How radical does this seem to modern ears?
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.This article is a direct assault on Americanized Christianity. The "American Spirit" which has in it's mind that a man can do anything for which he strives. Every little 1st and 2nd grader is told that, yes, if they so strive, they can even become president of the United States. But, this is all just a lie.
Not every little 1st and 2nd grader can become president no matter how hard they strive, only 44 men in the history of the U.S. have become president. 44 men out of millions. And those 44 men in no way got to that honored position by their own reason or strength. Each one had his friends. Each one had is backers with money to support him. Perhaps even some of them have been qualified for the position, but it was not simply by their own reason or strength that got them there.
How much more honorable then is the position of being one of God's children? Is not this position far greater than that of being the President of the United States? So, then how could something of more honorable position be even more attainable by the self than that of the presidency? The fact is, it is not more attainable.
Though being God's child is not even remotely attainable by us, herein lies the greatest thing comfort. We need not be concerned to attain such a high position by our own doing. Instead, we can take comfort that the Holy Spirit has indeed brought us to such a position in that he,
called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.For while, not every 1st and 2nd grader can become president, God desires that all men be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. And that Truth is life in Jesus Christ who has borne the sins of the whole world on his back, that you might have sonship in Him.
This is why he does not leave it up to you to be saved, but has instead given this as the task of the Holy Spirit in His Holy Word.
+Kyrie Eleison+ for this late night post.