"Inability No Excuse": Writing Leave Day 8

December 7, 2015 | by: Elijah Layfield | 0 comments

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Page count as of today stands at 309. I spent a good bit of my time looking how Paul uses the gospel in Romans, Ephesians, and Philippians. It is telling and encouraging how the apostle to the Gentiles, the one set apart for the gospel of God, ends his letter to the Ephesians by asking them not once, but twice, to pray for his boldness. Pray “also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:19–20 ESV).

Also, I studied John Piper’s chapter on conversion from Desiring God. Here’s a very helpful quote in regard to our duty to obey the Gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, Romans 10:16, and 1 Peter 4:17).

This is a great stumbling block for many people—to assert that we are responsible to do what we are morally unable to do. The primary reason for asserting it is not that it springs obviously from our normal use of reason, but that the Bible so plainly teaches it. It may help, however, to consider that the inability we speak of is not owing to a physical handicap, but to moral corruption. Our inability to believe is not the result of a physically damaged brain, but of a morally perverted will. Physical inability would remove accountability. Moral inability does not. We cannot come to the light, because our corrupt and arrogant nature hates the light. So when someone does come to the light, ‘it is clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought by God’ (John 3:21).” (John Piper, Desiring God, 65).

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