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HAS YOU RIGHT WHERE HE WANTS YOU
God has you right where He wants you and He is going to do
with you as He pleases. God is not
trying to do something with you. He
is not trying to save you or anyone else. God
is not a failure. He does not try!
If He wants to save you or anyone else, He has the power and the means at
His disposal to do so. No man is
stronger than God. You say, “But I
have a free will.” Do you really
think so? Then will to do something
contrary to your nature. Exercise
your will and change from being a sinner and be perfect.
Jesus said, “Be ye therefore
perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
You with your so-called free will: let me see you be perfect.
You cannot fly like a bird. You
cannot be perfect. You cannot cease
from sinning: “Can the Ethiopian change
his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are
accustomed to do evil” (Jeremiah 13:23).
So you see, your free will is not so free as you may have been told.
It is bound to your sin nature. You
are free to sin because that is your nature.
Unless you have been born again your nature is enmity against God: “Because
the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God,
neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:7). You
cannot even will to come to Christ and be saved.
Some preachers may tell you that you can, but Jesus said: “No
man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will
raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44).
Some free will! You lack even
the ability to will to come to Christ and be saved!
It does not matter that you lack a truly free will.
It does not matter that your will acts in accordance with your sinful
nature. Your will is not going to
save you! In order to be saved a
person must first be born again. Regeneration
or the new birth is an inward change in a person brought about by God.
You did not birth yourself the first time you were born and you cannot
birth yourself into God’s family. In
the birth process the baby is passive, not causative.
So it is with the new birth. Jesus
told Nicodemus, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof,
but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that
is born of the Spirit” (John 3:7, 8).
Just as the wind cannot be seen or controlled, so the Holy Spirit births
whom He will when He wills. Perhaps
you have been told that being born again is a matter of you exercising your
will. That is absolutely contrary to
the plain words of Scripture. The
Bible tells us that Jesus came to His own nation, but they received (welcomed)
Him not. But there were some – a
few – who did welcome Him. The
Bible explains that the reason these few people received Christ was because they
had been born of God – not of human lineage, nor the will of man nor the will
of the flesh. Read it yourself: “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
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” (John
1:11-13). Did you get that?
God’s Word says, “Which were
born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of
God.” How much plainer could
God make it? From every conceivable
aspect, no will other than God’s will is involved in the new birth. God
says so! If you have been born again
it is not because you exercised your so-called free will.
It is because God exercised His will.
You are not master of your destiny: God is.
God has “mercy on whom he will
have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth” (Romans 9:18).
God is in control of all things including whom He saves!
If God wants to save everybody, He will do so.
If it is God’s will to save you, He will do so.
He will not save you contrary to your will although He could. Rather,
He is able to work in you and change your will so that you want Christ.
The Bible says: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good
pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). God
does as He pleases! The Bible says
so in Isaiah 46:10: “Declaring the end
from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.”
God says that He does all His pleasure. He
does what He wants to do. Daniel
4:35 says, “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he
doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of
the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”
But somebody says, “You must let God save you.”
Where did you read that in the Bible? Someone
may have told you that, but you did not read it in God’s Word! What
kind of God do you worship: one that puny men can “stay
his hand?” Is yours the
Almighty Sovereign God? The God of
the Bible does according to His will in Heaven and among the inhabitants of the
earth. The last quoted verse says
The Bible says this about God’s children: “According
as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should
be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the
adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure
of his will” (Ephesians 1:4, 5). God
determined what He would do and whom He would save before the foundation of the
world. That is a Bible fact! How
do you know that you were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world? How
can you know that you have been predestinated unto God’s adoption?
How can you know that you have been born again?
Obviously not because you exercised your will, for, as demonstrated
above, the Bible says your will has nothing to do with the new birth which is
the beginning of salvation. How can
you know that you are saved? First
of all, have you ever seen yourself as the worst of sinners?
Have you experienced godly sorrow over your sins?
The Bible speaks of the twin requirements and at the same time the twin
gifts of “repentance toward God and
faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).
Furthermore, the Bible teaches that “godly
sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of
the world worketh death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
Jesus said, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
perish” (Luke 13:3). Have you
experienced real and lasting sorrow for your sins?
Have you mourned for your sin? Have
you turned from sin? Is your faith
in Christ alone? Has your life
changed so that you now try to please God? All
these things happen at some point in time to those whom God has chosen to save. Or,
is your trust in some foolish religious thing that you did because somebody
persuaded you and you willed to do it? Trusting
in something that you did, even trusting in the exercise of your will, is not
trusting Christ as Savior. That is
faith in yourself and in what you did. It
is not faith in Christ. God
says: “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. For we
are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
“Before ordained” – your
salvation is not in your hands. “Salvation
is of the LORD” (Jonah 2:9).
Grace Bible Baptist Church
26080 Wax Road
Denham Springs, LA 70726