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    Meeting the Condition for Salvation

    There is a condition we must meet for salvation. But, thank God for his great mercy, Jesus meets the condition FOR US. Part of his glorious work on our behalf is to give us everything we need for our salvation, including his Holy Spirit to believe. Indeed, we do the believing, but it is the Spirit quickens, who opens our eyes and heart that we might do so.(1)

    "The Spirit gives life [quickens], the flesh counts for nothing...No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me grants it."(John 6:63,65)

    "All that the Father gives to me will come to me." (John 6:37)

    Both statements from the same discussion in John 6 and leave no room for the view that we can come to faith in Jesus on our own or even by cooperation... we come only if we are granted it .. and ALL to whom it is granted will come to faith in Jesus, my Bible declares.

    (1) Note: In a similar way God gives us physical eyes, but we do the seeing. What is impossible for man (making himself new eyes) is possible with God.

    Posted by John on November 4, 2013 12:44 PM


    what about the spiritual growth of a person who trusted Christ, was it monergism? or synergism? hope to hear from you on this. thanks


    Good question but nuanced....and not easy to define...

    Monergism, defined correctly, requires complete passivity on the part of the recipient. And there is only one thing in which we play ABSOLUTELY no role... our regeneration. There is nothing we do to become regenerate... it is something God does to us, usually after the reading of the word of God.

    Apart from regeneration, there are no other acts in which we are completely passive. Justification requires faith - something we do ... but it is certain ... The Spirit's work of regeneration guarantees that it will infallibly come to pass... so it would be hard to call that synergism .... likewise sanctification, although Christ is our sanctification (1 Corinthians 1:30), we are not utterly passive quietists but because we have a new heart from the Spirit, He works sanctification in us so we love and act as He sanctifies us. Objective sanctification is all Christ (our perfect standing before God already done) but we do respond to the Spirit's work as He subjectively sanctifies us. There is response on our part but it springs from grace... and Christians can resist... so I suppose you could use the word synergism here... but again it adds nothing to Christ's completed work.

    Synergism may be the wrong word for post regeneration action but so is monergism... It may be misleading...

    thanks you so much... i am just a little bit confused about this issue. i just want to divide the word of God rightly. for some passages of scripture command the believers to do this or that like "mortify the deeds of the flesh" or to lay aside all malice, deceit, envy, hyporcites,slander...

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