All of God
Salvation is wholly of God.
God from eternity past chose to save some from this fallen mass of humanity. Ephesians chapter 1 clearly shows this.
Even the sacrifices in the Old Testiment were not for all people. They were for the children of Israel. They were for a select few. The blood was shed for only a small percentage of the human race. And this is a picture of the Gospel, “…how that Christ died for our sins” (I Corinthians 15:3-4).
To say that Christ died for all men is totally contrary to what the Bible teaches. John 10 says that Christ laid down His life “for the sheep”, not the goats.
Christ’s blood was not shed in vain but rather was effectual to the salvation of those whom the Father was pleased to elect from eternity past.
In actuality the way that most preachers talk about Christ is that He is no more than a mere weakling standing off in a corner hoping and pleading that men and women would choose Him. But that kind of christ is not able to save anyone. In fact that kind of thinking makes man more sovereign than Christ. In other words it is the natural man’s reasoning which believes that Christ wants to save all men but it is up to man to make his own decision. And he believes that man can actually say no to what Christ really wants to do, which, as I said previously, makes man more sovereign than Christ.
This my friends is a perversion of the true Gospel.
This man-centered theology is totally contrary to Scripture. Man cannot make a decision to choose God. Man cannot “will” himself to be saved. A sinner professes Christ only after the Spirit regenerates his dead soul. But false religion today teaches exactly the opposite. It teaches that a man’s salvation happens as the result of his decision.
John 1:13 says that if a sinner is saved, he is born “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
And God says again in Romans 9:16 that salvation “is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” He also says in the preceding verse, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
Salvation, my friends, is wholly of God from beginning to end.
By Donald Bell