Man’s inherent ability to accept/believe or reject God’s call, commands, instructions and promises

Man’s inherent ability to accept/believe or reject God’s call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts

My reasoning ability may seem rather simple compared to the no-inherent-free-willers (those Christians that believe fallen man does not have a free will capacity to believe/accept or reject God’s call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts); but, to me, their interpreting/reasoning process seems somewhat like that of a person that walks into a 10,000,000 acre forest of mostly pine trees and a few Aspen trees and comes into the middle of the forest and finds the only plot of Aspen trees, about 100 acres, and becomes so infatuated with the fall beauty of the Aspen trees that he concludes that the 10,000,000 acre forest must be made up of all Aspen trees.

Concerning the theological topic of the free will of fallen man, I refer to myself as an inherent-free-willer.

Because God is communicating to mankind through the Scriptures in the Bible in a style that reeks with an obvious understood implication that the hearer/reader, mankind, has the inherent ability to accept/believe or reject His call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts (some folk briefly refer to it as man’s free will), I let the concept of mankind having this inherent ability be the precedence.

Therefore when I encounter the very few verses of Scripture text (approximately less than 0.5% of the Scriptures) that on the surface possibly could be interpreted to contradict that majority precedence (man’s inherent ability to accept/believe or reject God’s call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts), I interpret them in light of this majority precedence (which can be easily done). By the way, to my simple mind, since all communications has an ultimate purpose (or desired outcome) and since the whole of God’s communication in the Bible reeks with an implication that fallen mankind has an inherent-free-will ability to believe/accept or reject God’s call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts, His purpose in communicating with fallen mankind in the Bible is to convince/persuade fallen mankind that we need to decide to repent of our sin and believe/accept (not reject) His call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts.

The Scripture also reveals more detail on God’s calling/drawing; that is, God’s calling/drawing is by the convicting/convincing/persuading work of the Holy Spirit using creation, our consciences and the word of God (Rom. 1:18-20; Rom. 10:8-17; 1Thess. 2:13; Heb. 4:12; Luke 8:21; Jn. 15:26, 16:13; 2 Thess. 2:13).

Update #12i 12/22/2014

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Romans Chapter 9

Because of my reasoning process listed above and because God is omniscient, I interpret what God foreknew in Romans 8:29 to be — God foreknows those whom he can convince/persuade to accept His call/drawing – which He is very capable of foreknowing. Concerning Romans 9:6-26, I interpret that section to be a very stern method that God used to tell gentiles and Israelites that our WILLINGNESS OR RUNNING (verse 16) did not FORCE OR OBLIGATE Him to develop His plan of whom to show mercy to or whom to harden. This is clearly revealed by God’s INITIAL responses to the questions in verses 14 and 19. Instead of fully explaining why He (God) is not unjust, and why He still finds fault (for who resists His will?), God starts irritating (rattling the cages of) the Jews and Gentiles reading reading Romans 9:6-29.

Romans 9:1-7 indicate that Romans chapter 9 through chapter 11 are primarily addressed to the Israelites, however Romans 9:24-26, along with Romans 8:28 -31, indicates that the principles of God’s foreknowledge, God’s promising, God’s electing, God’s forming, God’s mercy and God’s hardening also apply to all people.

God begins in verse 8 by making a statement that will (and does) anger the Gentiles (who depend on works for salvation) and especially the Israelites that depend on their pedigree (promises and covenants to them from God) and works to be know as the children of God (Romans 9:8 — “That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.”). Next God increases their anger by making comments about Rebekah’s twins in verses 11-13 (Rom 9:11 — “for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, 12 — it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.” 13 — Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.”) God now anticipates what the angry Israelites and Gentiles will say in verse 14 (“What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means!) The phrase (“By no means!“), I interpret (based on free will of fallen man being the precedence in the Bible and on God’s foreknowledge in Romans 8:29) to be a hint by God that He justly and conditionally chose Jacob because God foreknew that He could convince/persuade Jacob and not Esau to repent and accept/believe His call/drawing, commands, instructions and promises. However, God is now peeved with them and chose to delay giving a complete explanation of why He was just in choosing Jacob over Esau and makes more statements that will increase the anger of the Israelites and Gentiles even more in verses 15-18 (Rom 9:15 — “For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” 16 — So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 — For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.” 18 — So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.) Because God foreknows that some of the Israelites and Gentiles will have forgotten about Him previously mentioning His foreknowledge in Romans 8:29, God knows that they will be even more angry with what He just stated and that they will say in verse 19 (You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?”) God becomes more peeved, and again God chose to not fully explain why He is just in His decisions, but makes more comments that will make the Israelites and Gentiles even more angry in verses 20-26 (Rom 9:20 — On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 — Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? 22 — What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 — And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 — even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. 25 — As He says also in Hosea, “I WILL call THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, ‘MY PEOPLE,’ AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, ‘BELOVED.'” 26 — “AND IT SHALL BE THAT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID TO THEM, ‘YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE,’ THERE THEY SHALL BE callED SONS OF THE LIVING GOD.” ) Again God foreknows that some will have forgotten about Him previously mentioning His foreknowledge in Romans 8:29 and not realize that the potter (figurative of God) foreknows beforehand how each portion of clay taken out of the main lump (tub) of clay will respond to the potters molding process. The potter (figurative of God) foreknows beforehand which portions of the main tub of clay can be molded into a vessel of honor and which portions can only be molded into a vessel for common use.

