Do you agree with Rom.8:7-8?...."Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."
Do you also agree further on down in verses 20 & 21 "For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."
Notice those bolded words.... MADE SUBJECT...NOT WILLINGLY....?
Notice also who made the creature subject...BY HIM (God).
God is SOVEREIGN...and it is His will alone that is done...not the will of man.(Eph.1:11)
We are His workmanship...and no one can boast that they CHOSE HIM...it was He that first loved us and chose us.
Jesus said that "If I be lifted up I will draw (greek *drag*) ALL men unto me."
It is all Him and all His work of drawing each and every person to Himself.
God is the one who softens and hardens hearts...remember Pharoah?
Lastly, I agree with the scriptures that Jesus is the possessor of the Keys to Hell and Death and as possessor He is owner and has the power to open and close the gates to whomsoever He wills.
The Kingdom of God is a topic for another time....smile... many believers think that because they are saved this AUTOMATICALLY makes them inheritors of the Kingdom of God but that is not true. Salvation is a free gift to ALL (and those who have received salvation are even now enjoying the blessings and benefits of the Kingdom for they have been translated out of the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of God's Son.... but to be an inheritor of the Kingdom of God...to rule and reign with Christ...one has to be qualified and found approved...and these are those that Jesus refers to as the OVERCOMERS.
Jesus is the saviour of the WHOLE WORLD, "As in Adam all die, so too in Christ ALL shall be made alive." (ICor.15:22) All means all. The pagan 'hell' of literal fire & eternal torment is a lie and is SPIRITUAL TERRORISM. http://www.hopebeyondhell.net
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