So, did my being born again happen by His grace and THEN I believed? As opposed to me choosing to believe and then I'm born again.
Matt: Yes. This is the basic premise of my sermon. “Unless one is born again of water and the Spirit, He cannot see the Kingdom.”
2 Corinthians 4:3–6 (ESV) 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:4–5 (ESV) 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
Titus 3:4–7 (ESV) 4 But when the goodness and lovingkindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
These questions were asked following the third sermon in our series on The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the New Birth. Feel free to e-mail the pastors with any other questions you have and we’ll do our best to respond to you either individually, or on the site if the question would be helpful to everyone.