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The Authority of Scripture

Have you ever wondered what originated the rise and fall of every false religion in the world? The answer may surprise you, because it’s the single most common pitfall of the masses. It’s the “freewill” doctrine of man, which puts man in charge of his own salvation and when it’s taken to its logical conclusion; it ALWAYS shipwrecks faith in God’s word. Because if man’s will was absolutely free, the Bible message would be altered, for it would mean that God chose to have it written down by men that could have supposedly resisted His will.
But this is impossible, “For who hath resisted His will?” “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (Rom.9:19, 2Pet.1:21). God’s in control NOT man, for He “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph.1:11). “Of His own will, begat He us with the word of truth” (Ja.1:18), which reveals the truth about creation, Christ’s Deity, His virgin birth, perfect life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension to save us from sin. And “Scripture cannot be broken” (Jn.10:35).
Yet, the freewill doctrine leads to believing it was altered because it was penned by flesh, which then leads to doubting Jesus Christ who came in the flesh (Jn.12:48). But Jesus said, ““It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (Jn. 6:63). “The Word was God”….”And the Word was made flesh” (Jn.1:1, 14). All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2Tim.3:16). “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away” (Mt.24:35).
The freewill doctrine teaches that “God gives us a will that can reject Him, because He wants us to love Him willingly and freely.” But saints in heaven aren’t given a will that can reject Him and yet…. they TOTALLY love Him willingly and freely!! For its ONLY by being born again by the Holy Spirit, thru the merits of Christ, that we can truly love Him, NOT by an unregenerate will that loves sin (e.g. Rom.5:5).
The Garden of Eden scenario is also used to try to prove that God allowed sin to be offered so we’d have freewill and not be robots. But that’s like saying we’ll be robots in heaven, for God doesn’t allow sin there! Besides, mankind already had freedom of choice before sin was offered by the devil and they were NOT robots. First of all, the fear of being a robot for God is nothing more than complete rebellion, which shows that if left to our own fallen “free” will, we’d rather be a robot for the devil. Besides, “freewill” to choose sin is NOT true freedom at all, or else God wouldn’t be free, for He’s Holy and cannot choose to sin.
Ironically, the Garden scenario actually proves the freewill doctrine is a complete sham. In the sequence of events leading up to the Fall of mankind, three faculties of Eve’s soul were involved when she chose to eat forbidden fruit; her mind, heart and will….. IN THAT ORDER (Gen.3:1-6). The act of her will was preceded by the thoughts of her mind and the desires of her heart, proving that our will doesn’t determine our choices. The act of our will is preceded and determined by other factors, which are now tainted with sin. So our will no longer has the ability to choose God, unless the cleansing regeneration of the Holy Spirit brings our mind, heart and will into harmony with God’s will thru the merits of Jesus’ blood (Titus 3:5).
So remember friend, we can’t faithfully love God unless He intervenes in our lives with an irresistible love that breaks every barrier—-even the barrier of a fallen will that’s a slave to sin (Rom.6:20; 8:35-39). And once we’re saved we can’t brag that He saved us because we loved Him, for its “not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” We can only “love Him, because He first loved us” (1Jn.4:10, 19). “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil.2:13). So pray for His mercy today.

Lee Anne @ gospel4life@live.com

So then—How Does God Save to the Uttermost?

In the last article we covered how God saves.  So now let’s cover how God saves to the “uttermost.”  Hebrews 7:25 says, “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come to God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.”  And “uttermost” means absolute, total and to the most extreme imaginable degree.  Wow!!

So how does God save to the absolute, total and most extreme imaginable degree?  According to Hebrews 7:25, it’s by Jesus ever living to intercede, by pleading the merits of His blood in the presence of God against satan, on behalf of His people.  So, as long as His blood has merit and as long as He “ever liveth,” His people have salvation.  In other words, it can never lose its merit, for “He is able!” His precious blood can never lose its merit based on any inability in Jesus or because of any of His people’s weaknesses.  In fact, He “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:20).

Jesus said, “I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them from My Fathers hand” (Jn.10:28-29).  So how could anyone ever believe salvation can be lost, when it’s based on Jesus’ merits not ours…..Unless of course ones “faith” is in themselves and what they do, instead of in Jesus and what He’s done? 

“Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh” (Gal.3:3)? If we could possibly reach sinless perfection here, then we wouldn’t need to be saved by an act still being performed by the living Savior—His intercession!  Paul knew this and confessed that although he had a will to do good, he couldn’t due to the weakness of the flesh.  So he made it clear that it’s only because of Jesus continually pleading His blood that believers are able to overcome and be brought safely home (Rom.7:18-19, 8:26-39). 

However, God’s people can never boast that He loves them “just the way they are,” for in deep humility and repentance they must admit that God loves them DESPITE who they are.  They’re sinners who’ve had the price of their redemption paid in full by Jesus’ blood.  And it was an actual payment, not a hypothetical one that’s only applied if we “name it and claim it.” We can’t push Jesus aside, seat ourselves on Gods throne and legalistically “plead the blood” as a formula for protection or deliverance.  In fact, Scripture contains no record of phrases like these ever being used by the apostles, prophets or any other believer, because they’re borderline blasphemy.  

Jesus pleads His blood for the sheep (Jn10:15) and even said, “I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given Me; for they are Thine” (Jn.17:9).  His prayers for His people cannot fail and He keeps their faith from failing (Luke 22:32).  Jesus’ blood covers ALL the sins of those He died for (past, present and future), including the sin of unbelief.  So that those God has ordained to eternal life are enabled to believe through grace (Acts 13:48, 18:27).  All glory goes to God the Father Who arranged salvation, God the Son Who accomplished it, and God the Holy Spirit Who applies it!!   

So remember friend, God doesn’t begin the work of salvation and expect us to finish it.  The song Amazing Grace doesn’t say, “I’ve kept from losing my salvation thus far,” but it does say, “Twas grace that bro’t me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” And if you truly want to sing it in sincerity, you must come “unto Him that is able to keep you from falling”——-for God saves to the uttermost (Jude 24, 25)!!

Sis Lee Anne—–readers with questions or comments are free to contact me at gospel4life@live.com