- Mar 24, 2019
Amen! Although it is our responsibility to choose to believe and we will be held accountable for unbelief (John 3:18) coming to Christ is not "exclusively" a matter of human decision. Unless the Father draws us (John 6:44) and enables us/it has been granted by the Father (John 6:65) we would NEVER come to Christ all by ourselves. The approach of the soul to Christ is initiated by the Father, but He doesn't force us to come to Christ and we must choose to come to Him once enabled. The impulse to come to Christ comes from the Father.
I agree we are held accountable for unbelief and can choose to start as willfully ignorant only to then be blinded.
But I didn't hear the gospel and say "oh I choose to believe that"....
I heard it as a child and didn't understand it. Went through life not caring about it. Was drawn to the truth and it terrified me. Tried to honestly reject it but I did it through reading the bible and looking for HONEST proof against Jesus....
The bible rang true then I had to believe when I couldnt escape the fear of the judgement I knew I deserved.
I also didn't choose to trust in Christ over my own actions.... at first I believed my actions would dictate wether or not I am seen as righteous come judgement.... I did not choose to be delivered from this into trusting in Christ....
God used members of His body to show me my error... again at first I rejected this and looked to Gods word for truth.....
And when the truth rang as Christ being my righteousness.... I believed it because it rang true... not because I wanted it to...
I could say I chose to pick up the bible but that was only because I believed what God revealed to me in regards to the bible being the truth...
That would be an example of faith producing works which I cant even take credit for.
Maybe it's semantics brother, I love the way you say things and admit you are far more experienced and mature than I am... but I can't take credit for my faith.... (if thats not what you were implying I am sorry for misunderstanding you... I respect you a lot as my older brother in Christ)
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