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Old 07-05-2009, 03:37 PM
Bill Bill is offline
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Default John 1:12

Thanks for the responses. The places in the Bible where I find receiving separated from believing are in reference to unbelievers: In the parable of the seeds (Matt. 13:20,21 & Mark 4: 16,17), the stony ground represents people who have received the word with joy but didn't persevere and therefore wouldn't have had saving belief.
Hebrews 10:26: For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.
Hebrews 10:38,39: Now the just shall live by faith; but if any man draw back my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
These verses appear to either separate believing from receiving or indicate that it is possible to either lose or reject salvation. The "drawing back" in Hebrews 10:39 looks to me like something done prior to, or instead of, believing.