THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
What's the difference between an outspoken unbeliever who does not read the Bible,
and the "Christian" who does not read the Bible?
What's the difference between an atheist who speaks openly against the church,
and a "Christian" who is always speaking of the faults of the church?
What's the difference between an atheist who witnesses against the church,
and a "Christian" who does not witness for the church?
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Christ's creative work in mankind gave man the power to will, and the power to do.
In His creative process, God granted mankind the power of will and performance.
If man does not want his will changed, no one can change it.
If man does not want to act, none can cause him to act.
It is God's power, given over to mankind, to determine his/her own desire and to act upon that determination.
Christ's redemptive work in the world today is to initiate a desire in man to USE that power to "do of HIS good pleasure."
If a person is not saved (born again - having received God's Holy Spirit),
then he/she doesn't WILL to ACT upon God's "good pleasure."
If a person is saved (born again - having received God's Holy Spirit),
then God's Spirit constantly initiates the desire within that person to "will and to do of HIS good pleasure."
FIRST, God's redemptive work in the world points to the fact that man is a sinner in need of a Savior.
Rom 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;".
SECOND, Christ's redemptive work in the world points to surrender of will and performance to Christ for salvation.
Luke 9:23 says, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."
John 14:6 says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
THIRD, Christ's redemptive work in the surrendered sinner is to influence the saved person's will to perform according to God's "good pleasure."
God is ALWAYS working toward the salvation of man, and the works of salvation through man.
Some receive, some don't.
Some act, some don't.
Matt 12:30 says, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."
What's the difference?
SURRENDER to JESUS is the difference!