By the Will of God

“who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
‭‭(John‬ ‭1‬:‭13‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

How did you get saved?

If your answer is anything close to I did this or I did that, you have misstepped. It’s the same thing Alistair Begg said in his famous sermon clip about the thief on the cross—the man on the middle cross said I could come! If we answer that question in the first person, we’re doing it wrong.

I am saved not because I was smart enough to choose, strong enough to decide, or clever enough to figure it out. I am saved because God, in His sovereign grace and mercy, saved me before the foundation of the world.

However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t choose to follow Jesus. Of course I did. But that’s because God chose me first. And the actual act of saving me is all by the grace of God—all by the will of God. I could not save myself; I was utterly helpless. God had to intervene—and He did.

Christian, when you think about your salvation, make sure you understand that God did the saving, not you. He did the rescuing, not you. God did the redeeming, not you.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. subpopgirl says:

    I love Alistair Begg, but I did not see that one. I found a the link if anyone else is interested.


    1. Blake Long says:

      Perfect. I meant to hyperlink that to the text but forgot — wrote this late last night when I was a little sleepy. I will update it!


  2. subpopgirl says:

    Thank you for introducing us to that amazing clip, I saved and bookmarked it!

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