An interpretation of the struggle between human-centered reasoning versus biblical truth concerning salvation:
You say “free-will!” I reply “freed-will in and by Christ.”
Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
You say “my choice, life or death.” I reply “our choices are always death until life is given from above.”
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
You say “God does everything He can and leaves the rest up to us.” I reply “God does everything He wills to do.”
Psalm 115:3 Our God is in heaven, He does whatever He pleases.
Ephesians 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.
You say “Love would not be real unless we were free to choose it.” I reply “divine love is superhuman in its rescuing us from our helpless, stubborn lovelessness.”
Titus 3:3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
You say “We can have a relationship with God if we want to respond to His initiative.” I reply “His initiative is all our hope, nothing more.”
Romans 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
By the way, what do you say?
To God alone be the glory, great things He has done... (and is doing)
Thanks for reading,
-Justin (celebrating his freed-will in and by Christ)
All Scripture quoted from the New King James Version (NKJV)