Saturday, February 4, 2017

TO WILL OR NOT TO WILL, THAT IS THE QUESTION

1 Timothy  4:1-2
Now the Spirit  speaketh  expressly,  that  in  the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving  heed  to  seducing  spirits, and  doctrines of devils; Speaking  lies in hypocrisy; having  their conscience  seared with a hot iron.
Definition of "depart" from this verse from the Greek 
1. to make stand off, cause to withdraw, to remove
   1. to excite to revolt
2. to stand off, to stand aloof
   1. to go away, to depart from anyone
   2. to desert, withdraw from one
   3. to fall away, become faithless
   4. to shun, flee from
   5. to cease to vex one
   6. to withdraw one's self from, to fall away
   7. to keep one's self from, absent one's self from
Part(s) of speech: Verb
Strong's: t to remove, that is, (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, etc.: - depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self.

The fact that the human will and decision making is involved is evident.

Act 7:51
You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
If we cannot resist the grace of God, than God is a liar. He would not only be a liar, but truly unjust, not just for holding us accountable for not coming to salvation, but doing so while seemingly giving the impression that we have free-will.
The latter dispels the notion of a difference for new covenant believers. The Jews here are being held accountable for stubbornly resisting the Holy Spirit, just as their ancestors did.