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Carnal Man Always Denies God’s Power

July 10, 2012

1 COR 3:1-4 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?

Until we are truly converted by the power of God at HIS choosing in the appointed time,  we will be unable to understand the deep things of God.  Very few are converted as this is ONLY for God’s Elect as the Scriptures declare.  That is who the Scriptures are written for and the carnal man will be ever learning but never able to come to knowledge of the truth.  We have seen this play out on this website in the comments since I myself was converted and began to preach the true gospel.

There really is true unity of the ONE FAITH that is only received as a GIFT from an all-powerful God.    There are no divisions in the Body of Christ.  The same God planted the same gift of faith into all of our hearts.  But a carnal man who thinks faith is something they do and act upon on their own initiatives will strive and contend and divide amongst themselves, arguing the things they have no true understanding about.  The natural (also known as carnal) man cannot receive the deep things of God until they become converted and walk by the Spirit.

1 COR 2:14  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned

There truly is no boasting from any man except that they know the Lord if they are indeed the recipient of this wonderful gift of faith.  The carnal man always asks the question then why do you preach?  The short answer is because God sends us to preach, He calls us and we follow.  But you can also see it here also in 1 COR 3 as Paul explained why they preach.

1 COR 3:5-8  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are ONE (unity of faith), and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

We preach this gospel because God opens ears to those who hear it and that is how God brings about giving the gift of faith.  But we also see that those converted and called by God are working for a reward, a crown of righteousness we see elsewhere.  Salvation is already assured for all men, that is settled in heaven long ago.  We serve God and preach this gospel to obey the one we have now been enslaved to, knowing that if we endure we shall receive a just reward and will rule and reign with Christ in the next age here on the earth.

Jesus spoke to carnal religious people all the time.  They constantly attacked Him and challenged Him using Scripture.  But they were yet carnal and knew not the things of God.  They had no idea of God’s power and they always limited God in their unbelief.  They could not believe He was the Messiah and the Son of God.  The same things is happening today and these Scriptures are written for our admonition.

Matthew 22:29 You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God

But thru all of the preaching of Christ and the disciples that followed, some,  few,  those appointed by God to hear came to know the truth and believe in this glorious gospel, calling on the name of the Lord.

With this background I want to review just some of the Scripture that makes clear that man has no free will to choose God.  That is religion, an invention of the carnal mind of man that has Man seeking after God.  But the true faith and ways of God is that God comes to man based on His election and appointment of time.  Let them be given ears to hear Lord in their appointed time.

Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

This is strong if you see it.  This shows God CAUSES us to walk in obedience.  This is what a new heart, given only by the will of God will do for a man.  Read the whole chapter that describes this glorious promise of God.  Notice all the I WILL’s, showing it is all the work of God.  Notice also why God does it.

Ezekiel 36:22-23 Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.  23 And I will sanctify My great name

It is not for our sake but it is for His sake as it brings glory to God and magnifies His name.  Go read Ezekiel 36 to see this powerful promise from the Most High God.

Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me , When as yet there was none of them.

The whole plan of God’s creation was predetermined.  Every step,  every man,  every bird,  every word,  nothing was left to chance.  Our God is indeed ALL POWERFUL.  The carnal man has a hard time grasping the unlimited power of God.

Psalm 23:1-2 The Lord is my shepherd,  I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.

Go makes us lie down in His rest.  When He decides, it is going to happen.  But this is all for our own good and I for one am praising God for making me lie in His pasture of richness, rest and wisdom.  Thank you Jesus.

Psalm 149:49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope

Again my friends.  Our hope only comes by FAITH and this a gift from God so that no man can boast.

Ephesians  2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Whose work are we?  We are His workmanship.  We are pieces of clay and He is the Master Potter.  It was prepared before the world even began.  That is how powerful and mighty our great God is.

Romans 6:20-23 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.

A slave has no ability to free themselves from slavery or to change masters from the devil to God. This is all the work of God but man continues to deny His power. God’s will is the sanctification of all men. This will happen. An almighty GOD will make sure and physical death is certainly no obstacle as the gospel declares.   Kind of silly to think a slave is in control!

Romans 3;10  There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one

I don’t know about you,  but simple math tells me NONE is NONE.  ZERO, NADA, ZIP.  There is not a single man who chooses to have faith and follow after God.  Did we not teach basic math to our children?  I am being facetious (humorous) of course.  It is God’s way to keep men blind until He chooses.  All revelation comes from the Most High.  Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was speaking to those spiritually wise that had been chosen of God and given these wonderful gifts.  Paul spoke of these good things of the Father given to the sons of God.

