Thursday, July 29

Electing Love - Not A Violation of Man's Will

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.” — John 6:37

Many a curious soul has stumbled over the doctrine of God's electing grace. But with more consideration, they need not do so. Further, they will miss one of the most Christ-exalting, God-glorifying, and humanity-enhancing truths in all of Scripture! We need God's overwhelming grace to bring us to himself (1 Peter 3:18). Hear what Spurgeon pens regarding the above verse in John 6:
Oh! the power and majesty which rest in the words “shall come.” He does not say they have power to come, nor they may come if they will, but they “shall come.” The Lord Jesus doth by his messengers, his word, and his Spirit, sweetly and graciously compel men to come in that they may eat of his marriage supper; and this he does, not by any violation of the free agency of man, but by the power of his grace. I may exercise power over another man’s will, and yet that other man’s will may be perfectly free, because the constraint is exercised in a manner accordant with the laws of the human mind. Jehovah Jesus knows how, by irresistible arguments addressed to the understanding, by mighty reasons appealing to the affections, and by the mysterious influence of his Holy Spirit operating upon all the powers and passions of the soul, so to subdue the whole man, that whereas he was once rebellious, he yields cheerfully to his government, subdued by sovereign love [emphasis mine]. But how shall those be known whom God hath chosen? By this result: that they do willingly and joyfully accept Christ, and come to him with simple and unfeigned faith, resting upon him as all their salvation and all their desire. Reader, have you thus come to Jesus?

Spurgeon, C. H. (2006). Morning and evening : Daily readings (Complete and unabridged; New modern edition.). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.
Is this not why Paul, after penning those mighty words of Romans chapters 1-11 felt that he MUST exult: Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (11:33) A saying my Dad had in his Bible many years ago, was: "They who know Him best, fear Him most." Well said, for those who know best their own depravity, do exult that much more in the face of God's magnanimity. Thus, "Amazing" grace!

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