Comments on De Servo Arbitrio “On the Enslaved Will” or The Bondage of Will

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Reply to: Good point Jeff:

Reply to: Good point Jeff: the leopard cannot change who he is
Submitted by DanFugett on Tue, 2011-07-19 17:02.

Dan writes,

...Christ delivered us from the punishment and power, but not the presence of sin; and the sinner isnt freed enough from the power and punishment of sin to have a free will and conscience to choose godliness.

Jeff writes,

Dan, I wanted to comment on this statement separately from my other comments because I think it is crucial. I am particularly focused on the word will. It is true that we don't possess a pure nature and it is certainly enslaved by sin. But there is a passage I have been reflecting on lately which I believe is the answer.

From the NIV

2 Peter 1

Making One’s Calling and Election Sure

3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

One such promise was the Holy Spirit. Consider this verse from Titus 2 in that light.

11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Seems to goal of the Christian is to submit entirely to Christ. Maybe we struggle with sin because we struggle to submit 100% to God.

May God help us not to sin the sin of disobedience through our unbelief.

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