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God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Responsibility

About Mark Escalera

Name: Mark Escalera - (formerly The Jungle Missionary) Blog: DefendingContending.Com Ministry: I am a sinner saved by grace, and learning every day how much more I need the Lord directing my life. In a graceless world, my desire is to show to others the grace that has been extended to me. Have been married for almost 25 years and we have been blessed with five children with the oldest three serving in the US Air Force. My passion is seeking to minister the precious life-giving Word of God to those dead in trespasses and sins! Humbled that He would choose me as one of His children! Preferred translation: English Standard Version (ESV) Currently studying: Psalms Currently reading: The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink

2 comments on “God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Responsibility

  1. Now, if we could just make disciples within the fellowship who are mature enough to go out and preach this Good News…

    The system must return to elders within the fellowship making disciples who can go out and accurately preach the Good News allowing the Holy Spirit to convict unto repentance the reprobate, who can then be brought in to the fellowship of the saints to be disciple.

    This idea of inviting the world in to hear preaching is the fulfillment of sewing tares in among the wheat such that the wheat become unfruitful. Bringing in the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches chokes out the wheat so as to be unfruitful.

    Anyone else see these things?

    What percentage of the membership of the assembly ever lead anyone to Christ today?!?!

  2. For me the better question is “Does God have you”?

    Jesus shifted the argument to that question when He responded this way to those claiming to “have” Him:

    Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
    22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
    23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

    The apostle Paul underscores that this way:

    Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
    11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—
    12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
    13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

    “WE HAVE BEEN BROUGHT NEAR”!

    Finally, in the book of Hebrews the fight is made plain that our will must give way to His, His Way, so He can have us:

    Hebrews 4:7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
    8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God[fn] would not have spoken of another day later on.
    9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,
    10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
    11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

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