One of the most prevalent arguments
against Universal Salvation is that man is a free will agent and therefore must respond to the free gift of
Salvation with his own faith (or belief).
Consider the next several passages that clearly show us that faith is
not necessary to be reconciled to God (even though faith may be necessary to
see and perceive that we have been reconciled to God).
What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to
them were committed the oracles of God.
FOR WHAT IF SOME DID NOT BELIEVE? WILL THEIR UNBELIEF MAKE THE
FAITHFULNESS OF GOD WITHOUT EFFECT?
CERTAINLY NOT! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.
Romans 3:1-4 - NKJV
Here it is shown that man's lack of faith cannot thwart the
plan of God or tamper with God's faithfulness. Then what is the advantage of believing and practicing
faith? The advantage is that those
who have faith and follow God will be trusted with the oracles or mysteries or the Word of God.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made
us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace
you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in
the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might
show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in
Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this
NOT FROM YOURSELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD - not by works, so that no one can
boast. FOR WE ARE GOD'S WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS TO DO GOOD WORKS,
WHICH GOD PREPARED IN ADVANCE FOR US TO DO.
Ephesians 2:4-10 NKJV
Let us consider the phrase by grace you have been saved, through faith. Many would argue that we have been
saved by the grace of God, but to really be saved we must respond in
faith. Consider the very next
statement and this is not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God. Some would argue, yes, grace is a free gift but
faith is required to receive the free gift. If something is free then there is no payment demanded or
action required. Allow me to point
out here that grace does not come from us, and neither does faith initially
come from us. Grace and Faith are
gifts from God - lest any of us should try to boast in our grace or in our
faith. Faith is not required for
us to be reconciled to God. Faith
is, however, required to fully realize that we have been reconciled to God
through Christ. So, faith does not
save us. Faith only connects our
minds to the truth that we have already been saved! Finally, we notice at the end of this particular passage
that we are God's workmanship, created IN
CHRIST Jesus to do good works (when?) which
God prepared IN ADAVANCE for us to do. We were predestined to do good works and prepared for them
in advance. We are the workmanship
and handiwork of God. Jesus comes
to uncover what has always been in us.
As we continue to ponder these mysteries of faith let us be reminded
that we did not choose Christ...he chose us
- John 15:16.