Wednesday, October 15, 2008

...the creature does not counsel the Creator

Read Ephesians 1:4-14 to see the foundation of the Word of God in these powerful words below:

"For it is utterly impossible that any finite cause, created power, or anything out of God himself, should primarily move and incline the eternal, immutable, uncreated, omnipotent will of God. The true original and prime motive of all gracious, bountiful expressions and effusions of love upon his elect, is the good pleasure of his will. And therefore to hold that election to life is made upon foresight of faith, good works the right use of free will, or any created motive, is not only false and wicked, but also ignorant and absurd tenet. To say no more at this time, it robs God of his all-sufficiency, making him go out of himself, looking to this or that in the creature, upon which his will may be determined to elect." -ROBERT BOLTON


dogpreacher said...

AMEN!....should I say that again?...AMEN!!

When preaching this text, I read...then re-read, then say, "for the ones who didn't catch that yet, let's read it again!" GOD has caused it to an be effective method!

God speed,

Anonymous said...

Powerful words for sure! When will we cease trying to make God fit into our 'sensibilities' and 'preferences' and allow Him to be who He is? Simple and true...

Jeremy Weaver said...

How can it be any other way? I would never choose God. I'm glad He chose me.
Good quote.

pilgrim said...

It's not something I would ever invent.

I remember reading this passage and having light bulbs go on.

It is a passage we need to repeat--it's so easy to gloss over it.

Excellent quote as well.
I love Ephesians.

Bhedr said...

I expected to see you commenting first on it Dog. I hear ya. Let it be noted again that I agree with what is said here. I am bound by His Sovereignty and I am bound by His word. IOW, I would...Ye would not cannot be disected, although I know nothing can resist His will. I cannot figure it out as much as I try. i am also bound by other texts as well and I simply yeild to what is said and don't try to explain everything. We are given sight to the blueprint but not His complete revelation.

S.K. Schultz said...

that made me think of something Spurgeon said "Some men hate the doctrin of Divine Sovereignty; but those who are called by Grace love it, for they feel, if it had not been for sovereignty, they never would have been saved.


tm said...

Analytically, that's suspect reasoning. No one doubts that God could circumvent free will. The corollary to God's omnipotence is his ability to vest the power of causality in other free wills subjecto to his pleasure. Logically, then, the fact of God's omnipotence doesn't address the existence of our free will and our ability to choose salvation.

Bolton's words sound purty, but they don't engage the problem.

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Michele Rayburn said...

A dead person cannot make himself alive.

Ephesians 2:1-9 says, "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins...But God...even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)...

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God..."

It is by His grace that we are made alive. So, it is by His grace that we are saved.

gigantor1231 said...


There is nothing of me! Nothing!!