For a while now this has been an issue that I have studied and contemplated upon. What role does man play in His salvation? Does man have a choice in regard to his salvation? Is there by any chance a role that man plays in regards to his salvation? Lets find out.
Man’s Salvation by Grace.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Grace according to the Bible is unmerited favor of God toward man. We do not deserve God’s forgiveness of our sins yet He has pardoned all of our sins.
First, is that man by his own ability cannot save himself and there is not a single chance that we will find salvation by our own means.
Rom. 8:7, “because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so.” It’s through Jesus Christ only can we receive our salvation. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Definitely I would be blinded by sin to the gift of Salvation by Grace. More so it would appear as foolishness to man as Paul talk of in 1 Corinthians 2:14
Secondly, God draws mankind to himself. We see this in John 6:44, where Jesus says, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” also John 6:65, “And He was saying, ‘For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.’”
Third, God through the Holy Spirit work in us to convict us of sin, of the judgement of sin and of righteousness. John 16:8-11, When he comes, he will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment—of sin, because they don’t believe in me; of righteousness, because I’m going to the Father and you will no longer see me; and of judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. The Holy Spirit guides us to the truth that is salvation by grace as a gift. He guides and leads us to Jesus Christ, the only one who takes away our sins and gives us eternal life. He (The Holy Spirit) directs us to the knowledge of the fallen state of mankind and awakens the desire to be set free from sin through Jesus Christ. In essence, The Holy Spirit has full control of the process of mans conversion
Man’s free will
In all this where is man’s free will? Rev 3:20,
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. After God has worked on you by the Holy Spirit, you are at a crossroad now, do you follow Christ or do you continue wallowing in your sinful despair? do you come to eternal light or remain in the darkness? Do you make an about turn or continue going straight to eternal condemnation? Do you turn to the narrow road or keep on the wide road that lead to death? Jesus is at the door will you open it? It is for you to make that decision to follow Jesus or not to follow Him. That’s where your free will comes in. God has worked everything for it’s only for you to accept the free gift of salvation.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live. You either choose life or death.
Trying to understand man’s free will in regard to God’s sovereignty has been so challenging. I believe that being a christian my free will is encapsulated in God’s will. For every plan, every direction that I do it has to be in accordance with the will of God.
Be free to comment and let me know of what you think.