God Is Sovereign. Man Is Responsible. Huh?

The perennial question – If God is sovereign (and if He isn’t, He is not God); what part does man have in salvation – can fry a mind over time.

TrainTracks1Many have drawn their line in the sand; absolutely confident their interpretation of this massive them is stone-cold correct. Others are willing to live in the uncertainty of “I’m not sure.”

Here is a very helpful declaration:

“Just as the rails of a train [track], which run parallel to each other, appear to merge in the distance, so the doctrines of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, which seem separate from each other in this life will merge in eternity.  Our task is not to force their merging in this life but to keep them in balance and to live accordingly.”
Joel Beeke
What do you think? (by the way, that’s why there is a ‘comments’ section)

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

One thought on “God Is Sovereign. Man Is Responsible. Huh?”

  1. Jack, I just have to say a good “Amen” to the subject matter of this post. Coming to grips with the sovereignty of God in all things was a huge relief for me when I finally stopped fighting it. All of Scripture makes more sense to me now. Yes, there are still mysteries that I cannot fully explain, but I have a larger context in which to mull over those things I still don’t fully understand (and there are quite a few). God bless your work, brother.

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