Which comes first? Belief or Life? John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. Cleansing Oneself or Receiving a New Heart and Spirit? Ezekiel 18:31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Cleansing Oneself or Becoming an vessel used for noble purposes by the Potter? 2 Tim. 2:20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Turning to the Lord or The removal of the Veil which keeps us in darkness? 2 Cor. 3:16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Believing the Word of God being Preached or Being Born Again? 1 Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever." And this is the word that was preached to you. Confession of Sin or Purifying from Sin? 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. In each and every situation the man’s is RESPONSIBLE (able to respond) to the revelation or appeal of God, and THEN comes the life, rebirth, new heart, new spirit, removal of veil, purification, cleansing and so forth. Never once is the order reversed. Yes, God is responsible for giving a new heart, removing the veil, and forgiving us of our sins as he is the only one with the power to do so, but he does so when we respond as response-able moral agents, because that is the way HE WANTS IT ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE.