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We all know what common grace is - God sends rain on the righteous and the wicked alike is a good example. If God is willing to show this kind of common grace on someone at a certain moment, is he also willing to show saving grace to the same person at that moment, especially if that person acknowledges the common grace shown to him? Put another way, is it ever too late for a person who can acknowledge to God the common grace he shows, since why else would God be willing to show any grace at all other than to draw us to Christ?

I’m sure there are answers scattered throughout the Bible, but I’m not seeing any right now.
 

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John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

These verses show us God's grace that is extended to everyone as we are all sinners saved by His grace through that of His free gift to us being Christ Jesus in whom we believe in who is our faith. Unfortunately not everyone will accept God's gift to the world.
 

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Common Grace​

The restraining of sin and the general distribution of God’s benevolence to everyone are the non-redemptive benefits of Christ’s sacrifice. This is all a work of the Holy Spirit by which He exerts a hindering power upon depravity and prevents it from full manifestation among mankind. Also by means of this ministry, unsaved people can be the recipients of God’s goodness and do some measure of civic good, even though it is not ultimately acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God.
  • Psalm 145:9 The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created].
  • Psalm 136:25 To Him Who gives food to all flesh, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;
  • Matthew 5:45b for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike].
If God is willing to show this kind of common grace on someone at a certain moment, is he also willing to show saving grace to the same person at that moment, especially if that person acknowledges the common grace shown to him?
Premise 1: God shows "common grace" to everyone (verses above)
Premise 2: "Saving Grace" includes the knowledge of Christ (John 14:6; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 15:1-4)
Premise 3: 2 billion people have never heard of Christ (Source: Google query)
Conclusion: God is not willing to show "saving grace" to at the same moment as he shows "Common Grace".
 

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Common Grace​

The restraining of sin and the general distribution of God’s benevolence to everyone are the non-redemptive benefits of Christ’s sacrifice. This is all a work of the Holy Spirit by which He exerts a hindering power upon depravity and prevents it from full manifestation among mankind. Also by means of this ministry, unsaved people can be the recipients of God’s goodness and do some measure of civic good, even though it is not ultimately acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God.
  • Psalm 145:9 The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created].
  • Psalm 136:25 To Him Who gives food to all flesh, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;
  • Matthew 5:45b for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike].

Premise 1: God shows "common grace" to everyone (verses above)
Premise 2: "Saving Grace" includes the knowledge of Christ (John 14:6; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 15:1-4)
Premise 3: 2 billion people have never heard of Christ (Source: Google query)
Conclusion: God is not willing to show "saving grace" to at the same moment as he shows "Common Grace".
Thanks for your reply. I guess my question should have been stated differently, but the real issue of my question is God "willing" to show grace to a person, if that person is able to acknowledge God in the common grace? Not "have they found the saving faith/grace yet, but is God willing for that person? Maybe a better way to put my question is, "Does God use common grace to draw people to and/or back to Christ?" That is a much better question. And I'm pretty sure the answer is "yes", because he's not willing that any perish.

Sometimes as a believer I really do struggle with doubts of assurance. I feel like I'm not good enough on any level. Even the level of faith and belief. But regardless, when I wake up in the morning and see the sunrise, I attribute that to God through his Son that I'm able to enjoy that sunrise. And I tell myself that God is still at work in me to show me saving grace because he was good enough to show me his common grace.
 
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Sometimes as a believer I really do struggle with doubts of assurance. I feel like I'm not good enough on any level. Even the level of faith and belief.
No one is good enough. Luckily, Christ did all the work:
1) Our sin is imputed to Christ Isaiah 53:11, Matthew 20:28, Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 15:3
2) Christ righteousness is imputed to us ... Isaiah 53:11; Romans 3:24-26; Romans 4:25; 2 Corinthians 5:21

I really do struggle with doubts of assurance.
Join the club. :)
So long as we are pilgrims in the world faith is implicit, not only because as yet many things are hidden from us, but because, involved in the mists of error, we attain not to all. In our daily reading we fall in with many obscure passages which convict us of ignorance. With this curb God keeps us modest, assigning to each a measure of faith, that every teacher, however excellent, may still be disposed to learn. Author unknown

Test For Salvation (Marks Of A Born Again Christian)
1. Believing in Christ
2. Who Loves God will Obey God
3. Keeping Oneself Pure – Repentance
4. No Habitual Sinning
5. Humility
6. Loving Other Christians
7. Internal Testimony Of The Spirit Overcoming the World
8. Spiritual Growth
9. Peace
10. Persecution
 

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Grace is God's unmerited favor given to us even though we do not deserve it. It's a free gift from God who, as we mark this day being Good Friday, gave us His only begotten Son Christ Jesus who taking all our sin and nailing it to the cross died for everyone being the perfect final sacrificial Lamb for sin. All we need to do is accept this gift from God as we believe in the finished works of the cross.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
 
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