4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, becoming of a woman, becoming under Law,
5 that He might redeem (to release by paying the ransom price) the ones under Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
God predestined His people unto adoption from before the foundation of the world. It is only because of the work of Christ and His imputed righteousness do his chosen people become heirs
5 to Himself predestinating us to adoption through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will,
11 in whom we also were chosen to an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of the One working all things according to the counsel of His own will,
6 And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba! Father!
7 So that you no more are a slave, but a son, and if a son, also an heir of God through Christ.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
15 For you received not a spirit of slavery again to fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba! Father!
16 The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
The witness with our spirit is not a feeling. The witness is the belief of sound doctrine.
That sound doctrine is that Salvation is the free gift of God based and conditioned solely on the substitutionary work of the perfect unblemished sacrifice, Jesus Christ, shedding his blood and his imputed righteousness charged to his unconditionally chosen people from before the foundation of the world without any effort from the ones being saved. God, according to the scriptures, rose Jesus from the dead on the 3rd day proving he secured the salvation of His people given to Him by the Father.
God promises to save his people and none that were given to Jesus from the Father will be lost and Jesus will raise them up in the last day. Matthew 1:21, John 6:37-44 That is the Good News! This witness is reflected in
47 Truly, truly, I say to you, The one believing into Me has everlasting life.
Believing into Jesus Christ’s work and person is this witness that you are a child of God because unless you are regenerated by God the Father and given to Jesus, you will not believe the truth of the Gospel. John 3:3-8, John 10:27, Romans 1:16-17, Romans 3
The witness of the belief of the Truth of the Gospel is put in your heart by the spirit of God at the time you are generated from above. 2 Corinthians 4:6
You will know the truth that salvation is a free gift by the work and person of Jesus Christ given to his unconditionally chosen elect through God given faith. Jesus said you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Ephesians 2;8-10, John 8:32, Romans 6:23, Romans 9:11, Romans 3:24-26
You will be free from the penalty of sin, you will no longer believe a False Gospel that is conditioned on any effort from man and you will be able to put to death the practices of the body through the unconditional gift of the Holy Spirit.
17 ¶ And if children, also heirs; truly heirs of God, and joint-heirs of Christ, if indeed we suffer together, that we may also be glorified together.
Heirs are adopted sons of God or children of God that receive an inheritance that is given and not earned by the sovereign will and purpose of God. We are joint -heirs with Christ; if we suffer for the truth. If we do not suffer we are not heirs. If Christ suffered for telling the truth that the world can’t hear than believers of the Truth will suffer.
13 But when that One comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will guide you into all Truth, for He will not speak from Himself, but as many things as He hears, He will speak; and He will announce the coming things to you.
What does it mean to be led by the Holy Spirit, The Spirit of Truth? It means to believe the Truth by the indwelling power of The Spirit of Truth.
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit …the Spirit of Truth –
17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him nor know Him; but you know Him, for He abides with you and shall be in you.
The Spirit of Truth guides God’s people into all Truth specifically the Truth of the Gospel; The Doctrine of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ …. Jesus said…
But when the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, that One will witness concerning Me.
32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
36 Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed
The Spirit of Truth causes you to believe the Truth by the indwelling power of the Spirit of Truth. The Spirit of Truth leads you into believing right Gospel Doctrine.
Anyone who does not believe right Gospel Doctrine is not being led by The Spirit of Truth; but is being led by the spirit of lies
Anyone that believes Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception is not being led by the Spirit of Truth.
Why would Jesus die and pay for every single individual’s sins without exception if The Father knew who He was giving to Jesus from before the foundation of the world?
Why would he pay for their sins and then still punish some of them that he died for in hell. God is omniscient and all knowing according to scripture so it appears they are attributing things to God that are false generating belief in a false Gospel
The false doctrine of freewill is supported by the unregenerate that believe the lie spawned by the Serpent in the Garden of Eden. They believe Jesus died for everyone making man’s decision instead of the work and person of Jesus the difference between Heaven and Hell. If it was man’s decision that made the difference, then man could boast and scripture denies that God leaves any room for man to boast through his effort or decisions.
The delusion is that somehow knowing good and evil in the sense of the lie promoted by the serpent would give us the ability to choose good or evil and or whether or not to believe in Christ.
The Natural Man does not want to give up his delusion of Sovereignty that he received by eating the fruit in the garden
But God said “Dying you shall die” and we know that is true because all have or will physically die based on Adam’s imputed effect of sin and all became liars to put our corrupt nature into simple terms . We became spiritually dead and a slave to sin unable to come to the true Sovereign Lord and God of the Bible .
