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Acts 11.17-18, 16.13-14 – Conversion, the work of the Holy Spirit.
Posted: 25 July 2011 in Acts

“Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.”

“And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.”

Although Christians have been given a commission to preach the Gospel, as the above to passages make clear, conversion is exclusively the work of God. He alone is able to give both the readiness, and the ability, to hear what is being said, and respond accordingly.

About thirty years ago, before I became a Christian, whenever an evangelical Christian approached me, I had the feeling that I would be one more notch on their gun belt if they managed to convert me. I felt more like a prize to be won than a person. Probably they had forgotten, if they ever knew, that if I was to be a notch on anybody’s gun belt, I would be the Holy Spirit’s, and not on theirs.

Self evidently I did eventually find my way into Christianity, but it was without the help of somebody trying to win me as a prize.

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