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I find the evangelistic talk by Jesus in John 3 interesting because it answers the question ‘how can I be saved?’ not with ‘you need to make a choice’, but rather with ‘you need to be regenerated by God’s Spirit’.

Questioner: How do I enter God’s kingdom?

Answer: A person cannot be saved unless they are born from above.

Questioner: How is a person born from above?

Answer: To be born from above is to be regenerated through cleansing and the work of God’s Spirit.

Questioner: How does that happen?

Answer: The Spirit works as he pleases in ways unseen.

Questioner: I’m not a Christian. How do I know if I am one of those people who will be saved?

Answer: If you have any sense of your thoughts changing toward God or any stirrings in your feelings or any inclination toward God or toward learning more then these may be the work of God’s Spirit in you and I urge you to respond in repentance and faith.

See also:

Faith is the fruit of regeneration and not its cause. « Andrew Groves
https://andrewgroves.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/faith-is-the-fruit-of-regeneration-and-not-its-cause/

Regeneration and Faith: Temporally Simultaneous but Logically Distinct « Andrew Groves
https://andrewgroves.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/regeneration-and-faith-temporally-simultaneous-but-logically-distinct/

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Freewill

Free will without God’s grace is not free will at all, but is the permanent prisoner and bondslave of evil, since it cannot turn itself to good.

Source: Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

"…The bondage of the will in question is not a matter of force or determinism. No one is forced. It is something more like an addiction. We all do what we want to do! That is precisely our bondage."

Source: Quote from G. Forde

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