Examining the Heart 81

The opinion of free-will, (so cried up), will be easily confuted, as it is by scripture, in the heart, which has had any spiritual dealing with Jesus Christ as to the application of His merits, and subjection to His righteousness. Christ is every way too magnificent a person for poor nature to close with or to apprehend. Christ is so infinitely holy, nature never dare look at Him; so infinitely good, nature can never believe Him to be such, when it lies under a full sight of sin. Christ is too high and glorious for nature so much as to touch. There must be a divine nature first put into the soul, to make it lay hold on Him. He lies so infinitely beyond the sight or reach of nature. Thomas Willcox

How the teaching of the so-called free-will had permeated and inundated the modern professing Church. While it is not taught in Scripture, many see it as a necessary teaching to make sense of Scripture. That is nothing but the natural man trying to find an ability or power of the natural man in the Scriptures. The Scripture commands A, so the natural man reasons that he must have the ability to carry out A or God could not morally command him to do A. However, the natural man misses a very key point. God commands A to show us our inability to carry out A in the natural man in order to show us the necessity of our need for Christ to cover our sins, but also our great need of grace in order to keep the command (to some degree). Apart from Christ we can do nothing (spiritual or good), though the natural man will fight with that also.

How is the soul to have the application of the merits of Christ to his or her soul? Can the natural soul do that? Is the grace that is found in Christ there for the taking of any natural soul to apply it to self? Is the soul really free to apply the merits and grace of Christ to itself? That sure appears to be a power way beyond the ability of any natural man. In fact, it is not what the natural man wants to do nor does he have the ability to do so. The natural man also has nothing in his or her heart that wants to be subject to Christ and His righteousness and is opposed to Him in His true and glorious holiness. The natural man does not want true grace, but instead wants a pseudo-grace. The natural man hates true grace and so does not want to apply that, but it is also true that he cannot even behold the glory of Christ and the grace of Christ in truth.

The will that is free is also free of grace and as such cannot touch or apply that which it is free of. It is absurd to imagine that the will that is free, which by definition means that it is free of grace, can handle that grace which is beyond it and apply it to itself. The will that is free (truly free) is also free of the bondage of depravity which is utter nonsense, but Christ comes to sinners in order to free them from the bondage of sin. But as long as sinners think that they are free of depravity, they are under the bondage of depravity. Grace alone can free sinners from their bondage to depravity and sin and give them grace.

Col 1:11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

In the text above (Colossians 1:11-14) we see how sinners are qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. It is God who rescues them from the domain (under the power of, dominion of) of darkness and it is the Father who transfers them to the Kingdom of His beloved Son. Notice that the will is not given any credit and that there are only two places for the soul to be in. The soul is either under the domain of darkness or it is in the kingdom of the beloved Son. There is not other place or power that the soul is under. The soul is never in the kingdom of its own will, but instead it is only under the domain of darkness or it has been transferred to the kingdom of His beloved Son which means that the soul in that kingdom is under the reign and rule of Christ. Again, it is not under the reign and rule of self. All the power and all the glory is of Christ and not of the human will. It is idolatrous to ascribe to the human will what only Christ can do. Oh how human beings should examine their hearts to see whether they are followers of their own will or that of Christ. They must see if they have power from Christ or of self. This is utterly vital.

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