The Lord God of Israel cares about his people; which he has foreknown, and grafted into himself, by ‘Jesus Christ’ on the cross; before the foundations of the earth.
The great “I AM” works his entire will on earth towards His ends, and His people; who are SPIRITUAL Israel. (*In those that have been given a heart towards Him.)
To put it crudely (contrary to popular beliefs); He doesn’t give a hang, about the wicked! He uses all circumstances, towards His sovereign will, and ends alone.
If he decides to grace someone “with” worldly status, riches, power, even life itself; that is really all up to him. The problems occur when men want to “play God” in independence of his leading. It is they, who want to decide who is graced, and who is not.
Even Bible based Evangelism (Apologetics) for and about the Lord, towards the world; is but man’s attempt to try and “convert” the world (wicked) towards salvation – (as if that were possible).
As man has not the power to do a “Vulcan mind meld” and give what they have been graced by – into another; despite a library of knowledge, concerning doctrines, or proper theology, or even by having a silver tong, in attempting to convert lives unto the Lord.
The LOST; will indeed come to the Lord Jesus Christ at some point; as He (the Father) has engineered it. Anyone who walks, independent of the spiritual life, which they have received by the grace of God alone in salvation; must continue with a heart towards the Lord, or risk being cut off and burnt. This is not a matter of making mistakes, or having glitches in the flesh, but is rather a matter, in having a heart which is continually repentant and in renewal (known as sanctification); not doing legalisms and ceremonies towards our Lord, in hopes of being found acceptable. The Lord wants obedience, not sacrifice – who is Christ alone! Period: end of story, as we say here in the U.S.
Yet it is Satan, who tries to counterfeit this truth of God, in his “love for the world” and his people; “the wicked”. This is a two-pronged attack, in that he is able to subvert the truth of God to the world; and to try and cause the Lord’s actual Ecclesia to stumble by moving independent of God, in Christ.
Who are you; oh man, to ask the Lord God to prove himself to you?
It is written in Romans 1: 20 > For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: …
All men know there is a God, yet they deny him in their lives, as they actually hate Him at their core, and do not wish to be constrained. So the wicked are all without excuse: as is an atheist or agnostic as they are still the same animal to God. The wicked and the one who is of an “apostate spirit” (broad roader) – the ones who started with Christ, but became diverted: will all end up in the lake of fire together. So, we who know Him, and have been graced with the “gift of salvation from sin”; must push into the Kingdom of God, (that is within us, Jesus taught) or take the “chance” of being cut off and burnt, with the bulk of humanity.
Even Christ himself was tempted to act independently of God the Father; remember when Satan told Christ in, Matthew 4: 6 > saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'” 7 > Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'”
If the Enemy can get a disciple to “focus” on the world, instead of our Father who art in heaven; he can effectively kill our spiritual life in Christ. This is our choice to make – will we follow our Lord or not?
Most will never even have the chance to walk in the Lord, so don’t throw your chance away for another Gospel.
Push in and be sanctified with Christ daily, run the good race and finish. Fight the good fight, and having started with Christ, don’t allow oneself to become a cast away for the cares of this world!
One response to “Follow, or get out of the way!”
Amen, we are the only ones with a chance