“By The Holy Spirit” ( 1 Corinthians 12: 3, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord.’ except by the Holy Spirit.”

“This is the message of faith we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord.’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you are saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.” (Romans 10: 8 – 10)

God the Holy Spirit draws us to Christ; and Christ reconciles us to God the Father. So, our salvation is the work of the Lord — through a gift of faith. “For [we] are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from [ourselves;] it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2: 8 – 10)

Being created in Christ Jesus, we are God’s children. And “this is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He gives assurance to us from His Spirit… Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God — God remains in him and he in God. And we come to know and to believe the love that God has for us, God is love.” (1 John 4: 13, 15 – 16)

God is love; He loves us like a father loves, cares for, protects his children. “There is no fear in love; instead perfect love drives out fear.” (1 John 4: 18)

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