All understanding comes from the writings of the prophets (Old Testament or Tanach: they are one and the same) in light of the Mashiach’s death for our sin, His burial and His resurrection the third day. The Law and the Prophets prophesy or foretell the Christ’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day. Yeshua of Nazareth is the Mashiach.
Beloved, continuing from the last post I am glad we are (I am) settled that there is no “free will of man”, only the sovereign will of God. We who abide in the true grace of God are settled. And so when we speak of the conversion of a man, first there is the will of God. This is what Yeshua clearly spoke of in Yohan 3: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God…Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is of the flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is of the Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto you, you must be born from above. The Spirit where He desires breathes, and the voice of Him you will hear, but you do not know where He comes from and where He goes. This pertains to everyone born of the Spirit.” Born of the earth speaks of the will of father and mother, but born from above speaks of the will of God. And if you are born of the will of those on the earth, you are carnal, but if you are born from the will of God above, you are of the Spirit. And the Spirit of God comes from where you do not know and goes to where you do not know. And thus it is for all who are converted (no exceptions), it is by the will of God through the Spirit you hear the one true gospel, but where the Spirit of the Father comes from and where He goes you did not know. For which of you are the counselors of God for any of His purposes, or for the conversion of a person.
And so we first have the will of God and the Spirit of God, and then the one true gospel is preached (again by the will and the Spirit of God), and in the midst of the preaching of the one true gospel, grace is given to a person to accept that which the moment before they could not accept. If there is not the will of God and grace there is rejection. Is not these thoughts witnessed in the conversion of Paul? Yes, of course! And now by the will of God through His Spirit, grace is given in the midst of the preaching of the one true gospel, and the person is put in the Mashiach, in Christ. We are crucified with Him, buried with Him, and raised to newness of life.
Now all that comes before is the order of God, and all that comes after grace is given, is the order of God. I will speak now of the order given to the household of Cornelius, for this was the same order of things when God granted to me the earnest (down payment) of the inheritance. I was endued from power on high and then dipped in water in the name of Yeshua. So I was endued with power on high. This is the promise of the Father. Now if a child of grace had no guide who did not know of the Holy Spirit, God will have to be his guide. And He will be a guide and give desire, awareness and understanding of the Holy Spirit, and the child of grace will be endued with power and high. It is a good gift that the Father will give to His sons and daughters of His Spirit through Yeshua. It is the will of God.
And then when grace is given, and the man is endued with power on high who shall forbid this one of water. The child has been given grace and desire for all that God has desired for him. He will not want to be excluded from dipping in water in Yeshua’s name, to be so identified with being buried with the Mashiach as all the children of grace.
Now brethren, at the beginning, the conversion of a person, God does not change the order. There is the will of God, and the Spirit of God, and the preaching of the one true gospel, and then grace is given to a person. But afterwards there can be enduing with power on High, and then water baptism, or water baptism and the enduing of power on high. This is not a second act of grace. This is all that God gives each of child of grace. Endued with power on high to read the scriptures. Endued with power on high to love and perform exploits (these are the works of God). Endued with power on high to prophesy and receive spiritual gifts. Endued with power on high to declare the one true gospel. Endued with power on high, to have confidence in Yeshua the Mashiach. Endued with power on high to accomplish His purpose. Endued with power on high to give unto Him a reasonable service, the fruit of lips, the sacrifice of thanksgiving to our God: thanks, Father for your dear Son, Yeshua the Mashiach! And there will be desire to be dipped in the name of Yeshua, for again the child of grace wants all that God desires for him to have. Desire spiritual gifts, but especially to prophesy.