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CAN AN ELECTED MAN RESIST GOD'S CALLING?

God is sovereign and able to overcome all resistance when He wills. If it could happen that God could not overcome the resistance in a man's heart, than one could conclude that He could not be omnipotent. For if there was a creature that could resist Him to the end, that creature would be stronger than God's Spirit which calls and draws. He is the omnipotent God. He never has been nor ever will be bound to man or limited by anything in him. God spoke and there was light, he breathes and the waters freeze... all creation is subject to Him. Man is no exception.

Daniel 4:35 tells us that"He does according to His will with the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand.

Psalm 115:3 -"Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases."

Isaiah 46:10-11 "I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.

Proverb 19:21 "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails."

Isaiah 14:24 "The LORD Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.

Inevitably, what God has foreknown and predestined (declared before hand will happen) must, according to the previous verses, come to pass. As it has been noted earlier, those who are saved were chosen by God before the foundations of the world. It was from eternity past that God foreknew us and, according to Romans 8:29-30, predestined us.

It is a continuing process that is described in Romans 8. It follows that those whom he foreknew and predestined he calls, he will justify, and later glorify. There is no option in this system for those who want to opt out. Those whom He has chosen will eventually come. Those who are able to resist God's calling to the end (for "many are called" are simply not part of the "few are chosen" (Matt. 20:16)

It must be explained before going further, that the above does not mean that man is forced into salvation against his will. Any man who comes to Christ does so willingly. The difference between his will as he comes to Christ and his will while he was dead in sin is that it has been changed. The will that once stood in bondage to sin and ran form Him now runs to Him. He has been drawn to the Father, his blind eyes have been opened, he sees his need, and willingly embraces Jesus as His saviour.

There must be something definite and effectual about the call of the sovereign God. An ability to overcome even the darkest and coldest heart and to give life to the deadest and vilest of men. God is our creator. Our very existence depends on Him. So to say that God can be limited by he decisions and actions of his own creation is nothing but utter nonsense. It was He who first created our being out of nothing. If He is able to do that, how foolish to think that He is not able to create in us a heart that would desire Him where once we had a heart of stone; or that He is not able to move or change a will that He himself created.

We read in 1 Samuel 10:9 "As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul's heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day." When God changed Saul's heart, did Saul first have to be willing? Did he give God permission to change his heart? God did with it what he would. In the book of exodus we read six times of God hardening Pharoah's heart (9:12, 10:1, 10:20, 10:27, 11:10, 14:8) In Joshua 11:20 we read of the nations who battled Israel: "For it was the LORD himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the LORD had commanded Moses". We read of We also read in Acts 16:14 of Lydia "whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken by Paul."

If God changed and hardened hearts as He desired, how can the free-willer say that ‘God can't intervene or override your will'. As seen earlier, you will (what you desire to do) comes from what is in your heart. If God can change a man's heart how can anyone say that he cannot change the man's will, which follows the heart?

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