell us that “the god of this world has blinded people’s eyes (their understanding)

“ In whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of them who believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

Scripture tell us why some people do not believe the gospel. “You do not believe because you are not my sheep” John 10

“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” John 8:47

The bible tells us that it is the condition of one’s heart which is the determining factor in receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. When one is given a new heart then he/she can receive the things of God but not until then. “And I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give to you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do them ” Ezek. 36:26-27

The regenerated person becomes then a NEW CREATION.

So that if anyone [is] in Christ, [he] is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new 2Co. 5:17

The old things, include the old heart, and this is removed by God. The Holy Spirit makes a person anew! (born again)

The doctrine of “prevenient grace” would make a person partly regenerate but man’s will (or nature) does the rest or completes it. This doctrine is not scriptural.

What do scriptures really teach? Scriptures teach that Man’s heart is totally depraved (corrupt) and cannot come to God by choice because of the fallen nature which is in opposition to God and all that is God. Man is blind in his dark heart (understanding and nature) and therefore a man must be given a new heart by God because he cannot save himself nor does he want to be saved.

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were BY NATURE children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” Ephesians 2:1-3

The bible clearly teaches that the Father has set apart certain persons for Himself while excluding others who were not “given” to Him.

John 17: 9 , “I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.”

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:48

“But ye believe not, BECAUSE ye are not of My sheep” John 10:26

“Therefore THEY COULD NOT BELIEVE because He hath blinded their eyes and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted…” See John 12:37-40

“According as HE HATH CHOSEN us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” Ephesians 1:4-5

“But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning CHOSEN you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

In a coming day the Lord Jesus Christ will say to many false professors of the true faith: “I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23

“I am the good shepherd, and KNOW My sheep, and am KNOWN of mine. As the Father KNOWETH Me, even so KNOW I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep…My sheep hear My voice, and I KNOW them, and they follow Me.” John 10:14, 15, 27

In conclusion, the doctrine of sovereign grace is scriptural grace while the Arminian doctrine of prevenient grace is unscriptural. Therefore I make my argument than man cannot come to Jesus Christ without the ability of God and so it is according to God’s good pleasure whom he saves. Our job is to preach the gospel and according to the bible, it is God’s job to give the increase of the harvest. SOLA SCRIPTURA!

Volition and Free Will are Different

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Volition and free will are different. You can make choices within your slavery (WHETHER SLAVES TO SIN OR SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS) that you will be accountable for making; whether in sin as to how you sin and within grace as to how you heed the Lord in specifics but you are not free to determine your own fate!

You are either saved and have eternal life and are being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, being a slave to righteousness or you are a slave to sin as an unsaved person, not of your own will but because you have a sin nature. You sin because you are a sinner but you choose the kind of sins you desire to walk in. So then ,where is your free will that allows you to do anything that you want outside of God’s soveriegn will? You have none!

Saving faith is a gift! In Heb 11:1 we read a Biblical definition of faith: “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. This verse tells us that faith is a conviction that we have regarding something that allows us to be able to act on it as if it were assured of happening. But where does such assurance come from? the Bible says that faith comes from God. Heb 12:2 says “Jesus, is the author and finnisher of faith”.

Faith originates with God and is completed with God. Biblical faith for salvation does not originated from man but is an attribute of God. Head knowledge or belief is NOT saving faith! Saving faith is a gift of grace to as many as the lord our God shall call.

Rom 12:3 says ” … God has given to each man measure of faith.” These two verses clearly tell us that faith is not something that we do or a presence of mind that we develop, but that faith is a gift from God. Faith is GIVEN !

Rom 10:17 says ” … faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” So faith is a gift from God that we receive from the word of Christ (rhema) which in this dispensation we get from the Bible rather than from a burning bush. So in His time He will alot faith to us as needed from the word of the Bible.

In 2 Cor 10:15 we see that faith can grow, We can have more faith as we have more of God’s word in our heart so as we study the Bible God adds to our faith and we grow in the grace of God by the grace of God and not by our own ability!

Yes, we can make choices in how we respond to God but this, is volition which is the act of making a conscious choice or decision but it is not having a will outside of God’s divine will. Jesus said that we are not able to make one hair black nor one hair white. We are subject to laws of nature, laws of man, and spiritual laws. Therefore, based on the premise of limitation by divine will and circumstancial encumberance as well as the will of others we really have NO FREE WILL !

All that anyone can do is make choices or volition but even choices have limitation and are subject to externals. As scripture says only God can change the heart of man. Only God can change a person from the old man to the new man, from the dead in trespasses and sin person to the born again of the Holy Spirit person!

Do you get the difference? You cannot will to be a teacher if God has not called you nor can you will to be rich if God has not called you, nor can you will to be a saint if God has not called you. The bible says that God makes people willing to come to him! “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power” Psalms 110:3

People can only do what God allows and even the unsaved have limits. God allows the cup of iniquity to be full with some and he alone determines that measure. Many people teach that they can control God by prayers and confessions but this is not so! Jesus is Lord and no other.

