Is God’s grace limited by our choices?

COULD someone reject God – even after hearing the right gospel, seeing the fruits of it in millions of people’s lives, living in a world without the devil’s influence, watching God in action, and realizing the obvious fact that God loves him?

Some Christians would answer, “Oh yes, the possibility always exists that someone might reject God, because,” they say, “God gave us the power of choice, or free will, and he will never force his will on us. He won’t make us love him, and if we decide not to love him, he accepts our choice.”

But God didn’t accept Adam and Eve’s choice, did he? – and their choice affected all humanity too (Romans 5:12). As an entire race of beings, therefore, we made our choice long ago, but did God accept it? No. He personally set up Abraham and an unbroken line of his descendants all the way to the birth of Jesus, and through Jesus the promise of salvation for Jew and Gentile alike (Luke 2:29-32). Rather than accept our choice, then, God set about correcting it. Not for a moment did God let the poor use of our free will and our proclivity to wrong choices decide our eternal destiny.

When Adam made his choice “sin entered the world,” and so did death, Romans 5:12, “BUT,” verse 20, “where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” That’s a clear statement that God’s grace is greater than any sin or wrong choice we make. “When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down,” as The Message phrases it. In other words, God’s grace isn’t the least bit limited by our choices. Even if our wrong choices increase, grace simply increases all the more.

Fortunately, grace overrules our choices. If it didn’t we’d all stand condemned forever (verse 18), because look at the pickle our free will got us into. Because of our choices we all ended up “falling short of the glory of God” – BUT – God stepped in and “justified (us) freely by his grace” (Romans 3:23-24). Grace effectively cancelled out our choices, because that’s how great his grace is.

But what if we abuse his grace or even reject it? Is that the point at which God says, “That’s it, you’re dead forever”? To even think that of God, though, is to “insult the Spirit of grace,” Hebrews 10:29. The one thing that makes God extremely angry is not believing his grace is supreme (same verse). So why would Christians believe his grace is limited by human choice, when it wasn’t limited by the worst choice we ever made in Eden, nor was it limited by the whole human race falling short of God’s glory?

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