Revelation 22.17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
John 6.37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
John 6.44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
God is The Supreme Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of His universe. He needs no help from His creation. Known unto Him are all His works. Time, as we know it does not exist with God, for He dwells outside of the bookends of what we call eternity past and eternity future. With the clear revelation of absolute sovereignty, what about human responsibility? Does man have a choice in his or her eternal destiny? Are the invitations in Scripture about coming to faith in Jesus to be understood as valid? Or are they only extended to the elect?
Does Scripture teach election? Yes. Jesus, Angels, Israel and saved individuals are all called the elect in Scripture. But does election eliminate human responsibility? Does election negate choice? Does choice and human responsibility diminish God’s sovereignty? I do not think so.
Throughout Scripture, man or nations are given warnings about what is going to do in the future. They are told who it is that will avert those judgments. Any extreme position on sovereignty or human responsibility is a distortion of the clear language of Scripture. Spiritual double talk on either side of this complex subject abounds. Proponents on either side of the issue are left with Scriptures that they must either explain away or interpret them to say what they do not say in order to preserve their systems of theology. Beloved, there is a precious mystery in the Scripture that simply cannot be ignored or explained away. His sovereign rule and government leave one speechless and in awe. Human responsibility is found in words like choose, repent, come and turn. Only God is God. He is The Potter, we are the clay. If there is no ability to choose, then the great commission is not a valid proclamation of the gospel, but a quest to discover the divine pieces of the puzzle.