November 2, 2008

The Romance Of Salvation

The grace God offers is irresistible, however Grace, in the picture, is resistible! The offer of romance comes from the throne where a triune God sits. God, the father so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life. The whole world is perishing but there are those who are believing and they are delivered from destruction.

The question is how did they come about to believe? Jesus told Nicodemus, "you must be born again to see the kingdom of God!" The new birth does not proceed from any human knowledge.
If it did a master in Israel would surely be born again! There is no human cooperation in the new birth. It defies logic to think otherwise. The dead, though physically alive as flesh and blood and mental capabilities, have no inclination, are not just marred, in seeking God, no not one.

There is no work of righteousness that cooperates with the Spirit in regeneration. Our salvation is arranged by decrees of God and long before we were born or any sin committed, including Adam and Eve. Our salvation is according to the pleasure of his will, not the pleasure of our will.

Like our western concept of marriage we sing "Love and Marriage." Courtship, flirtations and dating lead to an engagement for matrimony. Biblical marriages are arranged and purchased. Romance before marriage is prohibited and must be contained modestly. Marriage and love.
The wife submits to her husband and he then wins her love. Yes, indeed, there is wooing and it builds a strong relationship. The husband grows in his love for his wife and she submits to that love. A relationship is grown.

Our salvation is arranged by purchase apart from our intentions and we are reborn to new life.
We are wooed to repent, obey and be baptized after we are born again. We follow Christ in obedience and the Holy Spirit is accomplishing every phase along the way.

This grace is irresistible and it is effective toward the salvation for everyone believing. Everyone believing are the ones arranged for salvation. We call this election. All that the Father arranges to be saved are indeed saved and no one is lost. No not one! The power of Christ's blood saves to the uttermost. You are not perishing if He died for you. Are you listening to me!

Now at this point most preachers would like for you to believe that few are being saved. This adds to the fear factor in you coming forward with haste. Oh, what a deception! Jesus said, "in my father's house are many mansions" and if he didn't mean this he was a liar by his own admission. But you say, what about the wide and narrow ways? "Many are called but few are chosen?"

I am presenting to you the narrow way, crooked and treacherous, the way less traveled. You have been following a wide path, straight and unhindered, pragmatic and convenient. It has been determined by flesh and blood and scholarly wisdom via Rome, Britain and America, but it leads to disappointment in this life as well as the life to come. I did not say you were hell bound. You can be the elect and make bad decisions and follow false teaching. But you will be disappointed in the end. The qualitative destiny of the elect is determined by the elect. A sinner has no choice in any destiny as his end is determined.

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