ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST

ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST

1. THE GOSPEL…What the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us.

The gospel or “good news” of personal salvation is not what we can do for the Lord Jesus Christ, but what He has already done for us!

Isaiah 53:5-6 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:11 “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

I Corinthians 15:1-5 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

Matthew 27:33-35 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which the prophet spoke, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Colossians 1:20 “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Romans 4:25 “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

Ephesians 4:9-10 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Matthew 28:5-6 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Romans 5:6-11 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

John 14:19 “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.”

2. WHAT WE ARE NATURALLY, WITHOUT CHRIST

To believe that a person could lose their salvation is to believe that we have some innate ability to do good, contrary to the following scriptures. When a person is saved he already has an old nature with which he was born (Eph 4:24) but now, he possesses a new nature (Eph 4:26). The old nature is incapable of gaining or maintaining his salvation (See Romans 8:5-8). The new nature is incapable of losing his salvation.

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Romans 3:10-11 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

3. NOW…WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

Acts 10:43 “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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

Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Psalms 21:4 “He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.”

Titus 3:5-6 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

4. SALVATION IS A “GIFT” FROM GOD…(it has to be!)

Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

Romans 5:17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9 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.

5. SOME OF THE IMMEDIATE BLESSINGS OF ONE WHO IS SAVED

WE ARE DEAD, CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST

Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Romans 6:3-4 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

GOD OWNS US

I Corinthians 6:19-20 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

I Corinthians 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD

I John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

JESUS CHRIST DWELLS WITHIN US

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

RIGHTEOUSNESS IS IMPUTED UNTO US

Romans 3:22 “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:”

Romans 4:3-5 “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousnessBut to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

II Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

WE ARE “SEALED” WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

WE ARE “IN CHRIST”

II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Eph 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

WE ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD, HIMSELF

I Peter 1:4-5 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Romans 5:9-11 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

John 10:29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

John 14:19 “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.”

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

I Corinthians 1:8 Who (THE LORD JESUS CHRIST) shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

WE ARE COMPLETE

Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

1 Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

WE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

If a child of God at some point could lose eternal life, the life God gave him would not be eternal but only lasted as long as His child had it. God would thus be a liar!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

I John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

6. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR ‘STANDING’ (or position)

IN CHRIST AND OUR ‘STATE’ (or walk)

None of the above are ours by self-denial, holy living, ceremony participation, alms giving or any form of diligence. All are the gift of God by faith in the finished work of Christ. They are our “standing” in Christ. We are constantly exhorted in the scriptures to raise our ‘state’ (or walk) to the level of our ‘standing’ in Christ.

EXAMPLE OF THE CORINTHIANS:

THEIR “STANDING” (position) IN CHRIST:

I Corinthians 1:4-9 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

EXHORTATION TO RAISE THEIR “STATE” (walk):

I Corinthians 3:1-3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

EXAMPLE OF THE COLOSSIANS:

THEIR “STANDING” (position) IN CHRIST:

Colossians 1:12-14 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

EXHORTATION TO RAISE THEIR “STATE” (walk):

Colossians 3:8-9 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

7. THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVER

THE ‘OLD MAN’ (not one bit better after salvation)

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Galatians 5:16-17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

THE ‘NEW MAN’

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Please note that the old nature is incapable of gaining or maintaining our salvation (See Romans 8:5-8) and the new nature is incapable of losing our salvation.

God’s exhortation is to put off the old man and put on the new (Eph 4:17-29). The motivating factor that is brought to the Christians to obey this exhortation is NOT the threat of loss of salvation, but rather “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Eph 4:30 KJV)

8. NO SAVED PERSON IN THE SCRIPTURES WAS EVER LOST

EXAMPLES OF SINS THAT DID NOT CAUSE LOSS OF SALVATION:

1 Corinthians 5:1-5 “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 3:9-15 “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

COMMANDS TO SEPARATE FROM A SINNING BROTHER

We have no commands in the scriptures to ‘mark,’ ‘avoid,’ have no company with,’ unsaved people, but we do have several commands to do so to a sinning ‘brother.’ Obviously, such a one has not lost his salvation because he is still a brother because God is His Father, even though he has been so wrong he must be avoided.

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators. Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

2 Thessalonians 3:6 “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”

9. GOD’S PRONOUNCEMENT OF DOOM

Note the fact that God ‘never knew’ the doomed. They are not people who were once His children by faith in Christ.