In verses 27-29, God reveals His foreknowledge through the prophet Esaias that He can and will convince/persuade a seed/remnant of Israelites to repent and be saved, so they will not be totally destroyed like Sodom and Gomorrha.

Finally! — After angering the Jews and Gentiles by sternly telling them that ” — for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, — “ and by telling them “– He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. — ” and by telling them that man cannot tell Him what to do (with the potter and clay scenario), God in Romans 9:30-33 finally COMPLETELY AND FULLY answers their angry remarks and questions in verse 14 and 19 and indicates that He is actually just and ACTUALLY DOES CHOOSE to show mercy to those that of their own free will choose to accept God’s call to SEEK righteousness by faith, and not by works as Israel did. (Rom 9:30 — What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31 — but Israel, PURSUING a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. 32 — Why? Because they did not PURSUE it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 — just as it is written, “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.) Yes! — God finally fully answers their angry remarks and questions of verses 14 and 19, that is, why He is not unrighteous.

I believe if one gets locked up on this stern section (Romans 9:6-26) and does not to take into account Romans 8:29, Romans 9:30-33 and the implication of the majority of Scripture (that fallen man does have a free will capacity to believe/accept or reject God’s call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts), he will easily and wrongly conclude that mankind does not have the inherent ability to accept or reject God’s call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts.

Update #12k 8/03/2015

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John 6:24 – 70

In light of the Biblical precedence of “man’s inherent ability to accept or reject God’s call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts”, I will give my interpretation of John 6:24-70. But first, the no-inherent-free-willers interpret the phrase (…”can come”…) in two verses (John 6:44,65) to indicate that fallen man does not have inherent-free-will capacity to accept/believe the call/drawing/granting salvation message of God being given to them through Christ’s words (God’s words).

Because God is communicating to mankind through the Scriptures in the Bible in a style that reeks with an obvious understood implication that the hearer/reader, mankind, has the inherent ability to accept/believe or reject His call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts (some folk briefly refer to it as man’s inherent-free-will capacity), I let the concept of mankind having this inherent ability be the precedence; and I interpret difficult passages that can possibly be interpreted to appear contradictory to that precedence (of mankind having inherent-free-will) in light of mankind having inherent-free-will capacity.

So how do I interpret John 6:24 through John 6:70?

Joh 6:24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus.

Joh 6:25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”

* A crowd of people following Jesus which included the disciples and His special twelve disciples.

Joh 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.

Joh 6:27 “Do not WORK for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”

* Christ gives food for eternal life which you should seek, work for.

* God through Christ is calling/drawing ALL in the crowd (both those Christ/God foreknows who will believe and will not believe) to SEEK/WORK for the bread of life (Him/Christ, who can give you eternal life).

Joh 6:28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that WE MAY WORK the WORKS of God?”

* What work should we do?

* What WORK should we do to obtain eternal life.

Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the WORK of God, THAT YOU BELIEVE in Him whom He has sent.”

* The work for you to do is to BELIEVE IN HIM WHOM GOD SENT. Ordinary people will understand the command to believe as being what they of their own free will must do.

Joh 6:30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?

Joh 6:31 “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.'”

Joh 6:32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.

Joh 6:33 “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”

Joh 6:34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”

Joh 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

* I (Christ) am the food (bread) of life; therefore HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME will never thirst. Again it is understood that they must make a free will decision to believe in Christ.

Joh 6:36 “But I said to you that you have seen Me, AND YET DO NOT BELIEVE.

* I believe that Christ is addressing only those in the crowd that do not believe, since Joh 6:66 implies that their were some in the crowd that did believe in Christ for eternal life.

Joh 6:37 “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.

* All who the Father gives Me will come to Me, and those who come to Me I will not cast out.

* This verse implies God’s FOREKNOWLEDGE of those who will come to and believe in Christ for salvation; and it is those the father gives to Christ.

Joh 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

Joh 6:39 “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of ALL THAT HE HAS GIVEN ME I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.

