Still at it I see. WOWZA, who is that gorgeous man in your avatar?? Could it be .... surely not. heheBefore I begin this, let me just say that at this point and after reading all your posts, my frustration levels have peaked. I think it's safe to assume that you're either, not reading my posts fully, not understanding my posts, or just blatantly rejecting every bible-quote and assertions I post. With that being said...<quoted text>You say that as if I'm a novice-- not knowing how to compare spiritual with spiritual, nor knowing almost the whole bible by heart.
<quoted text>And the point you're neglecting is that just the term "repent" is an action expected of us. Of a surety, we would not be instructed to fulfill anything that we were incapable of performing on our own.
<quoted text>First, the above quotes say nothing as to who will repent. All these say is that our anointed Savior prayed for his apostles and by extension, those that will come to fulfill the same vocation. But, like I've been saying, every person elected are believers, but not every believer is elected.
<quoted text>And once again, you're overlooking speaker-audience relevance and the intended meaning.
1) Speaker-audience relevance: "those that oppose themselves"-- Gentiles that haven't yet converted.
2) "if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth"-- "give them repentance" means "grant them repentance." What this is saying is that there's hope that the Gentiles that might repentant will do so accordingly. If their repentance is not genuine and sincere, then their expression of repentance will not be accepted even though repentance, itself, is still granted them.
<quoted text>And that's why I composed a whole post of biblical quotes that prove that we become alive by hearing or reading, and learning, the word of "God". Apparently, you rejected every verse and assertion. You must have, because you said not one thing about that post.