“But just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.’ For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NASB)
Salvation is totally of God, from God, by God, through God, and without God there is no salvation. Jesus said to His disciples, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).
God is not found by searching; He is not found through wisdom; He is not found in a laboratory on a slide under a microscope nor in a test tube. The eye of man’s perception cannot see the things of God. The ear of man’s concentration cannot locate God. The brain of man, no matter how filled with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, cannot figure out God with His love, mercy, and longsuffering toward man. The things of God are made known only through the Holy Spirit: “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” 1 Cor. 2:14 (NASB).
The natural man, regardless of how much education he may have, cannot understand God, cannot appreciate God, and cannot receive God. The very desire to be saved is planted in the heart through the power of the Holy Spirit and hearing the Word of God: “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” Romans 10:17 (NASB).
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out his slaves to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn’t want to come. Again, he sent out other slaves, and said, ‘Tell those who are invited: Look, I’ve prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
But they paid no attention and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the others seized his slaves, treated them outrageously and killed them. The king was enraged, so he sent out his troops, destroyed those murders, and burned down their city.
Then he told his slaves, ‘The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore, go to where the roads exit the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ So those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests. But when the king came in to view the guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed for a wedding. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless.
Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Matthew 22:2-14 (HCSB)