* All that the Father has given me I will not lose, but raise them up on the last day.

Joh 6:40 “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

* All that see the Son, Jesus, and believe in Him will have eternal life and will be raised up on the last day.

* Again, verses 39 and 40 together imply God’s FOREKNOWLEDGE of those who will of their own free will come to and believe in Christ for salvation; and it is those the father gives to Christ.

Joh 6:41 Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.”

* The Jews (the ones that of their own free will refused to believe Christ) in the crowd of people were grumbling about Christ because He said He came down out of heaven.

Joh 6:42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?”

Joh 6:43 Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.

* The excuse given by the unbelieving in the crowd to justify their unbelief in Christ.

Joh 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.

* It is understood that all those hearing Christ’s words are being drawn by God, Christ; and those who of their own free will believe in Christ are the ones who will be raised up on the last day.

Joh 6:45 “It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.

Joh 6:46 “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.

* Written in the prophets, ‘and they shall all be taught of god.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.

* It is understood that those hearing Christ’s words are being taught by God, Christ; and those who of their own free will come to Christ and believe in Christ are the ones who accepted (believed) what they learned from God (Christ).

Joh 6:47 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.

* He who believes has eternal life.

Joh 6:48 “I am the bread of life.

Joh 6:49 “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

Joh 6:50 “This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.

Joh 6:51 “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

Joh 6:52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”

* Again, another excuse given by the unbelieving in the crowd to justify their unbelief in Christ.

Joh 6:53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.

Joh 6:54 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

Joh 6:55 “For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.

Joh 6:56 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

Joh 6:57 “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.

Joh 6:58 “This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Joh 6:59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

* Christ was teaching these things to the crowd in the synagogue at Capernaum.

Joh 6:60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?”

Joh 6:61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?

Joh 6:62 “What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?

Joh 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

* The Holy Spirit give life; the flesh profits nothing; the words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Joh 6:64 “But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.

* Some of you do not believe. Jesus knew from the beginning who they were, and who would betray Him.

* This verse implies that God’s and Jesus’ foreknowledge is involved just like Romans 8:29 does.

* Verse 64 also implies Jesus’s foreknowledge of those that would not make a free will decision to believe in Him as well as to who would betray Him.

Joh 6:65 And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

* For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.

* Because of God’s and Jesus’ foreknowledge, He foreknew that there were some in the crowd He could convince to make a free will decision to believe in Him. Because of this foreknowledge, God had granted them, along with the rest of the crowd, the opportunity to be drawn to Christ. The ones that God foreknew He could convince to make a free will decision to believe in Christ are the ones He gave to Jesus. It is understood that all those who hear Christ’s words have been granted to be drawn by God to Christ even though Jesus foreknew those in the crowd who would not accept the drawing (calling) of God that God had granted to them to have.

Joh 6:66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.

* Many of His disciples withdrew and did not walk with Him anymore.

* The crowd of people contained many Jews, many of His disciples and His select twelve disciples.

Joh 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?”

* Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away also?”

Joh 6:69 “We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”

* No! We have believed in you.

Joh 6:70 Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?”

* Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?

The following is my brief interpretation summary:

The verse John 6:64 {Jn 6:64 “But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.} implies that God’s and Jesus’ foreknowledge is involved just like Romans 8:29 does. Because of God’s and Jesus’ foreknowledge, God foreknew that there were some in the crowd He could convince to make a free will decision to believe in Him. Because of this foreknowledge, God had granted them, along with the rest of the crowd, the opportunity to be drawn to Christ. The ones that God foreknew He could convince to make a free will decision to believe in Christ are the ones He gave to Jesus. It is understood that all those who hear Christ’s words are being taught by God and have been granted to be drawn by God to Christ even though Jesus foreknew those in the crowd who would not accept the drawing (calling) of God that God had granted to them to have. No person can come to Christ and believe in Christ unless the Father who sent Christ draws him; and Christ will raise him up on the last day if they behold Christ and make a free will decision to believe in Him. The crowd was being taught by God through the words of Christ (God’s words) (which are spirit and life) is a fulfillment of old testament prophecy that states that ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’.

