Oh, the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments
and untraceable His ways!
For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been His counselor?
Or who has ever first given to Him,
and has to be repaid?
For from Him and through Him
and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
Can you imagine borrowing God knowledge. Giving him some insight that he previously did not know. God would then tip his hat to you in thankfulness because you filled in the details for him. Can you imagine?
But isn’t this exactly what decisional regeneration, or arminianism teaches? This teaching tells us that salvation is determined by the free will choice of man. Essentially that God did not know who would enter his heaven until you told him, or made your decision. You may reply that you are an open-theist; that God decided to “limit” his knowledge of the future choices of human beings. Or maybe you believe that God looked down the corridors of time and “saw beforehand” those who would freely choose him. But are not all of these ideas the same as they teach that God needed the knowledge of man to council him? But “who has ever first given to him?”
I am sorry, but I despise that theology! It tries to glorify man. I was once giving my testimony to an individual that was an arminian. He adamantly was trying to give me the glory for my salvation…
Me: “God was so gracious to save a wretched sinner like me.”
Mr. A: “Ya, but you choose him.”
This interaction went on for some time as he continued to press me to say that I deserved the final credit for becoming a christian. Yuck, yuck, yuck!
Becoming a christian is a mystery for sure. God tells us that we must confess with our mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead and we will be saved. We are also told over and over things like God opened Lydia’s heart to believe upon Jesus, and to all whom God had appointed to eternal life believed. Must you and I repent of our sin and come to Jesus to be saved? Yes! But does God tell us that only those whom God elected to do that will actually come? Yes indeed! Pondering these things is good as it causes our hearts to say with the Apostle Paul:
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
What a great God we serve!