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].

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Romans 3:10-11

Romans 3:10-11 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.

When a sinner seeks God and comes to place his faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, this person receives the free gift of eternal life. In Romans 3:10-11, Paul is stating unequivocally that no one seeks God. That means 0.0% of sinners seek God on their own. In Romans 8:8 Paul even says it is impossible for sinners to please God, which would certainly include seeking God. Jesus says it is impossible for sinners to seek God unless God has enabled them (John 6:65). Paul refers to this condition as being dead in sin (Eph. 2:1). He means that sinners are not just seriously ill, but they are dead to spiritual concerns such as seeking God in and of themselves.

Therefore, it is evident that man is unable to come to salvation unless God does something. He has a total inability in and of himself to seek or come to God unless God intervenes. The cat (Jazzy's sister Cuffy) in the above picture may appear to be reading the book, but she does not have the ability to do so. She may as well be blind as far as reading and understanding anything in the book. Sinners are also blind to the things of God because they are spiritually dead and must be quickened by the power of God to new life before they can respond in any way. This quickening power of God is called grace, and it is irresistible as John 6:37 points out. My last post on Feb. 12 was on John 6:37 where we took a close look at irresistible grace.

Conclusion: Nobody seeks God in and of themselves because they are dead in sin and unable to respond unless God intervenes. This intervention is called grace and is applied by the Holy Spirit. This quickening grace of the Holy Spirit is irresistible as our last post illustrated.

Praise God that he does not leave sinners in their hopeless condition of total inability.

6 Comments:

Blogger jazzycat said...

The Bible is clear in many passages that man does not possess the ability to respond in saving faith to Jesus Christ unless God intervenes and enables a sinner to respond. When that happens the sinner responds willingly and gratefully with repentance and faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This work of God (regeneration) so transforms a persons’ life that he becomes a disciple and has a new walk and focus due to this new birth.

This is the amazing grace that we praise God for giving us.

Wayne

February 21, 2007 11:18 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

The Bible is clear in many passages that man does not possess the ability to respond in saving faith to Jesus Christ unless God intervenes and enables a sinner to respond. When that happens the sinner responds willingly and gratefully with repentance and faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This work of God (regeneration) so transforms a persons’ life that he becomes a disciple and has a new walk and focus due to this new birth.

This is the amazing grace that we praise God for giving us.

Wayne

February 21, 2007 11:18 PM

 
Blogger Even So... said...

I agree, of course...I preached on Romans 3:9-18 this past Sunday, it is at the blog, called "How about you?"...

February 22, 2007 10:07 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Wayne, also Romans 8:7 states that man's heart is, as Spurgeon would say, hostility itself. Man loves sin and hates God. God is His enemy, One to recoil from and to despise. Man is not the least bit interested in coming to God.

GREAT POST,SIR!

February 22, 2007 11:06 AM

 
Blogger Craver VII said...

On “seeking” God, I have been asked whether my church is “seeker-friendly.” I love fielding this question, because being somewhat mischievous, I always confidently answer, “Yes.” (gasps abound) Then of course, I quickly explain that Jesus came to seek and save the lost, and because of that, we make every effort to be friendly to Him.

That’s my definition of “seeker-friendly.”

Isn’t it funny that cats are such posers? They behave as if they know things that are absolutely beyond their comprehension. Uh… sorry, Jazzy and Cuffy.

February 22, 2007 12:47 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Thanks J.D., Mark, and Craver:
J.D. How do you get to that blog?

Mark, that is so true and as you point out it comes directly from the Bible. It seems some want to attack John Calvin and Calvinism as if he dreamed up these truths rather than get them directly from Scripture.

Craver, that is a good spin of seekers. BTW, Jazzy wants to know if you have an opening for a church cat?

February 22, 2007 4:36 PM

 

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