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WHO DID THE CHOOSING?
Many say "I have accepted Christ." or, "I have accepted salvation."
Do we really accept Christ or salvation?
There has been much misunderstanding and false teaching concerning this subject. To begin with, we must go to the Word of God. When we speak of accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, we need to understand this is not what the Bible says. In Jesus' words:
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you." John 15:16
You did not accept the Lord. He chose you to be His representative in the earth.
Many believe they come to the Lord because of some witness, super message, or by some special song. The Word says different:
"No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44
The Father is the Holy Spirit, and you were drawn into God's plan of salvation by the unction of the Holy Spirit. Jesus further stated:
"Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of My Father." John 6:65
In another place, Jesus said:
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." John 15:19
You were chosen of the Father unto salvation. Paul also spoke on this subject:
"According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." Ephesians 1:4
God has chosen us from before the foundation of the world.
From the Elders at New Foundations Publ.
Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross when He died. He died to forgive our sins. We need to accept this forgiveness and to and sin no more.
We also need to forgive our brother because Jesus forgave us.
"And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptatin; but deliver us from evil." Luke 11:4
We need to forgive people who owe us any kind of a debt. Matthew 18:23-35 tells a story of forgiveness and unforgiveness.
The king had compassion on this man who owed him so much and forgave him his debt. But what did this man do? He went out and found someone who owed him a little bit of money. He did not have compassion on him. In Matthew 18:21 Peter asked,
"Then came Peter to him and said, `Lord how oft shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Till seven times?"
Matthew 18:22 gives us Jesus' answer:
"Jesus said unto him, I say not unto thee until seven times: but, until seventy times seven."
If you don't forgive others, God cannot forgive you. To forgive is to forget. Recalling what happened is not forgiveness.
You must be humble and ask for forgiveness. To ask forgiveness is the lowest place you can bring yourself.
If you ask, you are doing your part and it is up to the other person to accept your forgiveness and forgive you. Kevin Abraham - 15
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