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In Light of The 9 Gifts of The Spirit: Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning of Spirits, Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues according 1 Corinthians 12:8-10...Do you believe that "Speaking in Tongues" is the first evidence of being filled with The Holy Ghost?
Luke 13: 3
Jesus Christ said "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
If Man does not choose to repent, why does Jesus Christ say they will perish if they don't?
If Man has no choice, there's no need to Preach "Repent for The Kingdom of God is at Hand!"
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall recieve The Gift of The Holy Ghost!
I truly hope that you Encourage others to make The Choice: to Repent and Recieve Jesus as Lord and Savior. Because the other side of that is to tell them to wait until God forces them to Repent and Recieve Jesus, which is not Biblical.
"Every Knee shall bow...but every one will not choose to be Saved!"
God Bless you brother!
Pastor James, the Bible teaches as you well know that Repentance is a "GIFT" of God that he "GIVES" to whomever HE chooses. Sinners DONT choose Him, rather HE chooses sinners.(cf Acts 5:31; 11:18; 2 Tim 2:25).
Like Prophet smith has stated, Repentance IS the fruit of the Holy Spirit's Sovereign work in the life of an unbeliever. I think that I would rather use the word, "work" verses "fruit". Repentance is the "WORK" of the H.S's sovereign ministry in the life of an unbeliever. John 3:8 speaks clearly of the Spirit's sovereign work of salvation in the life of an unbeliever.
The only way a sinner can repent is by divine enablement. Sinful humanity left to himself could NOT nor would NOT repent (cf Eph 2:1-3).
As you know with a Gift, you choose to Recieve it or Reject it. You don't have to Recieve a Gift if you don't want to. You can be encouraged to Recieve a Gift, but you are not forced to Recieve a Gift. You can't get around Free-will.
Acts 5:31- "He gave repentance to Israel" but all of Israel did not Recieve The Pathway to Repentence nor is all of Israel saved!
Acts 11:18- Again "God grants repentance" but it's Man's choice to Recieve it or Reject it.
2 Tim. 2:25- Again "God gives repentence" but Man chooses!
Eph. 2:1-3 states that "Men are by nature childern of wrath" yet look at some examples of Childern of wrath and how they knew how to repent, and recieve Mercy from God.
***Consider The King of Egypt repenting from, unknowingly taking Abraham's wife!
***Consider The Ruler of Nineveh repenting when Jonah Preached!
***Consider The King of Babylon repenting after be judged in The Book of Daniel.
We can try to use various Technical Terms to try and convince people that they are Robots, but at the end of The Day, when Man "Desires" to do right, God will make sure that Man will have an option for The Pathway to Repentance...He's that kind of God, Full of Mercy!!!
Pastor James consider John 15:16 which states," YOU did not CHOOSE Me, but I CHOSE you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you". Pastor, our free will is certainly a reality, I can choose to wear green versus blue, eat cheerios versus Kix all of these things are within my ABILITY. BUT i'm not free to choose my salvation because it's not within my nature (Eph 2) nor ability. Our free will is attached to one's ability. Neither I nor you have the ability to flap our arms and fly, therefore our free will is hampered, it's still there it just doesn't apply to flying. Salvation is a gift because it has to be. If God didn't graciously give it we couldn't nor wouldn't receive it. Your understanding of God's sovereign Grace affects everything you do in ministry.
God Bless you Brother McCauley,
I Hear what you saying...but with careful analyzing... one would notice in John 15:16- statement "You did not choose me..." Judas was one the persons He was talking to. Did Judas the Betrayer, choose to recieve Jesus???
One can be drafted or choosen to serve in The Army, but one can choose to run away!
One can be choosen to recieve a Million dollars, and reject it!
We can agree, we can't save ourselves!!! But where I think we differ, I believe we can choose to Recieve The Savior, who can save us!
I agree, my understanding of God's Sovereign Grace affects and effects everything I do in ministry...and I believe what His Sovereign Word says I can do...Believe Him with All My Mind, Soul, Heart...I think you get the point.
God Bless you Brother McCauley!
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