LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Coming to Christ - Spurgeon pt.4

I. First, it lies in the obstinacy of the human will. "Oh!" saith the Arminian, "men may be saved if they will." We reply, "My dear sir, we all believe that; but it is just the if they will that is the difficulty. We assert that no man will come to Christ unless he be drawn; nay, we do not assert it, but Christ himself declares it—"Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life;' and as long as that "ye will not come' stands on record in Holy Scripture, we shall not be brought to believe in any doctrine of the freedom of the human will." It is strange how people, when talking about free-will, talk of things which they do not at all understand. "Now," says one, "I believe men can be saved if they will." My dear sir, that is not the question at all. The question is, are men ever found naturally willing to submit to the humbling terms of the gospel of Christ? We declare, upon Scriptural authority, that the human will is so desperately set on mischief, so depraved, and so inclined to everything that is evil, and so disinclined to everything that is good, that without the powerful. supernatural, irresistible influence of the Holy Spirit, no human will ever be constrained towards Christ. You reply, that men sometimes are willing, without the help of the Holy Spirit. I answer—Did you ever meet with any person who was? Scores and hundreds, nay, thousands of Christians have I conversed with, of different opinions, young and old, but it has never been my lot to meet with one who could affirm that he came to Christ of himself, without being drawn. The universal confession of all true believers is this—"I know that unless Jesus Christ had sought me when a stranger wandering from the fold of God, I would to this very hour have been wandering far from him, at a distance from him, and loving that distance well." With common consent, all believers affirm the truth, that men will not come to Christ till the Father who hath sent Christ doth draw them.

5 Comments:

Blogger forgiven said...

Hi Pal

Here where we are differnt...

God chose the believer before the foundation of the world

Ephesians 1:4-6, and based on His foreknowledge,

Romans 8:29-30
has predestined the believer to be conformed to the image of His Son

God offers salvation to all who will call on His name.

Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

However, the Bible also teaches that an invitation is given to all, but that only a few will accept it.

"For many are called, but few are chosen (elected)."

God clearly does choose, but man must also accept God's invitation to salvation.

This is where we go around and around

The Brother that love you

Doug

July 25, 2006 12:27 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

We may differ on calvinism, but we are still brothers, and close at that.

July 25, 2006 12:48 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Mr. Bluecollar and Doug,
I think it is great that you two brothers are close and each have a blog. I believe you attend the same church. God bless you both.

Jazzycat

July 25, 2006 9:45 PM

 
Blogger Jon Cox said...

You have one AWESOME & Inspirational blog! Very well done! I wish you the very BEST! :o)

July 26, 2006 12:00 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Jazzycat:Doug attends Calvary Chapel, and I attend a reformed church. We work with one another.

John Cox: Thanks for the visit.

July 26, 2006 6:39 AM

 

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