"...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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    Improper Use of the Imperatives in Scripture

    Many modern teachers and pastors improperly use the imperatives (commands) in Scripture to try to demonstrate that man has free will, because, they reason, it would be unjust of God to call us to do something we are unable to do ... but the Bible teaches something very different... God's holy law remains intact and does not change after the fall. God is still holy and demands perfection to Adam's fallen posterity. After the fall, corruption set in and humanity is "not able not to sin"... He affections and will are enslaved. So Paul now teaches that the purpose of the divine legislation (His commands) is to reveal our sin or inability (Rom 3:19, 20) not to reveal our ability. Why does He do this? Because it demonstrates to man his moral bankruptcy and impotence in the face of God's holiness which leads man to despair of himself, and it is there that God extends his mercy. So "Let Him who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Cor. 1:31) it is Christ alone who can set us free (Gal 5:1; Rom 6:18).

    Posted by John on November 11, 2013 02:08 PM


    Yet for the most part unimportant what this sacred writer intends for me (for sacred text is not taking into account individual understanding). What makes a difference is what was the creator's goal? For that you would need to peruse the encompassing sacred text in setting and inspect the entry hermeneutically.

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