Maria, I have pondered this article for some time now, and it grieves me in my heart to have men called Grace haters who take every word of God seriously, ponder it, study it, and apply it as God in His grace allows. The Apostle Paul tells us to make our calling and election sure. This word of God to us, too, is because of God’s grace, for were we to have no part in the acceptance of so great a salvation we would need no such admonition, but should we have even the most minor part of exercising belief in God’s word manifest in His Son; then this admonition cannot be left out, for to do so would place our calling in Great jeopardy. Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him as righteousness.
I’m sure that you are aware that faith, without which we cannot please God, is not only a gift to us from God, but it is also a fruit of the Spirit. Jesus told us to abide in Him otherwise we cannot bear fruit, and if we do not bear fruit — faith being a fruit, we will be cut off as a branch which bears no fruit to be cast into the fire and burned. David said take not Thy Holy Spirit from me, why? — without His Holy Spirit fruit ceases. And though it is true that that fruit cannot be produced without Him, it is also true that if we do not abide in Him, believe in Him, as the word of God who He is, then we can bear no faith. Make your calling and election sure. As Paul also said: “In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
1 Timothy 4:6,8,14-16
My only question to you is this — if Paul’s meaning as understood by you as he (Michael) states it in his post, why is Timothy’s own salvation and that of his hearers dependent upon his doctrine and teaching?
THE APOSTLE PAUL’S CONVERSION – A PATTERN OF THE CONVERSION OF EVERY BELIEVER TO COME!
When presented with the method of salvation of God’s people in the scriptures whether it be Lydia or Paul, the haters of Sovereign Grace and the Total Depravity of man always retort saying, “Oh but those were stray instances you are quoting. Yes the Lord may have opened Lydia’s heart (Acts 16:14) to believe, but the rest of us are required to open the door of our own hearts and accept Christ! Yes the Lord arrested the Christ hating Saul of Tarsus and made him a Christian almost against his will, but the rest of us are required to choose Christ by exercising our own free-will!”
Here’s what the Apostle himself says of the Lord’s dealings with him – “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ…
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