"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    "...nor of the will of the flesh" (Jn. 1:13)

    "...who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." (Jn. 1:13). The Bible declares there are only two states of being: flesh and Spirit, (regenerate or unregenerate) and that it is only those who are born of the Spirit (Jn. 3:6, 6:63)* who will infallibly come to Jesus (Jn. 6:37, 6:65)**. The native resources of the flesh are, therefore, morally impotent to meet God's humbling requirement to believe the gospel. (1:13)

    * "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
    * "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all..."

    ** "All that the Father gives me will come to me"
    ** "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father."

    Posted by John on May 18, 2010 03:46 PM


    Interesting point. I think this speaks to the call of all of us in our evangelism to first seek the Spirit's direction, and second, to recognize the work of the Spirit in those around us so we know where to focus our efforts. Investing time into activity where the Spirit is not working will not be fruitful, no matter how well we may want to justify it.

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