Our anointed Savior is the author and finisher of my faith. But, doesn't this mean that he's the first and last example of faith to follow?Lee, in man's pride he cannot humble himself to give all the glory to God in His work of salvation alone from beginning to the end this is why He is called the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our salvation, Heb. 12:2. The Alpha and Omega the beginning and the ending.
Can we call it assistance when we're only following what we learn from the bible to begin with?For one to say you have to be baptized, accepet,reach out and accept Jesus, go to church, and on and on it goes no body really knows how much many believe in to assist their so called salvation.
Becoming born-again, no. Becoming born-again is a work that "God" has to perform. But, unless we accept our anointed Savior as our means to "God" is our responsibility.Now to be born again is not the act of mere sinful man it is an act and work and miricle of God alone we do not enter into this work at all and to add to the finished work of Christ is making void the spirit of grace, Heb. 10:29.
That's according to you, based on secular reasoning. There's no verse you can provide that proves that.We had no part in our first birth and we sure do not have any part in our second birth
Becoming a believer and becoming born-again are two different things.those that think they do are really in total denial to think that one had the power to choose the parents when they would be born is just silly the same goes with being [born again] they both are an act and work of God.
Unbeknownst to you, you just called me foolish and void of the spirit.Pride will blind us to the most basic of truth's. However, they are not really basic they are all spiritual this is why only those that are spiritually born again will understand the power of God in the salvation of man it has nothing to do with what man could do if it did then this would mean Jesus died in vain for us if we can merit the work which only God can do. All this is folly and will lead one in danger of their own souls
Why would "God" tell anyone not to harden their hearts if He controlled that anyway?this is why God tells us today if you hear His voice harden not your hearts in the day of provacation.
That's what we're trying to do, Gary.This is why this subject is of the utmost importance we have to make sure as the word declares that our calling and election is sure if we do this we will not fall, 2 Peter 1:10. 2 Cor. 13:5.[QUOTE who="Gary"]2Peter 1:10 says, "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall." Now, didn't Paul mean that "God" will make us diligent so that we can make our calling and election sure, so that we won't fall?
[QUOTE who="Gary"]I hope all will look these verses up to make sure we are on the same track I pray that we all may grow in the grace and knoweldge of the Lord and that He will have mercy on all who reads His word. Thank you. Gary. 1 John 3:13-15.