Ephesians 1:15  Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,  16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened

Mine eyes have been enlightened by these GIFTS of the Father.  Now I know what the writer of the song meant who wrote “mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”.  This coming is revealed inside of us, to our heart.  Christ IN US,  the hope of glory.

Exodus 4:11  And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?

Who is it that makes man speak?  Who made man’s mouth?  Who makes people blind and who makes them see?  This applies spiritually and as you can see, it is ALL OF GOD not man.

Proverbs 16:1  The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Lest you still doubted that God works ALL things, including all the words we speak,  here you see it again.  Carnal man’s theology has no defense when lined up with Scripture.

Proverbs 16:3-4  The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

We showed that God created evil lately and even makes wicked people to bring about His plan of salvation for all men.  But most still will not believe.

Proverbs 16:9   The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Man may think he is directing his steps and choosing to do or not to do things.  But it really all is in the hands of a mighty and ALL POWERFUL God.  Those that think it is “them” do not believe this gospel and deny the power of God every single time they defend their unbelief.

Jeremiah 18:2-6  “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.

God does NOT make mistakes but He does have the right to make whatever He chooses.  He is GOD.  Let God be true and every man a liar.  God is God and will do what He pleases.  We need to come to understand that all of His works are for good, all the time.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

Man is not directing his steps.  We all are in the hands of the Master Potter.  Let’s look at some more Potter and Clay verses.

Isaiah 29:16  Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

Carnal man in his foolish religion brings Christ down and exalts man at every turn.  But as these Scriptures all declare,  it is all the work of God whether man believes it or not.  Carnal man will deny that God has made them exactly as they are now.  It was ALL ordained of God.

Isaiah 64:8  But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand. 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O Lord, Nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, all of us are Your people.

The Lord has made us in vessels of weak flesh.  This was all on purpose so God can mold and shape us into the image of His Son.  This way God gets all the glory and His name is magnified into the heavens.  We truly can do nothing, even believe the gospel, on our own initiative.  Jesus could DO NOTHING,  the Son of God our Father.  What makes man think he can do anything?

John 5:30  I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

But the carnal man will never ever be able to see it.  They can’t see it even if one declared it to them like I am doing right now.  This revelation can only come from the Father.

John 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit

Jesus makes it pretty clear who chooses who.  We don’t choose God.  All the drawing near and all the giving of faith is a gift and the work of an almighty God.  Amazing that a carnal man can look at this verse and still deny it.  Amazing how strong the blindness God puts over eyes.

John 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out

The GOOD SHEPHERD calls us out of Babylon by name.  Many have not yet been called out and they are the ones that will oppose and attack this true gospel of faith as a gift and salvation for all men.

Phil 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure

It begins to get redundant but who is it that works and will in each of us for HIS good pleasure?  It is God and not man.  Man has no choice in the matter.  If they hear His voice it is because God reveals Himself to them.  If they do not hear, it is because they are still blinded and bound in unbelief by the will of the almighty God.  They are not yet of God and will never ever be able to understand it until God acts.

Romans 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

They are all gifts freely given by God to who HE chooses.  Carnal man keeps arguing that they are not a robot and God can’t force anyone to love Him.  Oh yes He can and that is exactly what God does.  Nobody is good but God. Love is poured into our new hearts only by the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We don’t decide to love God as all these wonderful Scriptures declare.  The Spirit is given to us and it is only by that Spirit that love comes into our heart.

Romans 11:32  For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

People like to blame the Jews and enjoy saying they are all going to an eternal hell.  But those that say such nonsense do not know the Lord.  They do not see that this disobedience and unbelief was all the work of God.  He did it on purpose and tells us why right here, so that He can show mercy to all men by saving them in the end.  Now that is a good God whose love never fails and whose mercy endures forever!!

Romans 9:18  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires

A great chapter about the plan and absolute sovereignty of the Master Potter.  God chooses who sees and He chooses who does not see.  But know in the appointed time, all will see and all knees shall bow to God for His glory.  It is finished.

Eph 2:1  And you hath HE quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins

Who brought the Elect out of spiritual darkness and into this marvelous light of this gospel?  It is God who chooses to adopt His sons and He does it while we are still dead in our sins.  Do you see it?

ACTS 13:48  and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed

This shows the early church and those who came to believe after hearing the foolish sermons from Peter, Paul and the other disciples.  But those that believed were ordained by GOD to believe just as this Scripture says.

ACTS 2:47  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

People did not choose to believe.  They heard this gospel and then God chooses who is saved and when.  But make no mistake; all will be saved in the end.

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

This verse describes Jesus.  What part of ALL things do we not understand?  All the world is held together in the power of Christ.  He is the creator.  We limit God every time our carnal mouth speaks.  We can’t help it; it is all in the potter’s hands.