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Contrast this with:

John 10:29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

Heb 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

10. SERVICE IN LOVE, NOT IN FEAR OF LOSS OF SALVATION

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

2 Corinthians 10:1 “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:”

We are “FREE” to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in love, not in slavish fear.

IT IS NOT TRY BUT TRUST

Not saved are we by trying

From self can come no aid.

‘Tis on the blood relying

Once for our ransom paid.

No deeds of ours are needed

To make Christ’s merit more

No frames of mind or feelings

Can add to His great store.

‘Tis simply to receive Him.

The Holy One and Just.

‘Tis only to believe Him

It is not try but trust!

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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1. SOME VERSES MIS-USED TO TEACH SAVED MAY BE LOST

Philippians 2:12 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.

The believer is commanded to “work out” the salvation he already has, not work for or to maintain his salvation.

James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

If this verse is teaching “work” for maintaining salvation then the “gospel” is NOT the “good news” of Christ dying for our sins but a works program! It is faith plus works, contrary to Romans 6:11.

A simple reading of the context will show that James is speaking of the fact that works are the only way to show that a person is saved…”I will show you my faith by my works.” James gives the example of Abraham who was saved in Genesis 15 by faith but then proved he was indeed the friend of God by offering his son on the alter in Genesis 22.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Again, this verse is misused to teach “works” for salvation. The truth is that the context is speaking about physically enduring to the end of the “Tribulation Period” and thus being physically saved. Simply read on in the chapter.

I Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

The vain belief Paul speaks of here is in regards to his arguments that Christ is indeed risen form the dead. If Christ be not risen then your faith in Him is vain.

II Peter 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Is the saved person a sheep or simply a washed sow? Again, a reading of the context will reveal that the persons spoken of here are not saved people.

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

It is strange that most everyone who believes they may loose their salvation also believe they may repent and regain their salvation…being born again, again and again. However, if the above passages are teaching that a saved person can loose their salvation they indeed may NOT be saved again!

The truth is that the context is speaking of persons whom God has enlightened, but they have turned away in their unsaved condition and become reprobate.

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ebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Once again, reading the context reveals the persons spoken of are ones who have been exposed to the gospel but have trampled it under foot. They have received the knowledge of the truth and rejected it. There is no other sacrifice for sins!

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

This is a warning based on the fact that we are saved by grace. Any who attempt to be saved by works have “fallen from grace.”

 

Galatians 5:19- 21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The point is that Christians should not act like the unsaved who have no inheritance in the kingdom of God as we do. See this similar thought in the following:

1 Cor 6:9-11″Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

See also Ephesians 4:17-24

Matthew 10:2-4 “Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; …Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.”

The following verses prove that even though Judas was one of the original twelve apostles, he never was a saved man:

John 6:70 “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”

Acts 1:25 “That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”

John 12:4-6 “Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

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CALVINISM (Extreme Predestination)

CALVINISM

(Extreme Predestination)

BASIC TENETS OF CALVINISM OR THE DOCTRINE OF EXTREME PREDESTINATION

1. Limited atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ

2. Total blindness of unsaved

3. Unconditional election of the saved (and therefore the lost)

THE WILLS OF GOD

The sovereign will of God:

This “will” of God is certain and cannot be altered nor stopped.

Gen 8:22. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Jer 31:35. Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 36. If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 37. Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

Dan 4:17. This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

Rev 17:17. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The desired will of God:

This “will” reveals the preference of God and the path of blessing for man. Men may violate and ignore this “will” to their own hurt.

Matt 23:37. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Acts 17:30. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

(Obviously, all men are not obeying this command, or will, of God.)

Eph 6:5. Servants, be obedient to them that are [your] masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6. Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

(Obviously, not all Christians are serving their masters according to this will of God.)

1Ths 4:3. For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

(Obviously, not all Christians have abstained from fornication, thus violating God’s desired will.)

1Tim 2:1. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

2Pet 3:9. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

(Obviously, many men are ignoring and disobeying God’s will in not repenting and they will perish contrary to God’s desired will for them.)

SOUL’S SALVATION

The Method:

On the subject of an individual’s soul salvation, we find the method by which one is saved is the “sovereign will” of God. It may not be altered nor stopped:

John 14:6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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

Acts 10:43. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

1Tim 2:5. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

The Application:

That all men should obey this method is the “desired will” of God. It is God’s preference and man’s blessing if man will obey. God has sovereignly ordained that man may resist His desired will, to man’s eternal hurt.

