All or Some?

You deserve the glory

And the honor

Lord we lift our hands in worship

As we lift Your Holy Name

If you were asked the question, “all or some?”  What would be your answer? For most people it would be contingent upon the question, or better still, the complete question.  If the complete question was, “Do you want all or some of the money I borrowed from you?”  Most people would say all.  If the question was, “Do you want to carry all or some of the bricks?  Most would say some.  It all depends.  But as Christians, we should have an unified, universal, and unwavering answer to the following question, “Who should get all the glory for man’s salvation?”  Most Christians would say that God should and does, but is this truth reflected in the things we teach and sing?

The great puritan preacher, George Whitefield, penned these words to a follow minister in 1739, when he observed that it was “The doctrines of the Reformation that did the most to debase man and exalt the Lord Jesus.  … All others leave freewill in man and make him, in part at least, a Savior to himself.” This is a great quote, but does the Bible teach this?

“It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you” (Deuteronomy 7:6).

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as his heritage!”(Psalm 33:12).

“…You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off…” (Isaiah 41:9).

“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world… (Ephesians 1:4).

 Yes, the Bible teaches that salvation is all of God.  So, back to the pivotal question: when it comes to salvation, to whom should the glory go? All or some?

Maybe the words of one of my favorite modern-day “praise songs” should be sung like this:

You deserve ALL the glory

And ALL the honor…

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy will’s sake they are, and have been created. {Revelation 4:11 – 1599 Geneva Bible}





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