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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    The scripture shows when Paul was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit and it wasn't when he was blinded from the light of heaven. Jesus sent Ananias to Paul when He saw Paul was praying as noted in the text.
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    Paul came to believe in Christ through that encounter, (faith),but Jesus waited for Paul to receive Him (accept) as He didn't send Ananias to Paul until Paul was praying. At that time Paul was baptized and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul is a exception as he himself stated God set him...
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    How are you defining coming to Christ? Isn't that receiving Christ? And isn't access to God through the blood of Christ (not of ourselves)? You can't work for or purchase the forgiveness of sins. You can receive Christ as Lord and Savior through prayer. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will...
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    Believe in Him via the Spirit. Believe He is who He is taught to be in the NT. FIRST- Those who listen and learn from the Father THEN -come to Jesus. As Jesus told His disciples they knew that Spirit because it was with them and informed them it would be in them. As they traveled along the...
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    Paul spoke of that circumcision. If Paul came upon people who believed but had not received that Spirit how could they have been born of the Spirit? The new creation. Christ in us. The Apostles didn't start out born again. But they believed in Jesus and Peter learned from God Jesus was the...
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    I define Born again as Jesus taught Nicodemus. Born of the Spirit. I also think as Jesus explained to His disciples that they knew that Spirit because it was with them and He explained it would be in them. So clearly to me faith and belief can exist via the outward presence of the Spirit BEFORE...
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    All Johns writings are post resurrection. They were believers but had not yet received the Spirit hence were not born again at that point. Acts 19:2 And asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” I...
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    A Newbie Who Wants You to Set the Agenda for Topics I Should Address

    So what answer were you seeking? Or what was your intent? Job's same sarcasm?
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    You are mistaken. Born of God is Christ in us as in born of the Spirit or Born again. It's from God and was post resurrection. John, as I stated, was written post resurrection and that new birth had taken place already. The curtain between the Holy place and Holy of Holies was not torn in two...
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    A Newbie Who Wants You to Set the Agenda for Topics I Should Address

    Sarcasm to Zophar “Doubtless you are the only people who matter, and wisdom will die with you! 3 But I have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things?
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    It would be my understanding that born of God is Jesus receiving the Spirit of God from the Father (In heaven- post resurrection) and it is sent in His name. Peter was not born of God before the resurrection of Christ. John was written after the resurrection as a testimony for future generations...
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    I think it is accurate you can receive understanding and learning as in faith from God before your born again. God is able to comnicate at will. But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17Jesus replied...
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    You don't seem to grasp the statements of Jesus. I believe no one comes to the Son apart from listening and learning from the Father. Jesus told His disciples they knew that Spirit for it was with them. Then spoke of the day that Spirit would be in them. They believed in the Lord before that day.
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    Is believing/faith a work ?

    As Jesus taught. Love Him as shown by the fruit of obedience to His commands. THEN the gift of God given. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.
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