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EPHESIANS 3:8




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Apr 19, 2016
Preacher: Thomas Wilcox
Passage: John 6:1-71 & 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

Free will

Free will, or a moral capacity of believing in, turning unto, and calling upon God in Christ, the scriptures, the articles of the Church of England, and the experience of Christian men, declare that the natural man hath not. His refuge is free grace, (JOHN 6; 1 CORINTHIANS 2; ROMANS 8:7) - The idea of it [free will] will soon be destroyed in the heart of him who has had any spiritual dealing with Jesus Christ, as to the application of His merits, and the subjection to His righteousness. Christ is every way too magnificent a Person for poor natural men to apprehend. Christ is so infinitely holy, nature durst not look at Him; so infinitely good, nature can never believe Him, when it lies under full sights of sin. Christ is too high and glorious for nature so much as to touch. There must be a divine nature first put into the soul, to make it lay hold on Him Who lies so infinitely beyond its sight.*

That Christ, which the natural man can apprehend, is but a Christ of his own making, not the Father's Christ, not Jesus the Son of the living God, to whom none can come without the Fathers's drawing. (JOHN 6:44-45)

* It is the Father that first draws us, and yet it is not without the word of the truth of the gospel that we are drawn. Faith is the gift of God; and yet faith cometh by hearing; the Holy Spirit must work in us in order that we may believe; yet it is quite true that we afterwards receive the Spirit by believing, as the apostle teaches us in the Epistle to the Galations.

Excerpt from CHRIST IS ALL - Saving Faith Discovered Pages 39 to 41


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