Does Salvation rest in the "free will" of man or in The Sovereign God who shows mercy on whom He chooses to show mercy???
Where do these verses say belief and salvation come from? Is it from the creature of the Creator God?
1.Phil 1:29 For iT HAS BEEN GRANTED to you on behalf of Christ not only TO BELIEVE ON HIM, but also to suffer for him,
2.1 Peter 1:1-4 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has CAUSED US TO BE BORN AGAIN to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
3.1 Peter 2:8-9 and, "A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE"; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also APPOINTED. 9But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of HIM WHO HAS CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT;
4. 1 Cor 1:24,30 but TO THOSE WHOM GOD HAS CALLED, BOTH JEWS AND GREEKS, CHRIST THE POWER OF GOD AND THE WISDOM OF GOD… 30IT IS BECAUSE OF HIM THAT YOU ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
5.Eph 1:4-5 FOR HE CHOSE US IN HIM BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD TO BE HOLY AND BLAMELESS IN HIS SIGHT. IN LOVE 5HE PREDESTINED US TO BE ADOPTED as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
6.Eph 1:11 IN HIM WE WERE ALSO CHOSEN, HAVING BEEN PREDESTINED ACCORDING TO THE PLAN of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
7.1 Thess 5:9 For GOD DID NOT APPOINT US to suffer wrath but TO RECEIVE SALVATION THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
8.2 Thess 2:13-14 "But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU FROM THE BEGINNING FOR SALVATION through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 14And it was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."
9.2Tim1:9who has saved us and called us to a holy life not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.THIS GRACE WAS GIVEN US IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME,
10.1 Cor 12:3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and NO ONE CAN SAY, "JESUS IS LORD," EXCEPT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
11.Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving That which I have vowed I will pay SALVATION IS FROM THE LORD."
12.Matt 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS."
13.Matt11:27"All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone knowthe Father except the Son, and ANYONE TO WHOM THE SON WILLS TO REVEAL HIM.
14.John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, WHO WERE BORN, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, BUT OF GOD
15.John 3:3-8 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is BORN AGAIN." 4"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" 5Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God UNLESS HE IS BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be BORN AGAIN.' 8THE WIND BLOWS WHEREVER IT PLEASES. YOU HEAR ITS SOUND, BUT YOU CANNOT TELL WHERE IT COMES FROM OR WHERE IT IS GOING. SO IT IS WITH EVERYONE BORN OF THE SPIRIT."
16.Acts 11:18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, "SO THEN, GOD HAS GRANTED EVEN THE GENTILES REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE."
17.Acts 13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; AND ALL WHO WERE APPOINTED FOR ETERNAL LIFE BELIEVED.
18.Acts 16:14 "… Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and THE LORD OPENED HER HEART to respond to the things spoken by Paul."
19.John 5:21. "For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the SON ALSO GIVES LIFE TO WHOM HE WISHES.
20.John 6:44 "NO ONE CAN COME TO ME UNLESS THE FATHER WHO SENT ME DRAWS HIM, and I will raise him up at the last day.
21.John 6:64-65 Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65He went on to say, "This is why I told you that NO ONE CAN COME TO ME UNLESS THE FATHER HAS ENABLED HIM."
22.John 10:24-29 The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." 25Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, 26but YOU DO NOT BELIEVE BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT MY SHEEP. 27MY SHEEP LISTEN TO MY VOICE; I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW ME. 28 I GIVE THEM ETERNAL LIFE, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30I and the Father are one."
23.John 17:2For you granted him authority over all people that HE MIGHT GIVE ETERNAL LIFE TO ALL THOSE YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM.
24.John 17:9 I pray for them. I AM NOT PRAYING FOR THE WORLD, but FOR THOSE YOU HAVE GIVEN ME, for they are yours.
25.Eph5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR HER
26.Heb12:2Let us fix our eyes on JESUS,THE AUTHOR AND PERFECTER OF OUR FAITH,who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
27.Jude 1Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, TO THOSE WHO ARE THE CALLED, BELOVED IN GOD THE FATHER, AND KEPT FOR JESUS CHRIST:
28.Rom 8:28-30 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, TO THOSE WHO ARECALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. For those whom He FOREKNEW, He also PREDESTINED to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He PREDESTINED, He also CALLED; and these whom He called, He also JUSTIFIED; and these whom He justified, He also GLORIFIED.
29.Rom 11:2-7 God did not reject his people, WHOM HE FOREKNEW. Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3"Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me"? 4And what was God's answer to him? "I have RESERVED for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal." 5So too, at the present time there is a remnant CHOSEN BY GRACE. 6And IF BY GRACE, THEN IT IS NO LONGER BY WORKS; IF IT WERE, GRACE WOULD NO LONGER BE GRACE. 7What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but THE ELECT did. The others were hardened,
30. Titus 3:5 HE SAVED US, not because of righteous things we had done, but BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
31.Rev 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose NAME HAS NOT BEEN WRITTEN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD IN THE BOOK OF LIFE OF THE LAMB who has been slain.