Re: Whats your beleif on being saved?

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If it’s “works” and “pride” to accept a freely offered, undeserved gift, then yeah, I’ve got works and pride. And I thank God for them.

Luke 18:43
Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God.

Did the blind man have anything to boast in himself about? He could’ve rejected Jesus’ healing, yet he accepted it and received his sight. Did that make him “better” than any other blind man?

The Bible talks extensively of salvation as a gift that must be accepted and received…..

Mark 4:20
Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

Mark 10:15
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Luke 11:10
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

John 1:12
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

Acts 2:41
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Acts 8:14
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.

Romans 10:16
But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”

1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.

James 1:21
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

This acceptance takes action on our part. We haven’t earned the gift, but we must choose to accept it or reject it. God’s not shoving it in our face, forcing it on us. “Take this, blast you! I’m not giving you a choice!”