Saturday, December 17, 2016

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV) No Place for the Devil

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV)
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
The God of this world is by no means as powerful as the true and living God but he is nonetheless, powerful. He is more powerful than the Calvinist wants to give him credit.
The Calvinist claims that God has elected only a few to be saved and that all of them in fact get saved. (Though and this can never be proven but only assumed by faith.) He then claims that everyone else has been chosen to show the righteousness of God by their torment in hell. He claims that any other scheme makes God appear to be weak because he is not able to save everyone. He then blames the Arminian (synergist) of proposing that God is a weak, loving God who would have all to be saved but is unable to fulfill His own will.
This view fails to take into account the god of this world. Paul believed that those who failed to be saved did so because another force was at work in this world. That force, though not as powerful as God, does affect the hearts of men.
God has not chosen a few to be saved and, by default, elected all others to hell. He has chosen that salvation be offered to all men but only through the gospel of Christ. Those who receive the gospel are saved. Those who do not are lost. The god of this world, empowered by the very sin nature of man, influences who does and does not believe.
We must therefore “give no place for the devil.” [1]
[1] Ephesians 4:27

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2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV) No Place for the Devil

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