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The response of human beings to the revelation and grace of God. It is seen in receiving Jesus Christ, his words and the message of the gospel, and in the acceptance of one another for his sake. Believers are called, too, to accept instruction and discipline and to submit to God’s will for their lives.

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Human beings are to accept Jesus Christ

Receiving Jesus Christ

John 1:12 ESV
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
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Accepting Jesus Christ by accepting others

John 13:20 ESV
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
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Accepting Jesus Christ’s words

John 17:8 ESV
For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
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Refusing to accept Jesus Christ and his words

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Acceptance of the gospel

The gospel is worthy of acceptance

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Examples of those accepting the gospel

the Gentiles; the Samaritans; 3,000 on the day of Pentecost

Believers in Corinth:

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believers in Galatia

Believers in Thessalonica:

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Rejection of the gospel

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Acceptance of one another

A right self-acceptance

Loving others requires a proper self-love: the recognition that people are made in God’s image and are the objects of his love.; Paul accepts himself as a sinner saved by God’s grace and entrusted with an important ministry
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Acceptance of one another because of God’s example

Romans 15:7 ESV
Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
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Acceptance of those whom God has accepted

Romans 14:1 ESV
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
See also Jesus Christ rebukes his disciples for turning away children.; God’s people should reflect his concern for the weak and defenceless

Ananias’ acceptance of Saul:

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Barnabas’ acceptance of Saul

Acceptance of the Gentiles:

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Acceptance of outsiders who join God’s people

Leviticus 19:33–34 ESV
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
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Acceptance of itinerant ministers

Galatians 4:14 ESV
and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.
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Acceptance of things given

Acceptance of gifts

1 Samuel 25:35 ESV
Then David received from her hand what she had brought him. And he said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have obeyed your voice, and I have granted your petition.”
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Refusal to accept gifts

Mordecai refuses fine clothes from Esther.; Elisha refuses a gift offered by Naaman; Abraham refuses gifts offered by the king of Sodom

Acceptance of instruction

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Acceptance of discipline

Job 5:17 ESV
“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
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Acceptance of God’s will

Matthew 26:39 ESV
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
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Acceptance of bribes forbidden

Exodus 23:8 ESV
And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.

God is impartial and cannot be bribed:

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