4 And the serpent said to the woman, Dying you shall not die,
5 for God knows that in the day you eat of it, even your eyes shall be opened, and you shall become like God, knowing good and evil.
Now natural man thinks he has freewill and God is waiting for someone to accept Christ.
Billy Graham believed this false notion that is inherent in natural man. He said in essence God can’t interfere with your decision to accept or reject Christ. “God has no power over the will of man” Billy Graham was not in agreement with what Jesus said in scripture John 6:65 or Romans 9
In that scenario, Jesus may have died for no one if no one accepts him with their delusion of freewill; but in Matthew 1:21 Jesus promises to save His people. On the cross he said “ It is finished” securing the salvation of all His people depicted in Revelation 7:9
After these things I saw, and behold, a large multitude which no one was able to number them, out of every nation, even tribes and peoples and languages, standing in front of the throne, and be- fore the Lamb, having been clothed with white robes, and in their hands palm branches.
The Bible says Natural man cannot accept spiritual things because they are only discerned by the ones that have the spirit and Natural Man is void of the spirit that causes you to come to the True God for salvation and worship. He thinks the cross of Christ is foolishness.
1 Corinthians 2:14, 1 Corinthians 1:18
Thankfully, John 6:65 clears this false notion up…. of do it yourself salvation
And He said, Because of this, I have told you that no one is able to come to Me if it is not given to him from My Father.
Jesus Christ died for His sheep; the ones given to Him by The Father. He died for no one else. He told the Pharisees you don’t believe because you aren’t my sheep. He didn’t say you aren’t my sheep because you don’t believe.
John 6:37-44,65 John 10:15, John 10:26
26 But you do not believe, for you are not of My sheep, even as I said to you.
A second way that believers are led by The Spirit is by putting to death the practices of the body through The Spirit Romans 8:13
13 for if you live according to flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the practices of the body, you will live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
God adopts into the family of God the ones he regenerates with a new heart and spirit unto belief of the Gospel of Christ and he takes them out of the family of Satan; who is the Father of all lies and they are able through the spirit to put to death the practices of the body.
Remember Jesus said in John 6:37-44 He won’t lose anyone the Father gives to Him.
All who the Father gives to Me shall come to Me, and the one coming to Me I will not cast out, not ever,
38 for I have come down out of Heaven, not that I should do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
39 And this is the will of the Father send- ing Me, that of all that He has given Me, I shall not lose any of it, but shall raise it up in the last day.
40 And this is the will of the One having sent Me, that everyone seeing the Son and believing into Him should have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 Therefore the Jews murmured about Him, because He said, I am the Bread com- ing down out of Heaven.
42 And they said, Is this not Jesus the son of Joseph, of whom we know the father and the mother? How, then, does this One now say, I have come down out of Heaven?
43 Therefore Jesus answered and said to them, Do not murmur with one another.
44 No one is able to come to Me if not the Father, the One having sent Me, draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day
All of Adam’s descendants before God regenerates, who are dead spiritually in sins and trespasses and hating the true God through Jesus Christ, are part of the family of Satan.
Jesus said he is The Way The Truth and The life and Satan has no truth in him and consequently Natural Man became spiritually dead and Satan became Natural Man’s father because Eve obeyed the Serpent and Adam listened to the voice of his wife.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave authority to become children of God, to the ones believing into His name,
13 who were generated not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but were generated of God.
Please note : those that received Him did not receive Him by the will of man but were generated of God.
John answered and said, A man is able to receive nothing if it is not given to him from Heaven.
If faith wasn’t a gift, then man could boast which is answered in 1 Corinthians 4:7
1 Corinthians 4:7
¶ For who makes you to differ? And what do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as not receiving it?
2 Corinthians 4:6
Because it is God who said, “Out of darkness Light shall shine,” the One who shone in our hearts to give the illumination of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Isa. 42:6, 7, 16
If Adam and Eve couldn’t get it right, Can You? No, you can’t ! You must have been unconditionally chosen because of Him and through Him and to Him (Romans 11:36)from before the foundation of the world as one Jesus Christ substituted for in his death and perfect life lived. God has to make you His child through regeneration of the spirit unto The knowledge and belief of the Gospel by shining the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ into your heart! Without this happening you will never receive the love of the Truth in order to be saved
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God says he promises to save His people and the gates of Hades shall not be victorious. It is all God’s work to his glory which he will not share with anyone including you!
Matthew 1:21 Matthew 16:16-18 Isaiah 48:11 John 6:29