Summary: How is God able to save to the uttermost? Questions answered from Romans 8:29-30.
My God Is Able To Save
(Hebrews 7:25) "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."
How is God able to save to the uttermost? (Romans 8:29-30)
God is Able to See. (Foreknowledge - to know in advance, or to see what is ahead)
(Jer. 1:5) "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." (Rom. 11:2) "God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew..." (Acts 2:23) "Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;" (1 Pet. 1:2) (To the) "elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father..."
God Is Able To Select. (Predestination)
(Isa. 46:10) "declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ’My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose," (John 15:16) "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain..." (Ephesians 1:4) "just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love," (v 5) ’having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will," (v 9) "having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself," (v 11) "In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,"
"On certain things Scripture is clear: (1) we all, because of our sinfulness, deserve only God’s condemnation; (2) our salvation is entirely because of God’s grace and God’s initiative; (3) the dominant emphasis is not on the fact that some are chosen by God and some are not, but on what is the purpose of God for those chosen: "to be conformed to the likeness of his Son"
God Is Able To Summon. (Effectual Calling)
An effectual call is something more than the outward message of the Word of God to men. It is internal, and is the result of the enlightening and sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit (John 6:44) "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day." effectually drawing men to Christ, and disposing and enabling them to receive the truth (John 6:45) "It is written in the prophets, ’And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me." (Acts 2:39) "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 13:48) "And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed." (Paul & Barnabus) (2 Tim. 2:24-26) "And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.