God’s part and man’s part in salvation

Here is something I read on Facebook.

God’s part and man’s part in salvation

by Joshua Agan


People sometimes argue about whether God alone has a part in salvation, or whether Man has any role at all. Both sides have some good points to make, but the whole disagreement hinges on the fact that two people view the same salvation from different sides.

Imagine I sent two people to view a building and describe what they see:

• “Two sets of double doors, blue walls surrounding the doors, a flag pole out front, and lots of people entering and exiting,” says one.

• “Nothing of the sort!” says the other, “I saw a long row of bay doors, bumpers around each door, and almost no people around except a few employees and truck drivers.”

It would be silly to let these two argue about the building as if one of them were wrong about their observation. They saw the same building, but from different perspectives—one approached the front of the store, while the other approached loading docks out back.

It is much the same with Salvation.
To put it plainly—God has the role of Doing the Work, Man has the role of Trusting the Work of God.

A real work is promised to be done in us. Go read what all God has said He will accomplish in a life that is entrusted to His work. “He doeth the works,” Jesus says.

That does not exempt man from his own role: trust.

Trust is not a passive abandonment—like collapsing on the floor and just waiting for your dad to drag you into your bed at night. Rather, trust is doing what dad says when he tells you to go to bed, even when you don’t understand why he insists on doing that right now. Trust behaves like dad knows best, no matter what.

God says, “I will do a work in you. I use my words to guide you, my light to strengthen you, my people to assist you, my resources to enable you, and trials to train and prove you.”

Man says, “I will trust. The words you say, I will do. The light you give, I will walk in. The people you send, I will love. The resources you provide, I will steward. The trials you allow, I will endure patiently.”

Refusing to walk where the Father leads is not trust.

God’s role is to do. Man’s role is to trust. If you focus only on one side of the building, you are more likely to be disagreeable with those who see only the other side.

Both are true. Neither are passive.
Both are important. Neither are optional.

God WILL do His part.
Do you TRUST?

Posted on April 22, 2020, in Facebook, salvation and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. It’s so hard (impossible?) to reconcile the accountability of Man and the sovereignty of God.
    I used to say that salvation was like a person drowning and another person reaching out to save him. If the drowning man chooses to grab hold of the hand of the man on the edge of the pool and gets pulled out, both of them had a part in the saving process, but ultimately the man on the edge did the saving. That explanation worked for me … for a while …
    But one day our pastor, preaching on the sovereignty of God, said we weren’t drowning in the pool, we were dead at the bottom. :/ His point was, it’s ALL God.
    So, now my analogy is not quite like my pastor’s but still making it all God: I walked into a dark room and fell into a pool that I didn’t realize was there. I sank to the bottom and was destined for certain death. But then Someone came in, turned on the light, and reached for me. He did the saving, and although I did grab hold of His hand, it was only because He had turned on the light that I saw there was a hand TO grab.

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