Jesus himself prayed ” Not mine but thy will be done.”
That being said, even Jesus is in submission to the will of the Father.

The scripture does say that God has mercy on whom he will have mercy and who he wills he hardens. God raised up Pharaoh to show mercy to his elect by allowing Pharoh’s heart to stay hard. In this way he could demonstrate his power to his people. God can soften a heart and he can let one stay hard, according to his sovereign will.

If you are a slave to righteousness by being born again then you will be in submission to God. If Christ is really living in you then you are in the Spirit and abiding in Christ. Many claim to know the Lord when in fact they do not. If one lives like the devil then as the bible says, they belongs to the devil.

“A good tree cannot produce evil fruit and neither can a bad tree produce good fruit.” Matthew 7:18

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. ” 1 John 1:6

God’s will is that you produce fruit if you are a real Christian and that is why he said to check out the fruit. If there are no fruits of righteousness in a person’s life then they are probably not saved! Christians can sin as it says in the book of John but if any one is truly born of God then they will not live a habitual life of sin for God’s seed lives in them and they therefore cannot live a life style of sin.

“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” 1 John 3:6-10

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God. ” I Thess. 4:3-5

Saving faith is given as a gift from God. You cannot in anyway earn it or contrive it of your own ability. Man’s “faith” or human belief is limited and he is not able to comprehend the gospel because he is dead in sins and blinded by the god of this world.

The sin nature controled by Satan is the influence on the minds of men and expressed by the ideals, opinions, goals, hopes and views of unregenertated humanity. Satan’s influences also encompass the world’s philosophies, education, and commerce as well as the thoughts, ideas, speculations and false religions of the world.

“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19

“The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44

It is through the preaching of the word that God’s faith is released by God’s will and not of our works, that is our own ability. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ” Ephesians 2:8,9

Therefore, we cannot boast that it was our faith that saved us when Grace and Faith are both gifts from God.

God also grants repentance to the acknowledging of the truth the Bible tells us. We can of our own self do nothing as Jesus said. Born again Christians are called to preach the word of God and the Holy Spirit’s job is to convert the hearer to the gospel.

“Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” Acts 11:18

“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” Romans 2:4

“Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry,but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. ” 2Co 7:9,10

“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;” 2Ti 2:25

In Matthew Chapter 16 Peter had made his confession of faith in Christ and said, “ Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God .”

The Lord Christ answered him and said, “Simon, son of Jonah, flesh and blood hath not reveal this to you; but my Father in heaven.”

Also in John chapter 1 it plainly says that we receive Jesus Christ not by our will but by God’s will.“To as many as received him to them gave he power to become thwe sons of God, born no tof the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but by the will of God.” 1 John 3:6-10

The Lord builds his church, he alone adds the numbers.

“Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. “Acts 2:47

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” 1 Corinthians 3:6,7

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. “ Acts 13:48

Ordain- To order by virtue of superior authority; decree or enact. To prearrange unalterably, predestine

” For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” Romans 8:29,30

Predestinate

To destine or determine in advance, foreordain.

“‘For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” John 15:16

“For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.” Psalm 135:4

“But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” Acts 9:15,16

“But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.” Isaiah 41:8,9

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. ” 2 Peter 2:9

“And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” Acts 1:24,25

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thess. 2:11-14

” In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.” Haggi 2:23

“Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.” John 60-71

Chosen

Selected from or preferred above others: the chosen few. Having been selected by God; elect.

“And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other“.Matthew 24:31

“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;”Titus 1:1

“And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.” Isahiah 65:9

“Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.” 1 Peter 1:2

“For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect ” Mark 13:22 ( BUT IT IS NOT POSSIBE TO DECIEVE THE ELECT OF GOD PRAISE THE LORD…THOSE WHO BELIEVE FALSE DOCTRINE WILL EITHER COME TO THE KNOWLEGE OF THE TRUTH WHEN PRESENTED WITH IT IF GOD WILLS OR STAY DECIEVED AND GO INTO PERDITION)

“The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever” 2 John 1:1,2

Elect

To pick out; select: elect an art course. 3. To decide, especially by preference: elected to take the summer off. 4. To select by divine will for salvation. Used of God. Chosen deliberately; singled out. One that is chosen or selected. 5.One selected by divine will for salvation. 6. An exclusive group of people

In conclusion; Volition means the act of making a decision. This act comes from the flesh. When the part of the brain which makes choices is injured in people they are not able anymore to make rational choices.This is a scientific fact. The human brain cannot created faith. FAITH COMES BY HEARING GOD’S WORD AND HEARING GOD’S WORD (ABILITY TO HEAR) COMES FROM GOD. Faith is a gift from God given to God’s elect chosen in him from the foundation of the world.