Isaiah 45:5  I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

Just to be clear, this shows that God is girding (controlling all movements) of all men, even the ones that do not know Him yet.  This is by far the vast majority of people as only few shall find the way to eternal life this side of the grave.

Col 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Paul never boasted that it was his will or his choosing.  He knew as do all of us that have been converted by the power of God, that this wonderful work is all of God and not of ourselves and our choosing.

1 Thess 1:4-5 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Oh yes.  Standing on the Rock and living in the true word in our heart will bring power.  I speak with power never before seen from Pete.  I speak with boldness and confidence, full assurance, zero doubt of what God has done and His willingness and ability to bring to pass all His promises.  This includes the salvation of all men.   When God gives you a gift,  you know it.   It comes with power and with much assurance.  I can now stand and proclaim this gospel boldly knowing it is true.

1 John 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

All that truly are in the faith were begotten of HIM,  by GOD.  He chose us, we did not choose Him.  He chose us out of this world and commissioned us to go and bear fruit and this fruit will remain.  Nobody is going to snatch me out of His hands, and I mean nobody.

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Ah,  the Master Potter working all things, ALL THINGS for the greater good.  He is a wonderful loving and good God. As an adopted son,  I can call Him Abba and know I have an inheritance of all the things of the Kingdom.  That is good.

Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Those that come to faith in this body of flesh, will be few, they are the Elect, the chosen of God.  But all of this was predetermined from the foundations of the world.  As has been said, it is not of merit it is totally a gift from the Potter.  I receive it Lord and I hope I will be worthy of the calling you have now placed upon my life and the life of the other Saints.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus is the only way to come to the truth. Yet we know that nobody can even come to Jesus unless the Father wills. (John 6:44).

Matthew 20:34  So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him

These blind men did not heal their own eyes.  God does all the healing, even opening up spiritual eyes and removing the veil of unbelief that hides this true gospel from the multitudes.

Titus 3:4-7  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

This is God’s purposes for election.  It is all of His choosing and given only by His mercy. Man has absolutely no say so in this.

Romans 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

What make men repent and turn to God is their understanding the goodness of the Lord and His kindness and enduring love.  That is why we repent.  Nobody truly repents to avoid an eternal punishment which is false and creates an image of a false cruel and merciless God.  God must give you the eyes to see this goodness that HE is.  When He opens your eyes,  all the scales and false images and doctrines will fall to the ground. You like me, will be utterly ashamed in that day but yet thru the tears of mourning will be exceedingly glad.  You will come to see God in His glory and goodness.  Man is it good.

COL 2:11,13 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Man does not do surgery on his own heart.  This is all the work of God.  NO FLESH and NO HANDS involved and because of this, man has no say so in the timing of this surgery.  It is all in God’s appointed time.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

God does all the quickening.  This means to unveil the truth of the WORD in our hearts.  He plants it and He reveals the understanding, instantly based on my experience and the stories in the Scriptures.

Jeremiah 24For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Again we see the promise of the NEW COVENANT.  Notice all the “I Will’s” speaking of God doing the work and the total absence of “YOU WILL”.  Man has absolutely nothing to do with salvation.

Jonah 2:9  Salvation is of the Lord.

HE is the Savior.  His arm is not too short to save and will save all in the end.  It is written.  In the first sermon ever preached, Peter spoke of this promise that God would pour out His Spirit ON ALL.  He will do it in the appointed time.  At the end of this sermon,  Pete is asked by the people who were still carnal in their understanding what shall they do?  He answered and explained that if they turn their hearts to this good and loving God who is faithful to His promises, they shall be saved.   All will turn in time but salvation is in the hands and timing of the Master Potter.

ACTS 2:38  Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Do you see this promise is for all, even those of us today “far off”, 2000 years later.  But it only comes to those the LORD calls and chooses.  In the end, God gets it done.  All men are saved.  Knowing this, one can live a life of love, sowing mercy to all being set free from all fear and the worry of having to save ourselves.  The Spirit of God will lead us into obedience as the Scriptures say when we truly come to believe this gospel.  I hope you will be pulled out of darkness as today is the day of salvation for some.

So I hope this list of Scriptures and my brief explanation will give those of you who still do not believe this glorious gospel something to think about.  There are many more that show the truth of God doing the choosing in the appointed time.  This just scratches the surface.  Study these Scriptures, take it to the Lord in prayer.  May the God of all grace and supplications and spiritual blessings show you favor and open the eyes in the appointed time.

We all belong to God.  Whether we live or whether we die,  let’s do it unto the Lord.

1 COR 3:21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours:

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