God Is Sovereign Over All Things

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We believe in a sovereign God who is in control of the universe, and every thing that is in it.  He allows what happens, He can at any time step in and do His will.  He is God and as God He can act and do with justice and righteousness all that He wills at His pleasure.

In this matter of being born again lets ask a few questions:

In the Fall, did Adam and his offspring lose their desire to  and ability to come to Christ?

  1. Genesis 3:8-9

As a fallen sinner, were you just spiritually sick, or spiritually dead?

  1. Genesis 2:17
  2. Ephesians 2:1,5
  3. Colossians 2:13
  4. The spiritually dead can’t raise themselves. They must be raised by God.

Could you spiritually see the Gospel, or were you spiritual blind?

  1. Deuteronomy 29:4
  2. Matthew 13:13-15
  3. John 12:38-40
  4. Acts 26:18
  5. Romans 3:11
  6. 2 Corinthians 3:14
  7. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
  8. The blind can’t see, until God first gives them sight.

Could you spiritually hear the gospel, or were you spiritually dead?

  1. Deuteronomy 29:4 “yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear”
  2. Matthew 13:13-15

When you were spiritually dead, blind, and deaf, did you desire and seek God yes or no?

  1. Genesis 6:5
  2. John 3:19
  3. Romans 1:30
  4. Romans 3:11
  5. Romans 10:20

Are unbelievers not sheep because they don’t believe, or do they not believe because they’re not sheep?

  1. John 10:26

When you were spiritual dead, deaf and blind, were you born again by your will or God’s will?

  1. Romans  9:16  “who were born, not of blood, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy,
  2. John 1:13 “who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
  3. James 1:18 “of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth.”

How much of a part did you have in willing your own physical conception? None! Your parents conceived  you by their own wills.  As it is with physical birth, so it is with spiritual birth. You didn’t ask to be birthed. The Father birthed you.

Then, the question arises, “If fallen, deaf, blind sinners can’t come to Christ, then how do they come to Christ? Does God give  the new birth because they believed, or so that they can believe?  In other words, is faith the cause of the new birth, or is the new birth the cause of faith?

To believe that fallen, deaf, blind sinners repented and believed to be born again is like getting the cart before the horse. Logically, they must have first been spiritually born again, before they could repent and believe in Christ.

Well, whether faith or the new birth comes first is irrelevant – because God gives not only the new birth, but also faith and repentance, so He gets all the credit , 

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