Free will is nothing more than human philosophy which comes from the philosopher Aristotle in the classical Greek doctrine but is not a biblical doctrine. Free will was never taught by the reformers; not by John Wycliff ,Martin Luther, John Calvin, john Knox, the Puritians,George Whitefeild, John Bunyan, Charles Spurgeon,ect.

Free will is a last days false doctrine which undermines the faith of God and the blood of Jesus. It is a heresy opposed by the early church which has its roots in Pelagism and Arminianism which was condemned by the Synod of Dordrecht (Dort) in 1618-1619.

The Bible teaches that God is absolutely sovereign and all-powerful. “…the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will…. and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” (Dan. 4:32, 35).

The Bible also teaches total depravity, that is, that man, in every part of his nature (intellect, emotions and will) is dead in trespasses and sins and cannot give himself spiritual birth. Regeneration (the spiritual birth) is entirely the working of grace through faith and not from one’s own ability or will.

“And you hath he quickened,(made alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1). “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” John. 1:13

In conclusion, Free will is not a biblical concept, it is rather a humanist concept. We are Free in the Lord or slaves to sin. Either way there is no middle ground.

Righteousness is of Faith

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When Joshua asked the Israelites to choose if they would serve the Lord by obedience to his commands under the law(See Joshua 24) they responded by saying, “Yes, WE WILL serve the Lord.” But if you read this chapter further(and many take this scripture completely out of its context) you will find that Joshua said…”N0 YE CANNOT SERVE THE LORD!”

What Joshua said in fact was, because God is holy and just and punishes sin you will not be able to measure up.” Look at vrs. 19,20

The Israelites however, just ignored the facts and insisted that they could keep the law. But if you read the Bible in the continuation of the story of the Israelite’s history you will find that what Joshua said was true, they could not keep the law and in fact stumbled over and over again to the point of even being so stiff necked that they rejected the Messiah who came to bring the New Covenant of GRACE to them.

In Romans chapter 9 we find that the “children of the Promise” the Israelites, stumbled at the stumbling stone. What does this mean exactly? Well, if you go back to Joshua 24 you will find that Joshua said to the Israelites, “Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.”

Then the Israelites responded by saying in effect that WE WILL CHOOSE TO OBEY THE LAWS OF GOD. Now keep in mind that Joshua offered them the law to reveal their sin but he also said to them “offer your hearts to the Lord.”

If the heart is desperately wicked as the Bible says then the heart that is wicked is not able then to keep God’s law now is it? Scriptures say,”How can an Ethiopian change the color of his skin? How can you who are evil learn to do good”?

The heart which is desperately wicked can never choose to do good or to obey God’s commandments. Man’s heart must be made new in order to serve the Lord, and this comes by the born again experience and not by the will of the mind.

Putting away of our “gods” is the first step in coming to Christ. What are our gods? Anything that is self orientated, including our “I WILL CHOOSE TO OBEY THE LAW.”

This was the case of the Israelites who had a very self righteous attitude here and still continues to this day, preferring the law instead of GRACE.

“And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.”

Now, read on to find out what was the stumbling stone? Joshua 24:18-23

“And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. And Joshua wrote these words in the book of THE LAW OF GOD, and took A GREAT STONE, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold THIS STONE shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God. So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.”

According to the New Testament the stone which the builders (under the law) rejected, (those building their own way to heaven) became the chief corner stone of the spiritual building of God’s church made without hands (no man works) but made by GOD ALONE. (Romans 9: 27)

“This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.” Acts 4:11

“The stone which the builders rejected has become the head stone of the corner.” Psalm 118:22

So if we continue to try to be justified and made righteous by the law we are not under grace because the scriptures say that those under law stumble at the stone…JESUS CHRIST…preferring their own righteousness under the law.

You cannot “choose” to serve God for in doing so you have put your own righteousness in the equation. Can you see that now? Vessels of mercy always receive Jesus Christ because they have been “called by Grace into this hope”. Romans 5:2

Romans 9 says that RIGHTEOUSNESS IS OF FAITH unto all who believe (Jew or Gentile) and that the law is a stumbling stone in receiving Jesus Christ. The law shows us that we are sinners and so we are either going to respond by humbly saying,”Be merciful to me a sinner” or “I WILL CHOOSE to serve you God, under the law.”

“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified FREELY BY HIS GRACE through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:19-28

In conclusion, salvation is by faith, our righteous comes by faith, and those who come to Jesus are as many as the lord our God shall call. Receiving Jesus Christ is a supernatural act of grace and not by the choice of one’s will for when we will to serve God we put ourselves under the law. Those in Christ are born again by grace through faith, not of themselves, NOT OF THE WILL OF MAN, but the will of God. Ephesians 2:8 Sola Scriptura!