Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Confidence in God

Over the past few weeks I have been in an ongoing debate with a friend of mine who is heavily indoctrinated by the Church of God of Prophesy, the denomination that my friend Rhett has come from. My friend Luther (surprisingly named after Martin Luther) is an avid supporter of conditional security. I keep showing him passages about the promises of God, and he always responds with, "It's all about free will!" I am not lying. He says this so seriously. His emphasis on free will necessitates his belief in conditional security. If my confidence lies in my own will, then I would affirm conditional security as well. But praise God! My Confidence is in God alone! Read the following verse:

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful and He will surely do it. ~1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

These verses proclaim that even our sanctification and holiness is dependent upon the faithfulness and the promise of God! Yes, it is our responsibility to pursue holiness, but our responsibility lies in the power of Almighty God! He will surely do it! My confidence is in God!


Rhett said...

Moreover, your friend Luther goes to the exact church I went to, has the same pastor I had, and holds the same position I held as well!!

Ironic, eh??

Gordan said...

I've rarely been more constantly miserable than in that period of time in which I believed that my salvation was conditioned upon my ability to keep it together from day to day.

What a joy to finally open my white-knuckled fists and commit my salvation wholly to God!

Gordan said...

Also, just to highlight it: this passage places the locus for our sanctification and final blamelessness in God's faithfulness.

Is God faithful or not? Has He begun a genuine good work in you or not? If so, then He will be faithful to complete it.