"...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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    Is There any Injustice in Divine Election?

    If one person or group receives the grace of God and another group does not, is there any violation of justice in this? If God passes over some, do they receive anything they do not deserve? Fact is, one group receives mercy and the other group receives justice, and no group receives injustice. And Paul demolishes human will as the basis for God's sovereign election in Christ. (Rom 9:15, 16) It is based rather on God's sovereign good pleasure in Christ. This removes all merit from me and puts the attention back on the sovereign and merciful God....

    Even the very wisdom to believe is a gift of God's grace. Such that we cannot attribute our repenting and believing to our own wisdom, humility or good sense. 1 Cor 1 says, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” In other words, those who ascribe their believing to their own wisdom, and not to Christ alone, are boasting.

    Posted by John on July 17, 2012 05:13 PM


    I disagree. I believe God teaches very clearly man is given an amount of faith, through His grace, necessary to save but man must accept it. Man is either free to reject God's grace or man is simply a puppet in a great celestial play. God says He does not want anyone to perish - and yet He chooses not to save all. What??!! Truly a contradiction! And God does not contradict Himself. God's grace and our free will: thank you, Father, for your grace - without it, I would have never believed in Jesus!

    @Jim, you said, I believe God teaches very clearly man is given an amount of faith, through His grace, necessary to save but man must accept it.

    It is not enough to believe the Bible teaches this. You must demonstrate that the Bible teaches this. There are only two types of people according to the Bible: regenerate and unregenerate. There is no where in the Bible where a certain amount of grace is given to unbelievers that is in-between these two states. You are making it up.

    Your apparent contradiction is no contradiction at all. A simple every day analogy will demonstrate this. If you borrowed a few million dollars from the bank to fund a new company and then instead squander it in a week of wild living in Las Vegas, does your inability to repay alleviate you of the responsibility to do so? No. Likewise we owe a sin-debt to God that we cannot repay. God wants you to repent and believe the gospel. That is his preceptive will for all men. So God commands all persons everywhere to repent and believe the gospel. He would not command it if he did not desire it, but men still do not do it. An unregenrate man, the Bible declares, simply cannot understand spiritual truth. (1 Cor 2:14)

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