Monday, February 25, 2013

Free-will Salvation…


Who has the free-will?

“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 1:12,13

“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. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:12,13

“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”

Romans 9:15,16

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 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,To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 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: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”

Ephesians 1:3-12

“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?”

Daniel 4:35

“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.”

Romans 9:20-25

Who, according to Scripture, has free-will in salvation?

JEHOVAH… The Mighty God. Praise the LORD!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Because of a Muffin?

“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.”
Proverbs 19:11

I have been reading an interesting biography about George Frederic Handel and today as I read the last two chapters something jumped out at me. It is a lesson on what can happen if we are unwilling to forgive the small, or smaller than small, personal offences of others…

Handel’s friend, Sir Hans Sloane, was a thrifty man and a collector of priceless books. Handel loved him and they were very good friends. However, one day, in a thoughtless moment in the midst of conversation, Handel sat a buttered muffin on the cover of one of Sir Hans’ treasured books, which he held in his hand. After a painful silence ensued Handel asked forgiveness for his thoughtless action… Sir Hans refused to accept the apology and the friendship ended, never to be renewed. The buttered muffin had terminated the welcome that Handel had always before possessed.

Now, before we start shaking our heads in disgust for Sir Hans’ action, let us examine ourselves. How many times have we allowed a personal offense come between a family member and us or a friend and ourselves? The Lord Jesus Christ condemned such hardness of hearts, such selfishness, self-centeredness, & love of self! He warned us of what would happen if we continued in our stubbornness to hold bitterness in our hearts and refuse to forgive.

Let us forgive and forget the buttered muffins of others…
“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Matthew 6:15