“The transformation of persecuting Saul of Tarsus into the apostle Paul is a typical instance of the work of Grace in the heart.”

Thanks for posting this, Michael!


Michael Jeshurun 

When presented with the method of salvation of God’s people in the scriptures whether it be Lydia or Paul, the haters of Sovereign Grace and the Total Depravity of man always retort saying, “Oh but those were stray instances you are quoting. Yes the Lord may have opened Lydia’s heart (Acts 16:14) to believe, but the rest of us are required to open the door of our own hearts and accept Christ! Yes the Lord arrested the Christ hating Saul of Tarsus and made him a Christian almost against his will, but the rest of us are required to choose Christ by exercising our own free-will!”


Here’s what the Apostle himself says of the Lord’s dealings with him – “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ…

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  1. I absolutely agree on this one.
    Rom 3.10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
    We cannot seek God, in and of ourselves. Not until God quickens our spirit with His can our eyes be opened.

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  2. Maria you know that Paul being a pattern of God’s grace for man’s future salvation does not change two basic facts of scripture. Paul was a sinner (all men are sinners). Jesus came to save sinners.
    And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
    1 Timothy 1:12-13 KJV
    Jesus, prayed to the Father, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. All who Jesus prayed for there on the cross were guilty of this same ignorance and unbelief, Paul was one of them, but Jesus didn’t pray just for Paul did He?
    This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
    1 Timothy 1:15,2:4 KJV
    Was what Jesus said on the cross in opposition to what the Father told Him?
    Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
    John 14:23-24 KJV
    Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
    John 14:10 KJV
    Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children (by) Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
    Ephesians 1:1,4-5,7,10 KJV
    If Jesus taught us that we are to love even our enemies how is it that He did not love His? If He did love His enemies how is it that He did not offer them His grace whereby they might be saved?
    If God knows the hearts of man, and there was no one — not even David who had a heart of his in free will after God, should He not then be justified in destroying the earth? Why was Noah the only man who found grace in the eyes of the Lord in his day? Could it be that all willfully did evil in the sight of the Lord?
    And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
    Genesis 6:5-6,12 KJV
    Why was God grieved over man whom He created to only be able to cause Him grief? “All flesh had corrupted his way”.
    Is it not possible that predestination exists along side men with a free will when enlightened to seek God over the world?
    Though it may be true that no man can come to Christ unless the Father call him; it also would seem equally true that God would refuse no man who by his own will would seek after Him. And though it may be true that only God can sustain us in Salvation; yet it also must be true that God will thrust him into the lake of fire who of his own will would deny Him who had called him to this salvation. God looks upon the heart of man for what reason? Jesus came to seek that which was lost.


    • Jerry, first I can’t in good conscience toward God and His Word be moved from the position of grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God alone. Should I be moved away from what the Lord has taught me by His Spirit in His Word? Should I be tossed about by every wind of doctrine or be like these women?

      2 Timothy 3
      6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

      You wrote, “If Jesus taught us that we are to love even our enemies how is it that He did not love His? If He did love His enemies how is it that He did not offer them His grace whereby they might be saved?”

      Jerry, there are different kinds of love, right? He makes the sun shine upon the righteous and the wicked. But not every one is His child.

      You wrote, “Though it may be true that no man can come to Christ unless the Father call him; it also would seem equally true that God would refuse no man who by his own will would seek after Him.”

      It isn’t that it “may be true” but that it is true. Both are true.

      John 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.”

      John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.

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  3. Maria, I have pondered this article for some time now, and it grieves me in my heart to have men called Grace haters who take every word of God seriously, ponder it, study it, and apply it as God in His grace allows. The Apostle Paul tells us to make our calling and election sure. This word of God to us, too, is because of God’s grace, for were we to have no part in the acceptance of so great a salvation we would need no such admonition, but should we have even the most minor part of exercising belief in God’s word manifest in His Son; then this admonition cannot be left out, for to do so would place our calling in Great jeopardy. Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him as righteousness.
    I’m sure that you are aware that faith, without which we cannot please God, is not only a gift to us from God, but it is also a fruit of the Spirit. Jesus told us to abide in Him otherwise we cannot bear fruit, and if we do not bear fruit — faith being a fruit, we will be cut off as a branch which bears no fruit to be cast into the fire and burned. David said take not Thy Holy Spirit from me, why? — without His Holy Spirit fruit ceases. And though it is true that that fruit cannot be produced without Him, it is also true that if we do not abide in Him, believe in Him, as the word of God who He is, then we can bear no faith. Make your calling and election sure. As Paul also said: “In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
    1 Timothy 4:6,8,14-16
    My only question to you is this — if Paul’s meaning as understood by Michael J. is as he states it why is Timothy’s own salvation and that of his hearers dependent upon his doctrine and teaching?

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  4. Ps., Maria, please don’t think that you will offend me by deleting this post. Nor do you need to answer it. But I wanted you to know my heart on this. This is not to start an argument or to prove someone right or wrong. It is simply my belief that all of scripture is given by God for…. you know the rest.

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    • Jerry, my feeling is that you might pray about talking to this blogger who has slandered many brothers and sisters by calling them “grace haters.”

      There are other things that might be helpful for you in examining the doctrine of election, sovereign grace. It divides people almost as much or maybe more than eschatology. See what the confessions say – from 16th and 17th centuries – about the means the Lord uses to save and to preserve us so that the golden chain of Romans 8 comes to fruition in our glorification.

      God bless you. The Lord will reward your labor of love and work of faith, Jerry.

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      • Good word and advice Maria. And let me say that I do understand what you say concerning the divisiveness. This is why I and so many others try to understand these to seemingly conflicting ideas presented in scripture between predestination and the falling from the faith. I don’t know exactly what will happen when this system of Antichrist is actually allowed control by God. But what has happened already as a prelude are the beheadings and killings and yes some renouncing their faith.
        My brother a pastor had a very special relationship with a Chinese missionary couple years ago who had escaped Chinese communism’s take over. They saw the effects of the persecution and the falling away spoken of in scripture. They were called to a ministry in America to awaken us to the truths being revealed in China.
        I do not believe the Bible teaches that we fall from grace each time we sin. All sin is covered by What Jesus did for us on the cross, except one. If a believer in order to save his life here fears man more than he fears God and denies the blood that bought him he is no better than that portion of Israel who divorced herself from His word and His offer of salvation in the Old Testament. Our salvation is stated in scripture as being past, present and future. It is this future promise of Salvation that is our blessed hope, when Messiah appears. Should we deny this hope at any point before this hope is realized we shall not be among the elect. Our salvation is not dependent upon us, but we can give it away as did the branches of Israel who were cut off. Our trust must be in God alone no matter what happens to our flesh in this life. In Christ alone do I have this hope, outside there is no hope. The day will come when these concepts will be tested and only God and His word will be proven to be true.
        God bless you my sister, I will pray about what you asked.

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