1Tim 2:4. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Acts 17:30. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

2Pet 3:9. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

THE COMPLETE SACRIFICE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR ALL MANKIND

1John 2:2. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

John 1:29. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

1Tim 2:6. Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Isa 53:6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

1Tim 4:10. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

(Note the special distinction of the last phrase of this verse.)

Heb 2:9. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Heb 10:26. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

(Note that the unsaved man who has “trodden under foot the Son of God” had the “blood of the covenant” sanctifying him. It obviously was not able to bring his salvation to fruition because he sinned “willfully after” he received the “knowledge of the truth.”)

2Pet 2:1. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (Note the Lord “bought” the unsaved “false teachers” who denied Him and brought in “damnable heresies.”)

2Cor 5:19. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Rom 5:18. Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

ACTS 17:30. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31. Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

UNSAVED MAN IS NOT TOTALLY BLIND NOR TOTALLY DEAF

God in His love sees to it that unsaved men are enlightened. When the unsaved reject the light God graciously bestows on them, their turning away causes blindness and hardening of their hearts.

Luke 16:27. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28. For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

John 1:6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

John 3:19. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

(Note that men are condemned because light is available to them. They choose to love darkness because of their evil deeds. If light was not available, or if they were unable to comprehend light, there would be no condemnation.)

John 9:41. Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

(If unregenerate man was totally blind, he would not be held accountable and none would be lost!)

John 16:8. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9. Of sin, because they believe not on me;

(The Holy Spirit could not legitimately “reprove” a person who was never enlightened and to whom He had never given the ability to believe.)

Acts 17:26. And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27. That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

Acts 17:30. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31. Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness (see following three verses) by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men in that he hath raised him from the dead.

PS 9:8. And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

PS 96:13. Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

PS 98:8. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful 9. together Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity (evenness, to be straight).

(God could not honestly judge the world in “righteousness” and “equity” if all mankind do not have an opportunity to be saved.)

Rom 1:18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [ even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

(Note the unsaved man’s heart was darkened when and because he “became” vain AFTER KNOWING GOD.)

Rom 1:25. Who (unsaved man) changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Rom 1:28. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

(Unsaved man made a choice to not RETAIN God in his knowledge, showing they did perceive or retain God at one time. At this decision, on the part of unsaved man, God gave them over to a reprobate mind.)

Rom 1:32. Who (unsaved man) knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Rom 7:23. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

(Paul here described himself as being able to “see” in his unsaved “wretched” condition.)

Rom 10:17. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Ps 19:1. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. 2. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5. Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

2Ths 2:10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Heb 10:26. For if we sin wilfully AFTER that we have RECEIVED the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

In the light of the above, the gospel of personal salvation is obviously available to all of mankind.

ALL MEN GIVEN A CHOICE REGARDING PERSONAL SALVATION

It is God’s sovereign will that man be given a choice regarding his personal salvation. It is therefore not able to be altered that man has this choice.

Prov 1:24. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25. But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26. I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27. When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29. For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30. They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Isa 1:16. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17. Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20. But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Isa 45:22. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and [there is] none else.

Isa 66:3. He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 4. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear (not because they could not hear, but because they would not hear…or God would be unjust and not judging in equity, Psalms 89:9): but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

Matt 11:28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matt 23:37. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

(Note the condemnation is because men would not believe, not that they could not believe.)

John 7:37. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried (Evidently the Lord wanted all to hear Him), saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

2Cor 3:15. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. 16. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, (THEN) the veil shall be taken away.

1Pet 2:7. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

(They could not be said to be disobedient if God did not choose them to hear and be saved.)

Rev 3:20. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Rev 22:17. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.

THE REASON(S) MEN ARE LOST

Men refuse God’s gracious offer:

Matt 23:37. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

John 5:40. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Men love darkness because their deeds are evil:

John 3:19. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Men refuse to believe:

John 12:44. Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

John 16:8. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9. Of sin, because they believe not on me;

(Note that not believing in Christ is sin. If Calvinism were true, then God causes mankind to sin because He is the One who fails to cause them to believe.)

Rom 1:28. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Rom 2:4. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (If Calvinism were true, the above verse should read, “The sovereign decree of God causes thee to repent,” and the next verse would not be there because they could not have an impenitent heart that treasured up wrath.) 5. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

(How could God be wrathful against people He did not cause to believe through no fault of their own? How could such judgment be called “righteous,”?)

Heb 3:12. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

(How could they “take heed” if they have no control over their hearts? How could they depart from something of which they never had an opportunity to take part?)

