I have been receiving some email and it is apparent that some people do not understand a few things stated in the Bible, about our lives…the past, the present and into the future.
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9, emphasis added).
We need to see the enboldened part of the verse and know it is the truth. God knew us before HE ever created the universe and that means each and every one of us, without exception. This is where the “human idea” of predestination comes from, a misunderstanding by YOU and me…concerning the Word of God.
Let’s begin by understanding a few things, here. Jesus Christ…IS…God, one and the same! God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit…are all one Person and HIS name is GOD. If you are born-again by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit lives within you, then GOD is in you! Please, let there be no mistake about this! It does NOT matter whether you wish to like this or not, it is what it is and this is the truth, according to the Bible─God’s Holy Word─to you and me.
Sometimes I am speaking of my own opinion here, I feel exasperated by some. It seems like they are told one thing and the thought in their head is of something similar, but different, not what was said. And to be honest, it makes me want to holler: The Trinity is a word reference to the three parts of God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! People who DO NOT KNOW God’s Word are always saying “Well, the “Trinity” is not in the Bible!” WRONG! It is in the passages above and according to the Bible…that is truth! NOT my truth, God’s truth!
Now for a thought that many seem to not understand, there is NO Predestination! God does NOT look at anyone and predetermine FOR THEM whether they will accept HIS gift of salvation or not. God said it is a “FREE WILL” gift and everyone gets to choose to accept that gift or not…of their own choosing. GOD will not choose for you! You get to do that all by yourself and the end result in eternity…is according to your choice. I fail to understand why this is so difficult.
If the Bible is God’s Holy Word to you and me…IF you choose to believe it…how is any of it then, “SUBJECTIVE?” By virtue of the word in the dictionary, “subjective” would be to take the word and “REFLECT”…..that right there is where that word falls apart! God’s Holy Word to you and me…is absolute TRUTH and nothing more and nothing less! The point here is this: If you read the Bible, according to how the Lord has asked us to read it…first asking for HIS wisdom and discernment….then and only then, will you clearly understand what is being said. This is not rocket science people! I must state, reading the Word of God…and understanding it…is by virtue of God…giving you the wisdom to do so!
Let’s look at this way: If you need interpretation of the Word of God, then YOU have not been before HIM and asking for his WISDOM. Understand, if God gave you all the understanding you need to read the Bible and completely KNOW it, it would kill you! Our minds were never made to handle that. That is the reason it is given to us in bits at a time! For us to think that we can sit and tear apart the Word of God, to disect it and then say, “Well what God means here is this or that” is heresy!
Many have said before that the Word of God, according to God’s wisdom and discernment will be according to what YOU or I need to know and when!! And each and every time it is GOD that determines what we need to know…At that particular time and place in our lives. As far as the Word of God is concerned, is that not the reason for the schools of “theology?” To understand that one single idea? God’s Word to us…is absolute truth!
Let us then put it into perspective here, God is God….we are not a god of any type or fashion! I don’t care how much school you have or how intellectual you think you are, it is GOD who KNOWS all things! In the grand scheme of things, considering all possible events in any one persons life…there is NO WAY for you to know everything! God did not give you that big a brain, nor enough wisdom…to out THINK HIM! So where are we then? We are or where should be: Humble followers of a righteous God!
Here’s another thing to think about: “Arrogance” is of Satan, NOT God. If for one second you ever think of yourself as being better than anyone else, you have just SINNED against the Lord with your arrogance. It is the LOVE…by God…for you and me…that we continue to exist here or ever exist in heaven!
We do NOT have the ability to go before God and claim anything! We must ask HIM to accept us, because of HIS love for us and then we must humbly, head down, ashamed and broken, come before HIM and ask for HIS forgiveness of our SIN and to accept us into HIS family. NOT the other way around!
If it was not for God’s love for us, we wouldn’t even be able to go before HIM…even if we groveled in doing so! WE, you and me─are the ones that are broken, disheaveled, alone, without HOPE, disoriented, filthy and dirty with our SIN and the only one that can clean us up and let us stand…is GOD.
KNOWING…this, shouldn’t we all be in a state of perpetual humility before God and those like us here on this planet?
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:12-16, emphasis added).
May the Lord Bless you always!! Praise HIM!!