Chosen but Free by Norman L. Geisler


Chosen but Free by Norman L. Geisler

Author:Norman L. Geisler [Geisler, Norman L.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Salvation Theory, Protestant, Religious Studies, Theology, Anthropology, Religious Studies & Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles, Soteriology, Christian
ISBN: 0764225219
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: 2001-09-02T00:00:00+00:00


CYRIL OF JERUSALEM (c. 312-386)

Know also that thou hast a soul self-governed, the noblest work of God, made after the image of its Creator, immortal because of God that gives it immortality, a living being rational, imperishable, because of Him that bestowed these gifts: having free power to do what it willeth (Lecture, IV 18).

There is not a class of souls sinning by nature and a class of souls practicing righteousness by nature; but both act from choice, the substance of their souls being of one kind only and alike in all (ibid., 20).

The soul is self-governed: and though the Devil can suggest, he has not the power to compel against the will. He pictures to thee the thought of fornication: if thou wilt, thou rejectest. For if thou wert a fornicator of necessity, then for what cause did God prepare hell? If thou wert a doer of righteousness by nature and not by will, wherefore did God prepare crowns of ineffable glory? The sheep is gentle, but never was it crowned for its gentleness; since its gentle quality belongs to it not from choice but by nature (ibid., 21).



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