Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Drawing of God

It is the work of the Holy Spirit in the heart that draws people to God (John 6:44; Acts 16:14; 2 Corinthians 4:3,4). Now I, being of a Calvinistic persuasion, believe God brings people all the way to Himself (Acts 13:48; Romans 8:29,30; John 10:27,28). But even if someone rejects this full position, they need to recognize that the building of Christ's church involves the work of God in people's lives (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7; Acts 2:47). And whether the ultimate determiner of whether a person comes to Christ is their choice or God's choice, it is not the ability of the person who presents the message. Now I am not advocating sloppiness or carelessness in presenting the message of Christ. But I am claiming we should be very careful of employing manipulation or anything that might be deceitful in carrying out the work of God (2 Corinthians 2:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:3-5; 1 Peter 3:10). For the work of God is based on God's power, not our cleverness. 

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