by Mike Ratliff
30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV)
There are so many who want to attack the teachings I post with their extra-biblical arguments, which are mostly based in tradition. There are many topics where the numbers of those doing this drop drastically, but when it comes to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and how it relates to what is hot in the visible church “right now” like “missional” stuff my spam bucket seems to fill up fast.
The Bible clearly shows us that God is sovereign, completely sovereign, in salvation, not the person. Let us ask some questions and then answer them scripturally. I will ask a few questions then list the answers by linking to scripture so you can go there and prayerfully read it yourself.
“Did God sovereignly elect us and save us? Or did He act in accord with what He knew we would do? In other words, “Who makes the first move?”
God wills John 1:12-13; Eph. 1:5, 11
God draws John 6:44
God grants John 6:65
God appoints Acts 13:48; 1 Thess. 5:9
God predestines Rom. 8:29; Eph. 1:5, 11
God prepares Rom. 9:23
God causes 1 Cor. 1:30
God chooses 1 Thess. 1:4; 2 Thess. 2:13; Eph. 1:4
God purposes Eph. 1:11
God delivers and transfers Col. 1:13
God saves 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5
God makes us alive Eph. 2:5
God pours out His Spirit Titus 3:6
God brings us forth James 1:18
God justifies Rom. 8:30; Titus 3:7
God sanctifies 1 Thess. 5:23
God glorifies Rom. 8:3
The passages above summarize what Sacred Scripture teaches about God’s role in salvation. If you have taken an honest look at these passages then you have seen that God is the ‘first cause’ or initiator of a believer’s salvation.
Soli Deo Gloria!