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  1. You folks are easily confused by following the teachings of man. Try reading the Scriptures as they are written! God has done EVERYTHING needed to secure our salvation! Nothing we can do can add to it. Man needs to respond ti what God has done! Accept or Reject. Neither of those responses are a “work” nor is it anything to bare any “merit”! It is a response! Man is commanded everywhere throughout the Bible to repent and believe. This is not something that needs “power” from the Holy Spirit in order to make the decision. God has already given us His Son. He has sent the Holy Spirit into the world to convict man of sin, righteousness, and judgement for man to see His need for a Savior. He has given us His Law where every mouth may be stopped and all the world be guilty before God. The Law was a Tutor to bring us to Christ! And God has given us the message of the cross, the GOSPEL which IS the Power of God unto salvation for everyone who BELIEVES! This discussion is on Ephesians 2:8-10. How quickly we forget the previous chapter. This letter is written to the saints who are faithful IN CHRIST JESUS! Paul continues with the phrase IN HIM, THROUGH HIM, BY HIM something like 15 times in 13 verses. You think he is trying to say something? Then Paul is clear HOW you are placed IN CHRIST! You get hung up on ONE time seeing “predestined” and ONE time “chose” instead of 15 times IN HIM. Verse 13 explains it all!!! IN HIM, when you HEARD the word of truth and BELIEVED, the gospel (Good News) of your salvation, you were sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire the possession of it, to the praise of His glory! It’s NOT complicated! Why do some insist on making it so difficult. Nothing here about choosing some and not choosing others! Man is helpless and hopeless without God! He sent His Son, the Holy Spirit, the Law and the Gospel to draw us unto himself. The Gospel ALONE has the Power to convert when one hears and BELIEVES! Man has Free Will to either accept or reject what God has done but this act of accepting or rejecting is neither a work nor anything meritorious!!! God so Loved the WORLD that He gave!!!
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