The true gospel – hear the word then believe
When Paul was writing Ephesians, he wrote to them as saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose (the word in the Greek is the word for elect – as in “elect by the foreknowledge of God”) us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestinated us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him, in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: ………………………………….and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe,” – Read all of Ephesians chapter 1
I think this chapter speaks for itself. That it is God’s purpose that Christians should be adopted as sons, that we should be faithful in Christ Jesus, and that we were saved by hearing and trusting in the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation, and believing and trusting in Christ as a result.
Bolded section above puts in order that we hear the word of truth (the gospel of our salvation), believe and trust and then sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. This is in line with many many passages which go through the same order for one to be saved. Not as per the Calvinist ‘gospel’ which says one is saved (or regenerated but same thing) or born again before they believe. How absurd that one should twist these around to suit their own selfish agenda. Another lie not backed up by the proper interpretation of the Bible.
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