Jesus Christ the Fiery Serpent

Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

Posted on MARCH 24, 2013

You who extol the free will as a great force are clinging to a root of PRIDE.

Yes, you may choose what you want, and you may plan what you will do; but your will is not free to accomplish anything contrary to the purposes of Jehovah. Neither have you any power to reach your goals but that which Jehovah allows you.

John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Who's work are they inquiring about? God's! What then is God's work? Belief on Him? What is belief, but FAITH. So it is not my choice to come to faith But God's work in me that I should beleive on Him!


Ezekiel 11:18 And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 11:21 But [as for them] whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.

( Hebrews 8: 8-13 )

Prov.16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Jer 10:23
23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Yes, you may choose what you want, and you may plan what you will do; but your will is not free to accomplish anything contrary to the purposes of Jehovah. Neither have you any power to reach your goals but that which Jehovah allows you.

If you are so into your own will, remember Jesus’ parable about the rich man. The wealthy man said,” ‘I will do this: I will tear down my storehouses and build bigger ones, and there I will gather all my grain and all my good things; 19 and I will say to my soul: “Soul, you have many good things laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, enjoy yourself.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Unreasonable one, this night they are demanding your soul from you. Luke 12:18-21

He was free to plan but not free to accomplish; so is it with you.

But freedom of will is cited as an important factor in making moral decision. Man’s will is said to be free to choose between good and evil. But again we must ask, from what is it free? And what is man’s will free to choose?

The will of man is his power to choose between alternatives. Your will does decide your actions from a number of options. You have the faculty to direct your Owen thought, words, and deeds. Your decision are not formed by an outside force, but from within yourself. No man is compelled to act contrary to his will, nor forced to say what he does not wish. Your will guides your actions.

Yet this does not mean that the power to will is free from all influence. You make choices based on your understanding, your feelings, your likes and dislikes, and your appetites. In other words, your will is not free from yourself! Your choices are determined by your own basic character. The will is not independent of your nature, but a slave to it Your choices do not shape your character, but character guides your choices. The will is quite partial to what you know, feel, love, and desire. You always choose on the basis of your disposition, according to the condition of your heart.

It is for this reason that your will is not free to do good. Your will is the servant of your heart, and your heart is evil. “ And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” ( Gen. 6:5) “ There is none that doeth good, no not one” ( Rom. 3:12) NO power forces man to sin contrary to his will, but the descendants of Adam are so evil that they always choose evil

Your decisions are molded by your understanding, and the Bible says of all men, “ And their foolish heart was darkened” (Rom.1:21) Man can only be righteous when he desires to have fellowship with God, but, There in NONE that seeketh after GOD” ( Rom. 3:11) Your appetites crave sin, and thus you cannot choose God. To choose God is contrary to human nature. If you chose to obey God, it would be the result of external compulsion. But you are free to choose, and hence your choice is enslaved to your own evil nature.

If fresh meat and tossed salad were placed before a hungry lion, he would choose the flesh. This is because his nature dictates the selection. It is just so with man. The will of man is free from outside force, but not from the bias of human nature. That bias is against God. Man’s powers od decision are free to choose whatever the human heart dictates; Therefore there is no possibility of a man choosing to please God without a prior work of divine Grace!

What most people mean by free will is the idea that man is by nature neutral and therefore able to choose either good or evil. This is simply not true. The human will and the whole of human nature is bent to only evil continually. Jeremiah asked, “ Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that accustomed to do evil” ( Jere. 13:23). It is impossible. It is contrary to the nature. Thus do men desperately need the supernatural transformation of their natures, else their wills are enslaved to choosing evil.

In spite of “free will,” we have seen that man’s will is not free to choose a course contrary to God’s purpose nor free to act contrary to his own moral nature. Your will does not determine the events of your life nor the circumstance of it. Ethical choices are not formed by a neutral mind but always dictated by your personality makeup

The Myth of Spiritual Freedom

Neverthe less many assert that the human will makes the ultimate choice of spiritual life or spiritual death. They say that here the will is altogether free to choose eternal life offered in Jesus Christ or to reject it. It is said that Jehovah will give a new heart to all who choose by the power of their free will to receive Jesus Christ.

There can be no question that receiving Jesus Christ is an act of the Human will. It is often called “faith.” But how do men come to willingly receive the LORD? It is usually answered,” Out of the power of their own free will.” But how can that be? Jesus is a PROPHET. To receive Him means to believe all that He says. In John 8:41-45 Jesus made it clear that you were born of Satan. This evil father hates the truth and imparted the same bias into your heart by nature. Hence said Jesus, Because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” How does the human will jump out of man to choose to believe what the human mind hates and denies.

Futher, to receive Jesus means to embrace him as a Priest - that is, to employ and depend on him to sue out peace with God by sacrifice and intercession. Paul tells us that the mind with which we were born is hostile to God( Rom. 8:7). How can the will escape the influence of human nature which was born with a violent enmity to God? It would be insane for the will to choose peace when every bone and drop of blood cries out for rebellion.

Then too, receiving Jesus means to welcome Him as a King. It means choosing to obey His every command, to confess His right of rule, and to worship before His throne. But the human mind, emotions, and desire all cry out,” We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14).
If my whole being hates His truth, hates His rule, and hates peace with Jehovah, how can my will be responsible for receiving Jesus? How can such a sinner have FAITH?

It is not man’s will but Jehovah’s Grace that must be THANKED for giving a sinner a new heart. Unless Jehovah changes the heart, creates a new spirit of peace, truthfulness, and submission, man will not choose to receive Jesus Christ and eternal life in him. A new heart must be given before a man can believe, or else the human will is hopelessly enslaved to evil human nature - even in the matter of conversion. Jesus said, “ Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” ( John3:7). Unless you are, you will never see His Kingdom.

Read John 1:12 & 13. It says that those who believe on Jesus have been “ born not of the will of man, but of God.” As your will is not responsible for your comming into this world, it is not responsible for the new birth. It is your Creator who must be thanked for your life, and if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation (II Cor. 5:17) Who ever chose to be created? When Lazarus rose from the dead, he then could choose to answer the call of Christ, but he could not choose to come to life. So Paul said in Ephesian2:5 “Even when we were dead in sins God hath quickened us together with Christ, ( by Grace ye are saved).” Faith is the first act of a will made new by the Holy Spirit. Receiving Christ is an act of man just as breathing is, but God must first give life.

The will is in chains of an evil human nature. You who extol the free will as a great force are clinging to a root of PRIDE. Man, as fallen in sin, is utterly helpless and hopeless. The will of man offers no hope. It was the will choosing the for-bidden fruit that brought us this misery. The powerful Grace of God alone offers deliverance. Cast yourself upon God’s mercy for salvation.

Jer 18:6
6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

Dan 4:35
35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?