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"...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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    Handling Objections

    Back in June I was interviewed by Pastor Kevin Boling about my new book "Twelve What Abouts" on the "Knowing the Truth" Radio broadcast. The radio station covers all of South Carolina and parts of the adjacent states.

    There seems to have been a great deal of interest in the broadcast, with more than 700 mp3 downloads, and so I was invited back to do a second interview about the book today. We were able to talk about a number of the "what abouts." Here are the links to the two programs:

    First Interview (MP3)

    Today's Interview (MP3)

    Posted by John Samson on August 14, 2012 12:48 PM

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    I can't tell you how fruitful your free downloads are to the body of Christ. I have two new converts that will gain much from these two sermons besides others I have downloaded. I pastor a small congregation and work a full time job so these sermons help finacially as well as saving time. Continue to bless the kingdom with your work and may God richly bless you all. Amen!!

    "GRACE" is not merely "un-merited favour - it certainly is that for sure. And as such, Paul states "If of works, grace is no more grace" and again "For by grace are you saved through faith...not of works, lest anyone should boast".

    But just as important, "grace" is also used of Divine empowerment or enabling. It is in this sense that Jesus said "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him" (Jn 6: 44), and again, "This is why I said to you, 'No one can come to Me unless it has been granted him of My Father'." (Jn 6: 65). It was this sense that Jesus expressed to Peter upon hearing Peter's confession of faith that Jesus was "the Son of the living God". On hearing that Jesus said "Blessed are you Simon...for flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven" (Matt 16: 17). It was in this sense of empowering/enabling that Luke writing of the ministry of Apollos said "He was of great help to those who BY GRACE believed" (Acts 18:27), and again of the work of God in Lydia's heart Luke states "God opened her heart to heed those things which were spoken by Paul" (Acts 16: 14). Paul himself made a profound statement concerning his own conversion, which many people either miss, or it seems, just ignore. Paul says "When it pleased God who separated me from my mother's womb, to reveal His Son IN me, I did not confer with flesh and blood" (Gal 1: 16). This is so significant, because so much more than a revelation TO Paul, (as in the form of a message or testimony), Jesus was revealed IN Paul. God the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit and the visible manifestation of Jesus Himself, gave a revelation of Jesus Christ IN Paul! So when we speak of "grace" it is BOTH God's "un-merited favour", and His Divine empowering/enabling.

    This is so terrific! Congratulations on your new book—I didn’t realize you had a new one coming out until I stumbled across this blog post. I look forward to taking a few minutes to listen to these interviews—and I can’t wait to get a chance to start reading “Twelve What Abouts”! Thank you, as always, for sharing.

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