David Turner on the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man in Jesus’ preaching (Matthew 11:25-30)

Here Turner is commenting on Matthew 11:25-30 where Jesus states that “…no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him,” and in the same breath makes an appeal to his listeners, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden…”

The way in which Jesus links the sovereignty of God (Matt. 11:25-27) to an appeal for human decision (11:28-30) is striking. In the history of the church, polarization on these two areas of its doctrine has occurred regularly. Some teachers emphasize the sovereignty of God and others stress human responsibility. But since biblical texts often speak of these matters side by side (e.g. Gen. 50:20; Acts 2:23; 13:48; 2 Tim. 2:10), it seems foolish to attempt to separate them. Ultimately, it is due only to the sovereign grace of God that sinners repent and believe in Jesus. This grace operates only through the message of the gospel of Jesus. When the gospel is rejected, followeres of Jesus can only reaffirm God’s sovereignty and continue to offer the gospel. People come to faith for two reasons: ultimately, because of God’s purpose in election and, instrumentally, because they have heard the gospel. The missional church must continue to rest in the sovereignty of God and the sufficiency of the gospel to bring people to faith.

David L. Turner, Matthew, p. 306


About cteldridge

A beggar trying to tell other beggars were the Bread is.
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