Just a thought . . .

SETTLED

“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven .” Psalm 119:89

I’m sure that most of us have heard a zealous Christian – probably one of us preachers – say something to the effect of, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!”  We understand the person is simply saying he believes God’s Word regardless of the world’s ideas or beliefs.  And that is a commendable position to hold.  But I want us to meditate on the truth found in Psalm 119:89.

You see, regardless of whether or not we believe every “jot and tittle” of  Holy Scripture, God’s Word has already been “settled in heaven”.  It is not subject to our belief!  Our unbelief does not negate the truth of it, any more than our belief makes it true.  God said it – THAT makes it true!  As I’ve said elsewhere, when God speaks, reality happens!

Let’s remember that no matter what  ideas, theories, or whimsical notions the secularists shout out, their humanistic reasoning will never negate God’s truth! God has “settled” it, making it totally immutable, or unchanging!

So, don’t worry so much about God’s Word standing as a beacon in these perilous times –  although as Chrisstians, we must “be ready always to give an answer (or defence ) to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1PETER3:15 – there will always be a remnant shining it around!  Instead of worrying (which is the opposite of faith) let us pray even harder for the unbelievers of our time.  If the politicians and          scientists of our day would come to the saving knowledge of Christ, life would be easier, happier, and much more productive!

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DEAD MAN WAKING

“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you of all trespasses.”  Colossians 2:13

Unforgiven, and unsanctified, I walked as a spiritually dead sinner before obeying His call of repentance, and faith.  In and of my natural self, I had no means of gaining life.  I was “dead in my sins”.  The great Apostle Paul said it well, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1Corinthians 2:14)

 “Neither can he know them”.

 The Scripures are clear.  Without the Holy Spirit’s guidance and call through the Word of God, the lost sinner cannot attain spiritual life.  Indeed, salvation of sinners rests in God’s providence.  There are many passages of Scripture that remind us that God is sovereign in salvation. (John 6:37, 65  for example).  And yet, after I heard the gospel, I heeded the call!  chose the salvation that was offered me. 

I’ve often pondered God’s sovereignty and man’s free will.  I am aware of the Calvinist/ Armenian conflict that deals with this very issue and  I tend to believe that both sides tend to carry their points of view on this subject to the extreme.  I believe in a third way.  God’s way.  I understand the problem and it is perplexing to say the least.  In my mind, the two sides cannot be totally, humanly, reconciled.  The Calvinist believes that only God’s will is involved in a sinner’s conversion, and the Armenian says it is up to man to choose.

In my own conversion (way back in 1973) there were three elements involved.  They were  testimony, calling, and choice.  My newly converted cousins witnessed to me in a rudimentary way, testifying of their experience with salvation, and I agreed to attend church with them the following Sunday.  At church, the preacher delivered a gospel-centered message, giving me a fuller understanding of sin and salvation, and at the end I chose to repent and trust Jesus Christ.  The choice and promise had been presented clearly in God’s Word, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the  Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 

The Holy Spirit was of course involved throughout my conversion experience. Indeed, it was He who issued the call from the moment my cousins began witnessing.  And because of His guidance and teaching, I recognized that I was indeed one of the “whosoever”, and I chose to “call upon” Jesus Christ, and I was saved!

I totally believe that God is sovereign over his entire creation–including mankind, His image-bearers.  And, I’ve no doubt that “the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1) Yet, I also believe that man is a free moral agent, who is given the great privilege of choosing whom he will serve (Joshua 24:15).  Since that day in Eden, when God gave mankind the fateful choice of partaking of that fateful tree, mankind has been free to choose! (Genesis 2:17)  And yet, God is completely sovereign . . . .

So, on this issue of God’s sovereignty versus man’s free-will, I humbly bow to the Almighty who spoke through the ancient prophet,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8,9

When the great C.H. Spurgeon was asked how he could come to terms with sovereignty versus free-will, he replied, “I never try to reconcile old friends.”   That’s my sentiments exactly.  It’s a God-thing, beloved.  And for now, that will do.  The Apostle Paul assures us:

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

1Corinthians 13:12

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About csm4truth

I am a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I'm passionate about the truth found in Holy Scriptures, and the deception that permeates our world today.

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