Faith is a gift

People are born spiritually NOT because they want to, but because GOD wants them to be saved.

John 1:13

13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God

Jesus is the author and perfecter of our salvation.

Hebrews 12:2

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God

God gifts us with faith.
Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

Faith is a gift.

Philippians 1:29

29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake


Repentance must be granted by God.
2 Timothy 2:24-26

24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

If repentance came from us, Esau would have been able to repent, but he couldn’t, showing it comes from God:

Hebrews 12:15-17

15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; 16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

God chose us – not because we would choose God, but because He had His own purpose and grace.

2 Timothy 1:9

who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity

Romans 9:16

16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

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