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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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  • « The Reformed Faith (Quote) Loraine Boettner | Main | Man's Responsibility, Inability & God's Enabling Grace by Pastor John Samson »

    Should we say...?

    “Should we say, "perhaps you should try Jesus as you savior" ...almost with a consumer market oriented mentality"?. "There are lots of religious options and if you try this particular religious option you might like it." No ... rather, Jesus is Lord and He will soon be invading with His armies. He is offering pardon in advance of His invasion and should you receive the pardon and ally yourself with Him now before He invades, when He comes you will be considered His ally and He will raise you to Kingship. The alternative is to be under the wrath of the king. It is not some kind of religious option. It is an announcement that a new king is on the throne and he'll be invading. The gospel is not an invitation to an array of a buffet style choices, it is a command. Will you heed the command? Jesus is Lord, repent and believe.” - William Wilder

    Posted by John Samson on April 23, 2006 07:51 PM

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    is the king not reigning now?

    mathercize

    Indeed, that is, in fact, the point of the quote. It says, the king is on his throne (present tense) and will be invading. The earth and all that is in it are all rightfully His. He is King of Kings and all Authority in Heaven and Earth has been granted HIm. That is why those who are now in rebellion against Him will suffer His wrath when He invades and takes what is rightfully His. The present age is one of patience and mercy, but don't mistake His kindness and patience for weakness.

    He certainly is... where did it say He was not? But He will be returning as the King to enforce His rule.

    It makes me think of the final words of the parable of Ten Minas, "But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me."

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