Is conversion the work of the Holy Spirit alone, or is a person himself able to co-operate in this work?

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Because of original sin a person by nature does not know Christ or the grace of God. He does not have a desire or the strength to turn in truth to God, and cannot in the slightest measure co-operate in his conversion. All glory and thanks for our salvation belong to God, who alone converts us, so that we believe in Jesus.

Even though in temporal matters a person has a measure of free will, in spiritual matters an unbeliever has no freedom of will whatsoever. A person who wants to believe in Jesus, already believes, even though he may not be aware of having in faith.

1 Cor. 2:9-10: Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God.

1 Cor. 2:14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God.

Eph. 2:1: You... were dead in trespasses and sins.

Joh. 6:44: No man can come unto me, except the Father Which hath sent me, draw him.

Assignment: Discuss: Can an unbeliever make so-called decisions in spiritual matters, and is a person able to choose God and eternal life?

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