Heb 3:18. And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19. So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Heb 4:2. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

(Why bother preaching if they cannot hear? How ridiculous one would be to stand before an audience of deaf people and preach the gospel!)

Men harden their own hearts:

Heb 3:8. Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

Heb 3:13. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Heb 4:7. Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts

Rom 2:4. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;.

Man refuses to “obey” God:

Heb 5:9. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

(If everyone operates under the sovereign will of God, how could anyone, including the unsaved who have not been caused to believe, possible disobey Him? Therefore it would follow that all would be saved for all obey. Some saved by belief and some by unbelief!)

1Pet 2:7. Unto you therefore which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient (it is impossible to be disobedient per the Calvinist doctrine!), the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

Men exercise their God given “will” against God:

Heb 10:26. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

2Pet 2:1. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

GOD HAS TOLD US WHAT IT IS HE PREDESTINATES:

The words “predestinate” and “predestinated” are found in only four verses in the entire Bible. In each case what is predestinated is clearly stated in the context.

Rom 8:29. 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.

God, who knows all things, knew in advance who would accept and who would reject His Son as Saviour. God’s sovereign will for those who accept is that they be conformed to the image of His Son.” We read in 1Jn 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

Rom 8:30. 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.

In addition to the grand blessing of the saved being conformed to the image of His Son, God also has predestined other blessings delineated in verse 30 above. The “called” is a calling to one who is already saved with the promise of being conformed to the image of His Son. It is not the calling for salvation. It is the calling to fellowship with Christ (1Cor 1:4-9), Father/son relationship (John 10:1-4), peace (Col 3:5), liberty (Gal 5:13), and holiness (1Thess 4:1-12).

Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

The above verse clearly tells us unto what we have been predestinated, “the adoption of children.” This is the sovereign will of God for those who obey His desired will regarding salvation.

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

The above predestination is defined in the next verse…Ephesians 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

The “afters” in the next verse should also be noted:

Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

THE SEQUENCE OF SALVATION

1. The Lord Jesus Christ died for the sins of all men:

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

I John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

2. All men are therefore sanctified by His blood:

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

II Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

3. God allows all mankind to accept or reject this sanctification:

a. The Son enlightens all men:

John 1:9 [That] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

b. The Son draws all men:

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.

c. The Father teaches all men:

John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

d. The Holy Spirit convicts all men:

John 16:8-9 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me;

e. God calls all men by the gospel:

II Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

4. Those who willingly receive God’s gracious efforts towards them are saved, born again, and become eternal children of God.

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

I Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.

5. Those who are thus children of God, are given further “callings” from God:

a. Fellowship with Jesus Christ:

I Corinthians 1:9 God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

b. Peace

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

c. Liberty:

Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

d. Holiness

I Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holi-ness.

e. Father and son relationship:

John 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

6. God’s foreknowledge and ability to “call things which are not as though they were (Romans 4:17)” is thus able to refer to His saved children as His “elect,” “chosen,” or “called.”

I Peter 1:2 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.

Romans 8:28 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.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.

NONE CHOSEN TO BELIEVE

Nowhere in all the word of God do we find a single verse which tells us that God has chosen, elected, called, predestinated or ordained anyone to believe. On the contrary, we find numerous admonitions to men to believe, and condemnations if men refuse to believe. Both the admonitions and the condemnations would be absolutely cruel and even ridiculous on the part of God and His ministry if unsaved man had no ability to believe except as God caused him to do so.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins.

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

In addition, we are told of God’s grief at the unbelief of man. If the doctrine of extreme predestination were true, it would make such verses absolute hypocrisy on the part of God for He could have simply “chosen” and thus caused these men to believe.

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!

Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

Romans 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

Romans 11:32-36 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. Amen.

Questions that have no answer under the Calvinist doctrine:

1. How could God legitimately be angry with the wicked when it is God who has not caused them to believe?

Psalms 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry [with the wicked] every day.

2. How could Paul legitimately admonish ones to be careful to not have an evil heart of unbelief when according to Calvinism they have no control over their unbelief?

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

3. How could anyone ever be considered a sinner by God if they were totally deaf and blind to their condition?

John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

4. How could the great white throne judgment be anything but a cruel mockery of poor souls who never had an opportunity to be saved?

Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

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Diligently seek Him

Diligently seek Him But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. – Heb. 11:6

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Psalm 23:4

Psa. 23:4 KJV

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

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Words of encouragement and verses.