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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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  • « Free Will, Election & Foreknowledge | Main | Before the Throne of God By Charitie Lees De Chenez »

    Jesus Actually Saves by C. H. Spurgeon

    Matthew 20:28 "Even as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

    Some preachers and professors affect to believe in a redemption which I must candidly confess I do not understand; it is so indistinct and indefinite — a redemption which does not redeem anybody in particular, though it is alleged to redeem everybody in general; a redemption insufficient to exempt thousands of unhappy souls from hell after they have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus; a redemption, indeed, which does not actually save anybody, because it is dependent for its efficacy upon the will of the creature; a redemption that lacks intrinsic virtue and inherent power to redeem anybody, but is entirely dependent upon an extraneous contingency to render it effectual. With such fickle theories I have no fellowship. That every soul for whom Christ shed his blood as a Substitute, he will claim as his own, and have as his right, I firmly hold. I love to hold and I delight to proclaim this precious truth. Not all the powers of earth or hell; not the obstinacy of the human will, nor the deep depravity of the human mind, can ever prevent Christ seeing of the travail of his soul and being satisfied. To the last jot and tittle of his reward shall he receive it at the Father’s hand. A redemption that does redeem, a redemption that redeems many, seems to me infinitely better than a redemption that does not actually redeem anybody, but is supposed to have some imaginary influence upon all the sons of men. - C. H. Spurgeon ("Christ's Great Mission," Published 10/5/1916, delivered at the Metropolitan Tabernacle)

    Posted by John Samson on April 19, 2006 07:55 PM

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    Amen!

    A God that is not soveriegn and in control of salvation, is not a God that can effectually save a lost person. A lost person is enslaved to sin and has no ability to believe in Christ. If we strip God of his will of irresistible grace, we have striped him of his power to save us and ALL are damned to hell.

    Richard

    Where does a person find the confidence and boldness to speak words such as these to an Arminian /purpose driven /post-modern /seeker sensitive/ semi-emergent church? I cant imagine such an utterance coming from my mouth. But is it not imperative that these kind of statements be made? Spurgeon’s boldness and candid speech is impressive to me on paper but it blows my mind to think he said all these things audibly.

    Kenny,

    I think the boldness must come from the Holy Spirit alone; and therefore, we ought to be eminently concerned, as we find ourselves yearning for others to know the same blessed truths that God has taught us, to pray (as did the apostle Paul) that God would give us the boldness to speak his truths as it is necessary for us to speak.

    I know how clear it seems to me now, but I can also look back to a time not too long ago when I was utterly opposed to this truth. It was only the Spirit who opened my eyes; and furthermore, he did so only through the human instrumentality of those whose mouths He alone had opened to speak the word boldly. So from beginning to end, it is all about Him.

    I understand your struggle: I struggle frequently with those same thoughts. I suppose it is not necessarily a bad thing; because when the power is so obviously not our own, we must remain humble and glorify God. We're in this together -- let's keep looking to the all-sufficient One, and hold each other up in prayer.

    Nathan

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