The will

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  1. ian vincent Says:

    “From the moment he is born again no child of God is bound to sin; on the other hand neither is he bound not to sin, neither is he forced to live in righteousness all his days. He has been born of God’s purpose that He should sin no more, but as with Adam (both first and second) he is left free to sin if he chooses.
    The new birth is in sinlessness, it consists in the re-creation of the spirit and the reclamation of the soul and the reformation of the whole moral nature. At that moment the will is unshackled, the body is quickened and newness of life commences, the man is redeemed and set free to obey God.
    He is not made free from sin for any other reason; this is God’s love-gift to him, it is eternal life. But he is not forced to obey God, God does not want slavery in His kingdom — everything must be done voluntarily. Because this is so the possibility that a man may lapse back into the old Adam state at any time remains; if he does not
    obey God it is inevitable that he will do so.

    This cannot happen accidentally — sin is not inevitable for the saint. Being made free from sin he can keep free from sin by choice. A phrase borrowed from Oswald Chambers puts this more perfectly: he says that growth is by ‘a series of moral choices’; this is why in regeneration a man’s whole moral nature is renewed.

    God makes men free; the only bond God forges round a man is holy love. God wants the love of free moral agents; for this a man must bind himself to God in faithfulness as Christ did — this alone is freedom. Every man wishing to do this will receive grace from God to do it; this is man’s righteousness. This is the reason why Christ’s righteousness is first imputed and then imparted to men. The righteousness of the man Jesus hinged upon His moral choices. He chose to obey God. This basic original and accumulated righteousness of Christ became the ground of our salvation. The accumulated righteousness of His constant obedience as a man — even unto death — added to His innate righteousness as being one of the persons of God, secured regeneration for us.

    – G.W. North.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    “It’s by God’s sovereign grace alone that He grants the ability to choose Him.

    It’s by His sovereign authority alone that He delegates the ability to reject that grace.

    And it’s in His sovereign will alone that these two doctrines find resolution …

    Rather than some false claim that we have any autonomous “rights” against Him.”

    – Jim Wright

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