Interestingly, in John 6:44, if one assumes that the person (referred to as “no one”) DOES NOT HAVE the inherent ability to accept or reject God’s call/drawing, the verse implies that he WILL NOT be raised up in the last day if God does not draw him; and also, if one assumes the person (referred to as “no one”) DOES HAVE the inherent ability to accept or reject, he ALSO WILL NOT be raised up in the last day if God does not draw him. This line of reasoning would also apply to Jn 6:65 (“And He was saying, ‘For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.’”) In verse 65 it also does not make any difference WHETHER OR NOT a person has the inherent-free-will ability to accept or reject, the person can not come to Christ if God has not granted him to be called and drawn to Christ. Therefore, one could conclude that those two verses are not talking about the capability of man’s will to accept/believe, but about the fact that it is God that chooses, grants, teaches, calls and draws; and that is what God was doing through Christ speaking to this crowd of people — giving all of them in the crowd (Jn 3:16; 1 Jn 2:2; Jn 6:40) the opportunity to be taught by God (by Christ) and to make a free will decision to believe in Christ for salvation (eternal life). However, He foreknew those in the crowd that He could convince/persuade to decide to believe in Him (Christ) and those He could not convince/persuade to decide to believe in Him (Christ).

Mankind can not come to Christ if they do not know who the true God is and who the true savior is (Rom 10:13,14,17). Therefore, God has granted mankind to be given this knowledge by the drawing of the word of God and the Holy Spirit.

Update #4f 10/31/2015

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Romans 3:11

Concerning the hyperbole verses in Romans 3:10-12, I see two ways of interpreting them. I will deal/illustrate by zeroing in on Romans 3:11.

In Romans 3:10-12 God had Paul quote some hyperbole (exaggeration) scriptures from the book of Psalms concerning fools to over emphasize the fact that both Jews and Greeks (also all mankind) “are all under sin” as God revealed in (Rom 3:9). In other words, the statement “are all under sin” is the overall non-exaggerated meaning of the hyperbole old testament scriptures quoted in Romans 3:10-12, also the overall meaning of the figurative verse in Romans 3:13, and also the overall meaning of the verses in Romans 3:14-18. Yes, in Romans 3:9 God gave Paul the meaning of the hyperbole old testament scriptures quoted in Romans 3:10-12, so that the readers would not interpret those verses in a wooden literal way.

Calvinists, however, insist on interpreting Romans 3:10-12 in a wooden literal way. Take for example their wooden literal interpretation of Romans 3:11 (THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;) which is used to help support their concept of total depravity {that fallen mankind does not have the inherent free will capacity to accept or reject God’s call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts (gifts and promises such as salvation by a free will decision to accept/believe Jesus as our perfect sacrifice for forgiveness of sins)}.

However, even if Romans 3:11 is taken in a wooden literal sense, in this context “God” is understood to be the one true God described in the Bible. Then, if mankind is not seeking the one true God of the Bible, then they are seeking some sort of a god or gods according to Romans 1:18-28 as God through Paul pointed out previously in chapter 1 of Romans. Since, the one true God of the Bible foreknows that some of those that are seeking some sort of a god or gods can be convinced/persuaded by Him (through the convincing work of His word, the Holy Spirit and the creation we are a part of ) to freely accept His call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts (gifts and promises such as salvation by a free will decision to accept/believe Jesus as our perfect sacrifice for forgiveness of sins)}; God has granted all mankind to be drawn (John 6:44, 65); and draws them through the convicting, convincing, drawing work of the word of God, the Holy Spirit and the creation we are a part of.

Update #12j 06/03/2018

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1 Cor. 2:14

Calvinists try to say that this verse supports their concept of total depravity (that fallen mankind does not have the inherent free will capacity to accept or reject God’s call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts) because they interpret the words “the natural man” to be all of fallen mankind. But the phrase “natural man” in 1 Cor. 2:14 (but a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.) does not refer to all of fallen mankind; but (I believe) is a sarcastic summation description/word (that is, bestial men) for those previously described in chapters 1 and 2 as being the worldly wise, the worldly scribes, the worldly debaters, the mighty of this world, the noble of this world, superior worldly speakers, those that use worldly persuasive words of wisdom, that is, all those who consider themselves to be the wise elite of this world which have given themselves over to the wisdom of the world and men. 1 Cor.2:14 only contrasts the wise elite of this world with Christians. It does not give detailed information on the process of how a person gets saved.

Based on the precedent implication of the Bible (that fallen mankind has the inherent free will capacity to accept or reject God’s call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts), and on 1 Cor. 1:21 (For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.) and the context of 1 Cor. 1:18 thru 1 Cor. 2:16 and Romans 8:29; it is those that willingly humble themselves thus joining the ranks of the foolish, weak, base, despised in this world that God foreknew he could convince/persuade to think spiritually and freely accept/believe His call/drawing, commands, instructions, promises and gifts (such as, Christ) who would then be born again and indwelt by the Holy Spirit to be able to fully understand the deep things of God (1 Cor. 2:10).

Update #12i 12/22/2014

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About thoughtsbydcg1

Am a Christian that wants to share some of my Bible deductions and interpretations with other folk and wants to hear from other Christians. My wife and I live in Johnstown, Colorado and attend High Plains Baptist Church in Milliken, Colorado.
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