Don’t Jump Without A Parachute
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 9:16a (Holman) So then it does not depend on human will…
“It” refers to salvation. This verse clearly states what is the foundation and beginning of a person’s conversion. Salvation is not started by human will or design. We by nature want deliverance from punishment, but no one by nature wants to follow God’s prescribed course for avoiding damnation.
No sinners, of their own choosing, want to surrender to Jesus for salvation. They want to escape Hell, but do not want to seek a holy God. They do not want to submit to Him, and live according to His dictates.
People want to use their own will to self-determine their own method of salvation. They want to think they have complete control over their own everlasting destiny. We want to be gods unto ourselves. This cocky pride in us, if unchecked, causes us to reject God’s ordained plan of salvation.
Being saved requires more than merely wishing to escape punishment. Cain complained, “My punishment is too great to bear!” (Genesis 4:13), but this did not make him start trying to be made right with God.
When Paul spoke of judgment to come, Felix the Governor trembled (Acts 24:25). Sadly, no evidence indicates the Ruler ever was saved.
When God wrote on the wall, King Belshazzar panicked. “His face turned pale, and h