To the glory of God alone (Sola Deo Gloria)
— God planned our salvation before the world was created and before we were born (Ephesians 1:3-14; 2 Timothy 1:9; Romans 8:29-30).
— God predestined, before time began, who would be saved and who would be left in their own rebellion and curruption (Eph 1:3-13; Romans 9).
— God accomplished our salvation in history in Christ Jesus before we could make any choice (Romans 5:8).
— God regenerated us by His Spirit before we believed in Christ (John 1:12-13; 1 John 5:1,2; John 3:3-5).
— Christ sent gospel messengers to tell us the truth and publish the gospel before we could believe in Him (Romans 10:13-15).
— God made us aware of our sins (John 16:8) and showed us the penalty of sins before we wanted to believe.
— We believe and repent because God granted us these gifts (Ephesians 2:8,9).
— We continue to believe and follow Jesus because the Holy Spirit keeps working in us (Ephesians 1:12,13).
— The good work that God started He will finish (Phil 1:6)
— Those whom God predestined, He will effectually call unto salvation, justify in time, and glorify in heaven (Romans 8:29-30).
— No one will pluck God’s children out of Christ’s hand and out of the Father’s hand (John 10:27-30).
— The determining reason why children of God will persevere is because God determines and causes them to persevere (John 6:35-40; Jeremiah 32:36-40; Ezekiel 36).
— All the glory therefore belongs to God for the believers’ regeneration, their justification, sanctification and glorification (1 Cor 1:30).
— Only God can give glorified, indestructible bodies, to those whom he wills to give them, as He is God.
— God has the prerogative to give salvation to whom he chooses, as he is God, and has the power to do so, Sola Deo Gloria (Romans 9:13-16).
— All the glory belongs to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for anyone’s salvation (Revelation 5:9-11; Revelation 7:9-11), not to the power of our self-determination to be saved (Romans 9:16).
— We boast in Christ and in God exclusively for our salvation, not partly because of us (1 Corinthians 1:30; Galatians 6:16).
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36 ESV)