THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT ON OUR OWN WE HAVE NO ABILITY TO CHANGE:
The Old Testament is consistent with the New.
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. (Job 14:4)
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (Matt 7)
Belief in Christ, God the incarnate, is a good thing…is it not? If what the Bible teaches about our fallen nature in Adam we cannot bring forth any “good fruit” including belief.
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. (Matt 12:33)
Again, Christ supports what is called “Calvinism.” NO MAN can come, that means no one is able, to come to Christ for salvation.
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. (John 6:44)
All that are drawn are drawn to Christ for salvation and not just a chance for salvation. In John 6 Christ tells us that He will raise up all those who are drawn and the context is unto salvation.
And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (John 6:65)
Only through Christ’s drawing can we find salvation. There is nothing good in us, no good fruit, and no prevenient grace offered. Only the goodness of God in the salvation of sinners.
Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Ro 11)
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor 2:14)
It is the pure grace of God alone that makes one differ from another. We cannot discern spiritual matters without God making a change, a difference in us, and this change allows us to believe. Ask yourself,
For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? (1 Cor 4:7)
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; (2 Cor 4:7)
WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT GOD’S CHOICE IN SALVATION:
Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Only the Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day. (Deut 10)
If Israel was chosen under the old covenant of works to be a special people unto God why would God not operate the same way in the new? Let’s be consistent folks. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. His will shall be done, not ours.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. (Psa 33:12)
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. (Psa 65:4)
That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance. (Psa 106:5)
In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts. (Hag 2:23)
The Son must reveal Himself to be known.
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. (Matt 11)
Many are called through the preaching of the Gospel but the Son only reveals Himself to the chosen. This teaching should shatter any spiritual pride a person might hold to, it should make us burry our faces in the dust and weep with joy for what Christ has done for us. Even though we are desperately wicked and deserve Hell God has chosen some for salvation. Isn’t that mind blowing? That should make you drop to your knees in prayer and thanksgiving.
For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matt 22)
The flesh finds this teaching repugnant and people will reject this idea just as they did when Christ preached it. Keep reading…
When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way. (Matt 22)
More scripture from the Epistles about being chosen or elect.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Ro 8)
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. (Ro 8)
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. (Ro 11:28)
Speaking to the chosen:
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (Col 3:12)
Those whom were chosen, elect, those who the Son revealed Himself to were not appointed to wrath but salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Thes 5:9)
Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; (Tit 1:1)
The Triune God of scripture is free from all limitations. God does not learn, God’s knowledge is not limited by the creatures free will, God does what He likes freely. That is without compulsion or without outside determinative influence.
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. (1 Pet 1:1-2)
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; (1 Pet 2:8-9)
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Rev 17:4)
Yours in the Lord,