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It largely depends on which Calvinist you ask :) The author of one of the more famous Systematic Theology works (can't remember if it was Shedd, Berkhof, or Hodge... I remember reading it in a defense of Classical Arminianism by Picirilli) said that predestination is not unto faith. This indicates that predestination is unto regeneration. So what is ...


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My friend and bible study teacher Patricia Peterson has written 2 wonderful books about the order of salvation/redemption history, election and God's decree. The Ordo Salutis (her 1st book) & Whatsoever Comes to Pass ~ The Absolute Nature and Precious Comfort of God's Decree. I pulled some of this from her 1st book The Ordo Salutis. Faith comes from ...


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Acts 19:1-7 has an interesting story that may have bearing on this: 1While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2and 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.” 3So Paul ...


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This passage, I think gives a good quick perspective on the Calvinist understanding of regeneration [especially when read in light of the Calvinist reading of ideas like "dead in transgressions and sin" (Ephesians 2:1) and God's act of replacing a man's hard heart with a new one (Ezekiel 36:26)]: Titus 3:3-7 (ESV) 3  For we ourselves were once ...


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I'm not a Calvinist, but I don't see a problem for Calvinism in this particular passage. The problem that you have, it seems, arises by assuming that being "raised with him" is the act the enables us to have (saving) faith. Thus, you find yourself in a contradiction, for how can we be required to have faith in order to get faith? But I don't think that ...


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as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God - Romans 3:10-11 So though we were once dead in our sins (and not even able to do good, as you indicated), God made us alive by His grace, having predestined us according to His foreknowledge. In His sovereignty, what method did He ...


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We must be always cautious when we remove a sentence from its context, because it can often lead to misunderstanding. The verse you quoted was in the context of an entire letter. It was not intended to be separated from that context. Authorial intent is a critical consideration. Furthermore, the audience should be considered as well. The people to whom ...


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Yes, it is. You forgot at least one ingredient - repentance. More can be found here but for once I'll be brief and state that without repentance there is no true conversion. Whether God calls us to repentance (the Calvinist view) or we are capable of coming to repentance ourselves because we are only partially depraved (non Calvinist view) is irrelevant ...


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Ananias already had news from God that Paul would become a brother of Christ. Paul probably became a "brother in Christ" during his conversion on the way to Damascus.


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Your question really has two parts - How is one born again - through baptism or simply through receiving Christ in your heart. Was Ananias referring to Paul as a brother in Christ or using the Old Testament usage of the word brother. Question number 1 has already been discussed many times on this forum. I will answer question 2. It is likely that ...



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