When you look at some verses of the Bible, it appears sinners or unbelievers have a WILL to choose God. This is Biblical.
BUT IS THIS WILL OF MAN ‘FREE’ ???
Some theologians made the “FREE WILL” deduction from the Bible because of the way it appears. That’s ok. BUT THEY DIDN’T SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE OF GOD’S WORK.
Allow me to show you something to arouse your curiosity. (See Below!)
UNBELIEVERS ARE SLAVES OF SIN (Rom 6:20, John 8:34) and BELIEVERS ARE SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (Rom 6: 18). — Slaves STRICTLY OBEY their MASTERS!
Now let’s begin!
See EPHESIANS 2: 1 and 5…..COLOSSIANS 2: 13
In the above Scriptures, the Bible Says…Unbelievers are DEAD in their sins…THEY ARE NOT ALIVE…DEAD MEN DON’T HAVE FREE WILL…Because they are DEAD…Go to the MORTUARY and see for yourselves, the DEAD BODIES over there DON’T HAVE FREE WILL…That’s the TRUE SPIRITUAL STATE of every Unbeliever!
Again, when LAZARUS was DEAD, he didn’t have “FREE WILL”…It took the sovereignty of our LORD Jesus to RAISE HIM from the DEAD!!! Lazurus didn’t even know who raised him from the dead until his whole body was loosed and uncovered. Then he was able to see Jesus and all the people around. LAZARUS WAS DEAD AND COULDN’T HELP HIMSELF.
That’s symbolic to how God saves man because DURING SALVATION, GOD RAISES US FROM THE DEAD BY THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL AS PART OF THE SOVEREIGN REGENERATION WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
That’s why the Bible Says in EPHESIANS 2: 8-9…that it is by GRACE that we are SAVED and NOT of OUR WORKS…because DEAD BODIES cannot do anything to contribute to their MIRACLES of BEING RAISED from the DEAD….That is why WE CANNOT BOAST OF OUR CONTRIBUTION…We did nothing…IT WAS A FULL WORK OF GOD!! Glory to God!
See ROMANS 6: 20…..JOHN 8: 34
Again, In the above Scriptures, the Bible Says…Unbelievers are SLAVES OF SIN…SLAVES!!! They are SLAVES!!! SLAVES DON’T HAVE FREE WILL!!!…THEY DO WHATEVER THEIR MASTER(SIN/DEVIL/SELF) COMMANDS THEM TO DO!!!
I have showed you all these in the scriptures for you to know and understand the TRUE SPIRITUAL STATE OF AN UNBELIEVER!
Now let’s see what the LORD JESUS said about how we come to SALVATION:
See MATTHEW 11: 28 (Pay Attention to this)
In the above Scripture, the LORD commands us…”COME TO ME…”
This means we certainly HAVE A WILL TO EITHER COME TO HIM OR REJECT HIM…This means we have a WILL TO MAKE A CHOICE ABOUT HIS INVITATION.
Now, let’s See JOHN 6: 44 (Pay Attention to this)
“NO MAN CAN COME TO ME, except THE FATHER which hath sent me DRAW HIM: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Now, in the above Scripture, the LORD is now revealing to us that THE DEAD BODY of the UNBELIEVER CANNOT CHOOSE TO COME TO HIM unless the Father who sent Him draws him miraculously. SO A MIRACLE HAPPENS TO OUR DEAD SELF TO GIVE US OUR WILL!
Now, let’s See JOHN 15: 16
“Ye HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME, but I HAVE CHOSEN YOU, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…..”
In the above Scripture, Our LORD Jesus said this to His disciples because He didn’t want them to think that they chose Him. WHAT HE IS BASICALLY SAYING IS THAT “I CHOSE YOU FIRST FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO CHOOSE ME AND STAY WITH ME. DON’T BE PROUD AND BOAST BECAUSE YOU HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING OF YOURSELF. I DID EVERYTHING AND I WILL DO EVERYTHING”.
Our LORD Jesus knows that NO MAN CAN RECEIVE His words and teachings WITHOUT THE FATHER’S HELP. IT TAKES GOD (not man) IN HIS OWN SOVEREIGNTY TO BRING UNBELIEVERS TO JESUS.
IN OTHER WORDS, NO MAN CAN CHOOSE TO TRULY BELIEVE IN JESUS WITHOUT THE HELP OF GOD.
DEAD MEN CAN’T HELP THEMSELVES…THEY NEED HELP!
Therefore, God chooses us first and leads or guides us to Himself and GIVES us THE WILL or CHOICE to BELIEVE and FOLLOW JESUS as DISCIPLES!
WE ARE NOT CO-WORKERS WITH GOD. GOD DOES ALL THE WORK FOR HIS OWN GLORY. SALVATION IS NOT ABOUT US. IT’S ABOUT HIS LOVE, MERCY AND GLORY IN HIS OWN SOVEREIGNTY.
THE POTTER AND CLAY ARE NOT CO-WORKERS!
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By Nana Adjei Ampofo Manu – NAAM