Friday, March 12, 2010

Predesination vs Free Will

Lately I have been writing in my journal finding verses to understand how I came about as a Christian. It is such an awesome thing how God gave us the Bible as our ultimate source. There is also questions I have asked. See if you might have any questions or have a different interpretation of the verses.

2 Peter 3:9
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,[a] not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."

God has a willing attitude not wanting anyone to go to hell. So do we have a choice to believe? How do we believe- through hearing the gospel and seeing we are wrong and turn to Him who saves or hear the beckoning call through hearing the gospel where we feel and know we are wrong and see we need Christ all done by the Holy spirit?

Ezekiel 33:11
"Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’"

Here God is the one who is calling out to the wicked to change their ways. But his declaration was that they had to turn from their own ways. How can we do that if we are sinful and incapable especially when it is suppose to be all through Christ? Is that an assumption on my part or based off of God’s word?

Romans 2:4
"Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?"

Is this what gets us to be saved and than we accept Christ because He lead us? Does God’s goodness forbearance and longsuffering lead us to Christ?

Eph 1:7
"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace"

Everything is about God and Jesus who we were brought back and can forgive our sins. I can now see how repentance is a huge key, starting to : )

It is only the beginning : )

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