How Are Produces Christians?

1 Cor 1:29-31. No one should boast before God. It is all about Him. Phil 2:12-16. It is God who is at work in You, to will and work for His good pleasure

Acts 10 and the story of Cornelius is a good story about how to produce Christians. The Holy Spirit is heavily involved in conversions as we read in Acts 2:38 and 10:44-46. God is at the forefront of every story of conversion. And even though there was a miraculous manifestation of the Holy Spirit, universal requirements for salvation were not altered.

Peter said, “who was I that I could stand I God’s way?” 11:15-17. If God wanted to extend forgiveness also to the Gentiles, so be it.

And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, 10:48. This was after having received the gift of the Holy Spirit. This means on the basis of all that He is and has done. The name of Jesus represents all that He has done. Baptism in His name could only be done after his death and resurrection because that is when the victory had been won.

He shall speak words to you by which you shall be saved, Acts 11:14. This was after receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. That gift did not save him, baptism is what saved him.

Acts 8 is another story of conversion where the Holy Spirit provided the preacher who then taught another man who then said, behold there is water what prevents me from being baptized? Then the Holy Spirit snatched him away. The Holy Spirit was again involved but it was a man teaching a man that produced a Christian.

This is how Christians are produced.

Phil 2:12-16 tells us what we are to do once we are produced. There is a way we need to think, a way in which we are to live. Prove yourself, know your surroundings and cling to the word of life.

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