Our Totaled Life and God’s Electing Love

By Mike Henderson

How are men saved? The Bible teaches that men are evil, and that God sovereignly elects those whom He will save(Rom. 3 & Rom. 9). Pertaining to man’s sinful state I have heard some teach that the totaled life of sinners taught in Rom. 3 is a summation, meaning when all is said and done our wickedness outweighs our righteousness because we are inclined to do evil, rather than men being only capable of wicked acts. If that is true then in Mark 10:18 when Jesus says only God is good we are not to think of His every act. None would say this, so then if only God is good, meaning in every act, then it seems only appropriate to reason that we all are wicked in every act. Being completely wicked we cannot do anything to aid in our salvation.

We are told here in Mark 10 it is impossible for people to save themselves, for we cannot offer anything up to God to further our condition with Him. This must include even the faith that is a prerequisite for salvation, for faith is a good act if it makes one right with God. This is in fact exactly what scripture teaches (Eph. 2:8-9). We must then examine the doctrine of God’s sovereign electing grace. Some would have us believe that God elects those who believe according to a foreknowledge of their determinative will. But if God is in any way subjected to another will then God is not sovereign. However neither this premise nor the logical conclusion is acceptable. Man is totaled (Eph. 2:1-3) and God is sovereign (Isa. 40:13-14). But what is impossible for men is possible for God. For since men are totally incapable of saving themselves God must, as sovereign over all, overcome our heard hearted resistance to His grace, for if He does not then none would be saved, and this is precisely what He does (2 Thess. 2:13). Let us all conform our minds to the Word and praise the Sovereign for His unconditional, overpowering, electing love which was procured in the absorbing of God’s wrath toward us who believe by the sacrificial death of His perfect Son, the Lord Jesus.

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    • Kevin
    • March 2nd, 2010

    “Let us all conform our minds to the Word and praise the Sovereign for His unconditional, overpowering, electing love which was procured in the absorbing of God’s wrath toward us who believe by the sacrificial death of His perfect Son, the Lord Jesus.”

    This reminds me of Spurgeon! 🙂 Love you man, keep bloggin’ the truth!

  1. Romans 3:10-20 can’t be speaking about the totality of our sin in comparison to righteous deeds (It hurts some teach this). Paul pulls from the Psalms and basically states that all mankind is in the same condition as those that do not believe in God at all! He states that all of our acts with our tongues, lips, mouth, feet, etc. proclaim “I don’t believe in God nor worship Him” in the same manner the wicked did in Psalm 14 and 53. He does this to show regardless of an individual acts, deeds, or religion without the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit to renew an individual desires we all shout the same thing with each and every action from our heart regardless of what the shell and makeup show!

    • Garrett
    • March 6th, 2010

    “Some would have us believe that God elects those who believe according to a foreknowledge of their determinative will. But if God is in any way subjected to another will then God is not sovereign.” Is this article pertaining to molinism? hopefully not… 🙂 this wouldn’t be a inaccurate representation of luis molina’s theory on Divine Middle Knowledge.

  2. the post is not pertaining to Molinism. It is instead discussing the what the God has revealed about how he saves his elected. He has sent us Jesus to take away our sins. let us give our “Totaled Life,” to Him and benefit from “God’s Electing Love.”

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