Most of us do not want to admit how horrible we truly are. We want to be in control of our destiny. The problem is we would choose wrong every time if not for God's mercy acting on us.
If you are now or have ever been part of Christ, then you were placed there by God the Father when He gave you to His Son. And never forget, just a few verses before this Jesus said, "I will never cast you out!"
Rather than being upset that we have no control, perhaps we should be thankful that God is fully in control, and we are safe in His love.
God has done everything that a person dead in sins cannot do. He has made them alive in Christ. A person that still refuses to follow without God moving first just doesn't get it.
1st John Series • 9. Tadpoles and Frogs – 1st John 3:4-10 The nature of man without God is dead in sin and serves only sin. An unregenerate person is “committed” to sinning. But when a child of God is born again, the person now has within him the nature of Christ and now has two natures. Elder Bryce concludes this message with the charge to live like Christ by breathing in love and living out that love. This sermon was preached on February 28, 2021
1st John Series • 9. Tadpoles and Frogs – 1st John 3:4-10The nature of man without God is dead in sin and serves only sin. An unregenerate person is “committed” to sinning. But when a child of God is born again, the person now has within him the nature of Christ and now has two natures. The old nature is still there but the new nature is no longer bound by sin and committed to it. He can now do righteousness. These righteous behaviors “manifest” the person as being a born-again child of God. This sermon was preached on February 28, 2021
1st John Series • 8. Behold—Pause and Take a Look Elder Bryce reviews the blessings and charges presented in the first two chapters of 1st John, and then he, along with John, invites us to simply take a moment and contemplate the amazing love of God bestowed upon by His sovereign grace. It is amazing that we have been children of God since election, we are children of God now, and as children of God we will be with Him in all eternity. Behold! This sermon was preached on February 21, 202
Jesus’ main argument for teaching in parables is that it is the sovereign right of God to reveal things to some and hide them from others.
Jesus plainly teaches that the Father is revealed to God’s people by the Son. This is an act of His sovereign will, choice, and power. It is not contingent upon man’s choice or acceptance
It takes nothing less the VOICE of the Son of God!