Who deserves the glory in the redemption of sinners?
The world believes that man has the right to choose or reject God’s plan for every single individual, and if a man by his own free will chooses to receive Christ as his personal saviour, and becomes a Christian, Jesus should get the glory but that man must “make a decision” to accept Him.
In essence, this is saying that Christ wants to save every man, but cannot unless each man helps God accomplish it.
Does not this wicked thinking attempt to make God Almighty to be nothing more than a feeble beggar?
If, on the other hand, is it not God Omnipotent that has purposed to show mercy on whomsoever He will (Romans 9:15); has elected a people from the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4); has by imputation charged the guilt of all those elect to His Son, imputing the righteousness of his Son to those particular sinners (2 Corinthians 5:21); and has forever put away their sin in the sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:26).
Then is it not God that should receive the glory for that salvation. So, if a man must glory, let him glory in the Lord . . . because ultimately, that is Who shall receive all honor, glory, and praise (Philippians 2:10-11).
By Marvin Stalnaker