Thursday, January 01, 2009

Getting Bent

"I do not deny that in conversion man himself wills. In everything that he does, thinks, feels, he of necessity wills. In believing he wills. In repenting, he wills. In turning from his evil ways, he wills — all this is true. The opposite is both untrue and absurd. But while fully admitting this, there is another question behind it, of great interest and moment: Are these movements of man’s will toward good the effects of the forth-putting of God’s will? Is man willing because he has made himself so; or is he willing because God has made him so? Does he become willing entirely by an act of his own will, or by chance, or by moral suasion, or because acted on by created causes or influences from without?

I answer unhesitatingly that he becomes willing because of another and a superior will — God’s, that has come into contact with his, altering its nature and its bent. This new bent is the result of a change produced upon it by Him who alone, of all beings, has the right, without limitation, to say in regard to all events and changes, “I will!” The man’s will has followed the movement of the Divine will. God has made him willing. God’s will is first, not second, in the movement. Even a holy and perfect will depends for guidance upon the will of God. Even when renewed it still follows, it does not lead. Much more an unholy will, for its bent must be first changed. And how can this be, if God is not to interpose His power?" —Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Excerpt taken from "Truth and Error (The Opening of the Scriptural Truth of the Doctrines of Grace) by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), p16-17 Pietan Publications 1998

1 comment:

steve martin said...

We love, because He first loved us.

"You do not choose me (Jesus said), but I choose you."

"Who were born not of blood, nor of the flesh, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN, but of God."

I highlighted that will statement from the gospel of John.