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Article: "How I Got Here"




Bondage under Sin

SCRIPTURE PASSAGES THAT SHOW ITS CONSISTENT TEACHING OF OUR "BONDAGE" UNDER SIN, to such an extent that we are totally helpless to do anything by ourselves to gain salvation. Sinful human nature sets our wills against God and what is spiritual, so God has to work it ALL (and DOES) when any one of us is made His child and comes to the saving faith of the Gospel. People are altogether passive in becoming saved!
  Jeremiah 17:9 People's hearts are corrupt.
  Matthew 15:19 All kinds of evil come from the heart.
  Deuteronomy 30:6
Psalm 51:10
Ezekiel 11:19
Ezekiel 36:26
GOD must remove hardness of heart and give a new one.
  Jeremiah 31:18 GOD must restore and bring us back.
  Matthew 11:27 We cannot know God without His revealing Himself.
  Matthew 16:17 God revealed to Simon that Jesus is God's Son.
  Mark 10:15 God's Kingdom can only be "received."
  Mark 10:26-27 ONLY God can save.
  Luke 12:32 God "gives" His Kingdom.
  Luke 24:45 God must open people's minds to understand His Word.
  John 1:12, 13 God's will, not people's own, make children for Him.
  John 6:29 Human "believing" is GOD's "work."
  John 6:44 The Father must draw anyone who comes to Jesus.
  John 8:34 Sin makes slaves of people's wills, from which only Jesus can grant freedom.
  John 15:5 Apart from Christ we cannot do ANYthing.
  John 15:16 Jesus chooses people, they do not choose Him.
John 19:11 Pilate's power was from God.
Acts 5:31 God even "gives" repentance!
  Acts 16:14 God opened Lydia's heart to His Word.
  Romans 10:17 Faith comes (ONLY) from God, (ONLY) through Christ being proclaimed.
  1st Corinthians 1:21
1st Corinthians 2:7, 8
Human wisdom by itself cannot know or understand God.
  1st Corinthians 4:7 ALL we have is God's "gift."
  1st Corinthians 6:11 It is God's Spirit who washes, sanctifies and justifies.
  1st Corinthians 12:3 No one can trust in the Lordship of Christ without the Holy Spirit prompting it.
  2nd Corinthians 3:5 Any competence/sufficiency of ours comes from God.
  2nd Corinthians 5:17 "New creations" must be made by God.


Galatians 3:11

(Also see Isaiah 64:6 and Romans 3:20.)

People's own efforts do not make things right with God.
  Galatians 6:15 We must be "created new" by God, since our works can gain us nothing with Him.
  Ephesians 1:19 Believing comes by the working of God's power.
  Ephesians 2:4, 5 God makes the dead "alive."
  Ephesians 2:8-10 Salvation, Grace, Faith AND (our) good works are GOD's work.
  Philippians 1:29 Believing is "granted."
Philippians 2:13 God works it in us to work for Him.
Colossians 2:13 God makes the dead "alive."
2nd Thessalonians 2:13, 14 God chooses and calls people BY THE GOSPEL.
  2nd Timothy 1:9 God saves and calls people by His own graciousness.
  2nd Timothy 2:25 GOD "grants" repentance.
  Titus 3:5, 6 God's Holy Spirit is who regenerates and renews us.
  Hebrews 11:6 We cannot please God without His gift of faith.
  Hebrews 13:20, 21 God equips us to do His will and to please Him.
  James 1:17 EVERY "good" gift is from God.
  James 4:14, 15 We cannot control what we "will" to do. (Also see Romans 7:15-25.)
  1st Peter 2:9 God calls us out of darkness




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