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].

Saturday, December 06, 2008

God's Intervening Grace and Sanctification

by Wayne

Since faith itself flows from God's intervening grace, it follows that a saved soul will be influenced positively by the work of the Holy Spirit in sanctification. Calvinism precludes any human effort in being saved, but non-Calvinism depends on the initiative and decision of an unregenerate man to wisely choose his own salvation. Little wonder that such a view produces the idea that human effort is the primary cause of sanctification. Calvinism acknowledges human cooperation in sanctification, but asserts that the Holy Spirit is the engine that drives the process. All the glory and credit goes to God and there is absolutely no boasting involved.

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Blogger mark pierson said...

The idea is called by some "Grace upon Grace", where the Lord rewards the individual for having done works that the Lord Himself inspired, led about, and enabled. He is in effect rewarding the person for works that He Himself has brought about. Ephesians 2:10. Having been made a new creation the individual walks on into the life of works that God has ordained for him to do. His heart is led of the Spirit into these works. The Spirit enables him in all this. The individual is God's work of art. On display here is God's life-changing grace, taking one once dead in sin, once a slave to sin, and transforming him into a showcase of His workmanship.

December 06, 2008 10:21 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

God is rewarding His own workmanship. The one receiving the rewards is experiencing pure grace - unmerrited rewards.

December 06, 2008 12:27 PM

 
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Are you saying in your posting that the world is made up of Calvinists and non-Calvinists and only Calvinists are saved? I'm not too sure of your meaning.

December 08, 2008 6:04 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Jill,
Only those who know Christ are saved. Calvinisn versus non-Calvinism is only a matter of how one views how the salvation of man comes about. Non-Cals see a cooperation between God and man, while Calvinists see salvation as wholly the work of God.

December 08, 2008 7:28 AM

 

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