Eaglet,Thank you for your reply.I was looking at some of the things that you had in parentheses, for example, the following two:
17 Because thou sayest, I AM RICH (salvation by faith only?)
that thou MAYEST be RICH (saved by grace thru faith,
Are you making a distinction between:1) Being saved by grace through faithversus2) Being saved by faith only (i.e. without grace)?
It has always seemed to me that the following happens:1) The Father draws the person (without that, it would be a false profession)2) The LORD provides grace (again, without this, it a manmade profession)3) The word of God enters via the gospel given4) Saving faith comes from the hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17)5) The Holy Ghost them convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment6) The LORD grants repentance (Acts 11:18) (true repentance, from true godly sorrow, otherwise it is manmade)(repentance being a change of mind, which leads to a change of direction Acts 20:21)7) The person believes on the LORD Jesus Christ, i.e. believes the gospel, and is saved8) The Holy Ghost, then inside brings forth fruit and good works (Ephesians 2:10)