But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31 NASB Emphasis mine)
Another aspect of the free will argument is the idea that man is able to choose his salvation. We saw last time that man is unable to do that which he would choose to do and yet, in his stubbornness, he chooses to do so anyway. We also saw that any ability we may have to do good is given to us by God. We saw that in the verse of Scripture which I closed with:
For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to will and to act for His good purpose. (Philippians 2:13 HCSB)
So many people believe that we have a choice when it comes to matters of the Spirit. They seem to see man as having the same ability in the spiritual world as he seems to have in the physical world. Nowhere in Scripture is this taught, but it is what people hold to dogmatically.
In the verses I quoted today from 1 Corinthians, this idea is completely shot down. Paul flat out says that it is GOD’s doing that we are in Christ Jesus. It doesn’t matter what we have chosen. If we are in Christ Jesus, it is because He has put us there.
Here are John Gill’s thoughts on 1 Corinthians 1:30, the part about us being in Christ being the work of God. This is what I will close today with.
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus,…. These words, as they direct to the proper object of glorying, Christ, so they show the high honour the called ones are brought to in and through Christ, and are opposed to their outward meanness, folly, weakness, poverty, and contempt. They are first of God the Father, of his own rich free grace and goodness, without any regard to any motive, merit, or desert of theirs, put into Christ by electing grace, in whom they are preserved and blessed; and which is their original secret being in him; and is made manifest by regenerating grace, by their being made new creatures; which also is not owing to their blood, or to the will of the flesh, or to the will of man, but to God and his free favour in Christ: and in consequence of their being in Christ, as their head and representative, he becomes all to them…”