Quote of the day – Dr Luther



John 1:10-13

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10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

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John 6:44-45

44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.


I truly love the book from which this quote was taken. It is a Biblical argument against free-will. For me as a former Catholic, it was a soothing balm. 


Portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach, via Wikimedia Commons

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Dr Martin Luther

The Bondage of the Will (Grand Rapids: Revell, 1957), 313-314.

I frankly confess that, for myself, even if it could be, I should not want ‘free-will’ to be given me, nor anything to be left in my own hands to enable me to endeavour after salvation; not merely because in face of so many dangers, and adversities and assaults of devils, I could not stand my ground and hold fast my ‘free-will ‘ (for one devil is stronger than all men, and on these terms no man could be saved); but because, even were there no dangers, adversities, and devils, I should still be forced to labour with no guarantee of success, and to beat my fists in the air. If I lived and worked to all eternity, my conscience would never reach comfortable certainty as to how much it must do to satisfy God. Whatever work I had done, there would still be a nagging doubt [scrupulus] as to whether it pleased God, or whether He required something more. The experience of all who seek righteousness by works proves that; and I learned it well enough myself over a period of many years, to my own great hurt. But now that God has taken my salvation out of the control of my own will, and put it under the control of His, and promised to save me, not according to my working or running, but according to His own grace and mercy, I have the comfortable certainty that He is faithful and will not lie to me, and that He is also great and powerful, so that no devils or opposition can break Him or pluck me from Him. ‘No one,’ He says, ‘shall pluck them out of my hand because my Father which gave them me is greater than all: (John 10.28-29). Thus it is that, if not all yet some, indeed many, are saved; whereas, by the power of ‘free-will ‘ none at all could be saved, but every one of us would perish.

Furthermore, I have the comfortable certainty that I please God, not by reason of the merit of my works, but by reason of His merciful favour promised to me; so that, if I work too little, or badly, He does not impute it to me, but with fatherly compassion pardons me and makes me better. This is the glorying of all the saints in their God.


 

37 thoughts on “Quote of the day – Dr Luther

  1. So we have no free will once we come to Christ, or is it that we never had free will? This discussion is as old as the Church I would have to believe, but taking you side of the issue what does it say to us about God when I fall into sin, say like David did when he committed sin with Bathsheba and then had Uriah killed? And what does it say about God when Hitler slaughtered Jews and Christians. And what does it say about God when the Antichrist comes on the scene at some future date, you know the one who Paul said that Jesus will destroy with the breath of His Coming.
    12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
    I must ask what it means for you and I to be given “the right to become children of God” not before but after we are born of God. What does that right imply? There is no reason to trust in ourselves after we have found God or we could say after He called us and we then believed. And as far as I can tell there is no free will sin that we could commit that He is not willing to forgive. After all it has already been paid for. But there is one sin that God will not forgive and that Jesus says is the sin against His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is more powerful than all the Devils of hell, and unless we grieve Him they have no place in our lives. He will convict us of sin and lead us into all truth. There is only one sin that Jesus has shown that will give Satan power over us and that is the sin of unbelief or failure to abide in Him. He tells us that denying Him is that sin, for it leads to unbelief. The Olive tree is Paul’s example to us of what it means for one who is in God’s family to give up on their belief, which I believe is an obvious rejection of the Holy Spirits leading in ones life. The sin against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven in this life or in the life to come. The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to keep us in Him. Paul says if we deny Him, He will deny us. He goes on to say but He is faithful and cannot deny Himself. He is the truth , and the Word of God. He will not deny His word which is truth. So again the question — why has He given us the right to become the sons of God? What does that mean?
    Jerry Parks

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      • I agree, Maria! But I also believe there is also the last Pope who will be the culmination of all evil throughout human history when Satan fills him and he becomes the Antichrist of Jacob’s Trouble. No, not wanting a debate friend…I liked your comment for it is true, but I wanted to clarify my position.

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          • Good points. But in preparing for the book I wrote, I found that there is more to the Satanic influence on mankind then just the papal system. The progressive movement today that is behind the one World government plans has its DNA spread throughout the western government’s of the world. And then there is the United Nations, what role will it play? The revelation of who this one is seems to be one of The signs that we are at the very end of this age. This according to Our Lord and the Apostle Paul, and then of course there is the Revelation which has about as Manet [many] interpretations as there are sects within the church. So when we see him revealed in the Temple, which is also a disputed subject, I will remain noncommittal.

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              • Maria, I have researched the subject of biblical prophecy for years. I attended Liberty University and found their explanations to be lacking in Scriptural support. I broadened my studies into the Preterist and Reformed areas and found elements of Scriptural truth just as I had done within dispensational Theology, but not satisfactory answers which would elliminate what were obvious conflicts with scripture itself. I researched the history of the church concerning the systematic theologies and their development, I prayed a lot seeking answers. My first book was published in 1991 and titled, False Security, Has the New Age Given Us False Hope?, I found that the Scripture itself became the best resource for interpreting God’s message for our time in His plan. By the way the “His” referencing the Antichrist in my above post should not be capitalized. Sorry. Hope this answers you question. My adoption as a son placing me in Christ is my most prized credential. I would be happy to mail you a free copy of the book. You can email me your address at:andthenmessiahshallcome@gmail.com

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              • Jerry, thank you for taking time to explain your background! I like what you said here – “My adoption as a son placing me in Christ is my most prized credential.” Amen!

