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divine sovereignty and human responsibility!
If I am not a sheep, what needs to happen for me to become one?
All men are commanded to repent and obey Christ and honour the gospel...if any do not do this it is entirely their own fault and they reap the consequences of their godless actions and behaviour. The fact that God is Sovereign does not exclude the responsibility of man.
This is complete nonsense - just being honest and plain, you can take it as rudeness.
I'll explain to you why it is complete nonsense.
You idea necessarily implies that God requires EVEN those whom His expressly did not elect, nor gave to Christ to redeem, and whom Christ expressly did not die for nor redeem, to believe that Jesus Christ is their Saviour.
DO you really believe in such a God?
Who has a duty to believe that Jesus Christ is his Saviour?
Common sense tells me that it is those whom Jesus Christ is indeeed their Saviour. Such alone have OBLIGATION to believe the truth of their salvation in Jesus Christ.
God is sovereign in redemption, in redeeming HIS people; and it is the responsibility of the His REDEEMED people to believe the truth of their redemption, ALREADY FREELY applied to them.
God DOES NOT require any man to believe a lie. God DOES NOT require or command the NON-ELECT to believe Jesus Christ is their Saviour. Jesus Christ is NOT their Saviour.
A man's duty and obligation is determined by the terms of the covenant to which he is a party.
Only those who are party to the covenant of redemption are under the covenant obligation to believe that Jesus Christ is their Saviour.
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divine sovereignty and human responsibility!
The sovereignty of God in the context of redemption must be matched by the responsibility of man in the same context - i.e. the responsibility of man must be understood in the context of redemption - those in the covenant of redemption are under obligation to believe the truth of their redemption.
Anything else is just nonsensical.
Tell me that I'm wrong. I would be very happy to hear your reason.
Please note, that is starkly distinct from
"All men are commanded to repent and obey Christ and honour the gospel"
Yes, ALL men are under the covenant of creation,under the obligations of the terms of the covenant of creation, creatures owing their duties to the Creator... to obey His commands as God's creatures.
"The fact that God is Sovereign does not exclude the responsibility of man."
I just quoted what you are saying!
The Redeemer deserved to be honoured by His redeemed.
Different spheres altogether!
When Calvinists mouth this shibboleth of" divine soveriegnty and human responsibility", they are speaking of the responsibility of ALL NATURAL MAN.
That's just a lie, and makes God a liar!
"All men are commanded to repent and obey Christ and honour the gospel...if any do not do this it is entirely their own fault and they reap the consequences of their godless actions and behaviour. The fact that God is Sovereign does not exclude the responsibility of man."
2. God does not desire all men to repent to repent. He commands all men, all ever born, to repent of their sins. No man has the right to remain in their sins. Each man is under divine obligation as God's creatures to live according to His law. The creatures are under divine obligation to the Creator to live according His law. Failing to do so is the reason and basis for their JUST condemnation.
3. God commands His redeemed to believe in the truth of their FREE redemption in Jesus Christ, and to walk uprightly according to the will of their Father.
4. With respect to the eternal salvation, God sovereignly and freely purposed, and executed, and applies that salvation to each elect. In their temporal salvation, he is not willing that any of them should perish, but do His will and be saved.
Does this help?
A man has no basis to say "if I am not a sheep." It is not his business to know whether he is sheep. His business is to believe that he is a sinner under the just condemnation of God, and Jesus Christ is God's provision for SUCH AS him.
It is better asking, "How may I know that I am a sheep?"
Believing on the Lord Jesus Christ gives evidence that one is a sheep!
It is a revealed truth that God has elected a vast multitudes out of the fallen race of Adam, and He has provided Jesus Christ to be their Saviour.
It is not revealed to any one that he is not a sheep.
It is revealed that God provided a all-sufficient Saviour to Saviour sinners...
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.