JOHN 17: The Lord Prays for those whom the Father has given to him:

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that thy Son also may glorify thee:  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.  And this is life eternal, that they may know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.

It is clear by the wording of the Scripture above, that Jesus Christ is the giver of eternal life. It is equally clear that those to whom Christ gives eternal life, are none but whom the Father has given to Him.  It is clear as well that all power was given Christ in heaven and on earth, over all flesh, for the express purpose of giving eternal life to those whom the Father has given him.  To deny those things, or to assign other meaning to that particular Scripture, is an affront to Almighty God, who works all things after the counsel of his will.

Why then do some people object to the sovereignty of God, claiming responsibility, and ability to have a part in a salvation that purportedly helps God Almighty save them (think of the absurdity of that!)   Prayerful reading of the New Testament, should be enough in itself, for the Holy Spirit to work the truth into deluded souls.  Why then, do people usurp the authority of God, and claim for themselves that which belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ alone; and that is “to give eternal life to as many” as God the Father has given him?  It’s because much of Christendom is trapped in Synergistic confusion and tradition that is nothing less than rank heresy.

Read the New Testament.  The testimony of Jesus Christ and all the apostles is clear.  Our Lord prays for his own; he seeks his own; he saves his own.  He will come back to take his own to be with him where he is.  “How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!  What more can he say than to you he hath said.  Than to you who for refuge to Jesus  have fled?” (Based on 2 Timothy 2:19; Hebrews 13:5; Isaiah 43:1,2)

With love from a sinner saved by sovereign grace!




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