But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” (NLT)
Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.
Here Paul says, “With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.” [Ephesians 4:17-19}
This is AFTER he said, “God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” [Ephesians 1:12-14]
Is the Apostle Paul contradicting himself?!?!? ABSOLUTELY NOT! He is illustrating my point perfectly…God wants none to perish and He did not “choose” some for salvation and some not. “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” [2 Peter 3:9] He gives us FREE WILL, as displayed in that the Gentiles eagerly (willfully) practiced their sin yet when they believed [a willful act] he saves them. To believe is to accept as true. We must RESPOND and ACCEPT as true that Jesus died for our sins, was resurrected to give us eternal life. They believed FIRST, and then He seals them with the Holy Spirit. Believed FIRST and then seals them with the Holy Spirit. Once they believe, Jesus saves their soul and their dead spirit is revived by His breath.
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.