                What I will do is go to your blog and read more. Thanks for the kind offer of a copy of your book! Let me read more at your blog first. God bless you, brother!

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              • Thanks Maria, actually I must believe in what I’m doing, and therefore believe that each article that I post is significant to the truth of scripture, but these I will list for you and anyone reading as being foundational to the actual articles on my post Trib Belief. The posts to reference regarding the book theme
                THE ANCIENT JEWISH WEDDING — how does it effect prophecy? June 12,17

                The Valley of Decision. June 19,17

                The Fall Feasts and The Coming of Messiah. Aug 11, 2017

                Is The Great Tribulation Really God’s Wrath — is it really the wrath that we will not see? Aug 11,2017

                The Church — Did it really just start at Pentecost? Sept 18, 2017

                A Look inside The Preterist Thinking on Prophecy. Oct 17, 2017

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            • Jerry, I found this about your book at Amazon:

              And Then the End Shall Come by Jerry Parks

              “What did Jesus mean when He promised to be with us until the end of the age? What age? What do the scriptures say about this, and what does this mean for the timing of the Rapture? And how will it answer Jesus’ John 17 prayer in making ready the World and the Bride? What will be the impact of the decisions current and past being made by the US on the church and Israel? And Then the End Shall Come will uncover for you God’s DNA on the history of this age and its impact on our days in history, which are the times and seasons of the end of this age and of the age to come. The book will answer for you the time of the fulfillment of the three unanswered prayers for our day recorded in scripture. It will remove from you the cloud of darkness which now covers the timing of the gathering of His saints. It will reveal to you the nations, including the United States, who already are and will continue to play a role in end of the age prophecies.”

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    • Free will was lost in the Garden upon eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam discovered that he had knowledge of good but he could not do it and he had knowledge of evil but he could not avoid doing it. Hence, the loss of his free will-would anyone want to do evil if he had the free will to choose? That is what the Fall is about-the loss of free will to do good in God’s sight.

      You ask, “what does it say about God…”. That His ways are higher than our ways. That He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy. That He will, in the end of all human history receive glory for all that has occurred on earth, good or bad. What does it say about God when He took our sins upon Himself at the cross? Why did He permit, nay, ordain that such evil should happen to His only begotten Son, His beloved Son? God reveals how evil evil can become for the sake of the salvation of a few, and that the many who reject Him inspite of seeing the evilest of evil will have no excuse. And even after all of this I’ve said, it only scratches the surface of why God allows such evil for His wisdom is too far above ours-ours is as foolishness comparatively. He will show that there is no injustice with Him.

      You also said, “…taking your side of the issue…” as if it is an opinion and not God’s Word. You can kick against the goads but it is His Word you really kick against though you may not realize it. I’ve said all that you have said, too, about free will and God’s character apart from it, and wanted to share what God has taught me about free will, that is, that we do not have free will to do good when want to nor do we have free will to not do the evil…”Oh wretched man that I am!” Praise God that His promise of redemption has been since the Garden through His Seed! \o/

      Besides, I can see from the free will side of it that God is put under man’s “free will choices” and indebted to him…God forbid! Praises to Him that that is not so!

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      • Sherry if free will was lost in the Garden upon eating the forbidden fruit, then why was it not regained for us when our Lord died on the cross to purchase us back. Using your logic: would anyone want to do evil if he had the free will to choose? We would need to consider would God want us to commit evil if He has taken total control of our actions? Certainly if we would not want to do evil, then God would not want us to do evil. Yet James says that we are tempted as Believers by our own lust.
        Let no one say when he is tempted, “ I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
        James 1:13-14

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        • Jerry, I hope it’s okay if I also reply here.

          The results of Adam’s fall reach even to the point of our desires, that is, we no longer desire to love God and do good. The Lord Jesus Christ, the second Adam, fulfilled the law and also died for us. This was our state in Adam:

          Romans 3

          10 As it is written:

          “There is none righteous, no, not one;
          11 There is none who understands;
          There is none who seeks after God.
          12 They have all turned aside;
          They have together become unprofitable;
          There is none who does good, no, not one.”
          13 “Their throat is an open tomb;
          With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
          “The poison of asps is under their lips”;
          14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
          15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
          16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
          17 And the way of peace they have not known.”
          18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

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          • Maria, I understand what it is your saying. In the fall we all became blinded by our sin, but the preaching of the good news gave us a window into truth. Paul says faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God, and then he says without a preacher how can they hear? Your point is that before Christ no man could choose for himself. And in this sense we can agree that without God’s truth no man can possibly change, but I cannot agree that God is responsible for the lack of the preaching of the truth to all mankind. I have to believe that this condition exists because even redeemed men have not heeded God’s call to go because of their fallen nature and their continuing ability to choose wrong over God’s perfect way. God will judge mankind in the end not Himself for the actions which were of man’s own choosing.

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  2. The Three Solas
    1 Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”)
    2.Sola fide (“by faith alone”)
    3 Sola gratia (“by grace alone”)
    The Five Solas
    4. Solus Christus or Solo Christo (“Christ alone” or “through Christ alone”)
    5 Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”)

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