First let me say this, when I hear a Preacher say come to Christ, except Christ, run to Christ and be saved… I say Amen to that! The bible talks about coming to Him for salvation, for there is no other name under heaven by which a man can be saved Acts 4:12. I also believe the bible teaches humans responsibility that we’re called to come to Christ. That we are ambassadors for Christ and we need to beg people to be reconciled to Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20 So I get that!
After just leaving Romans 8 the great chapter on the security of the believers, where Paul states in Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Then closes the chapter with those great verses on the golden chain of redemption Romans 8:28-31 and nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 8:39.
We find ourselves in Romans 9 and after reading this Chapter a bazillion times I am convinced there is now the doctrine of FREE WILL! Romans 9 is often called a very difficult Chapter in Romans, not difficult to understand, but difficult to except that God is a choosing God. We will say what about us and our free will?
He Saved us
Well! I’ve learned that God is a selective God, He is a elective God and He is a sovereign God. His sovereign plans never included all the descendants of Abraham, Just a remnant. He said ”I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” Romans 9:16 “says So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.” God has always had a line of blessing and promises, Isaac not Ismael, Jacob not Esau. So much more here in Romans 9, but look back at Romans 9:11 speaking of Jacob and Esau, for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,
In the New Testament that call is a efficacious call, the called (Kletos) are those who have been summoned by God, called according to His purpose Romans 8:28 Jesus said in John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; The called come for they are the Elect of God.
But if I have learned one thing we can’t come to Christ without first having faith to come, because we are dead in our trespasses and sin Ephesians 2:1 and that faith is a gift from God Ephesians 2:8, 9. How do we come? John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. We need to be born from above John 3:3 John 3:8 and it’s the Spirit that gives life John 6:63. Regeneration needs to proceed faith for us to seek the things of God.
In case you didn’t hear Jesus the first time He said in John 6:65 “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”
Its interesting that the word granted (δίδωμι [didomi) in John 6:65 means (to bestow a gift) Calvin writes “Unless it be given him by my Father. He now uses the word give instead of the word which he formerly used, draw; by which he means that there is no other reason why God draws, than because out of free grace he loves us; for what we obtain by the gift and grace of God, no man procures for himself by his own industry (determination).” In other words Own free will!
Back to John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.
So when the Gospel of Jesus Christ goes out, I say Amen, come and drink of the living water and Jesus said “the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” Because He chose you before the foundation of the earth to be His in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 1:4
You see, I believe in free will, but just not ours!
But His, God’s sovereign free will to save those who are His.
So come and be saved!
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria