Skip to comments.Reasons Why Some Will Not Come to Christ
Posted on 10/20/2013 5:39:01 PM PDT by jodyel
Jerusalem was buzzing with activity during one of the high Jewish feast days. And now at the pool of Bethesda the controversial young rabbbi from Galilee had astounded everyone by healing a man paralyzed for thirty-eight years! But instead of rejoicing, the Jewish leaders first confronted the healed man for carrying his bed on the Sabbath this was work, they said, and God had forbidden all work on the Sabbath and then condemned Jesus for His work of healing on the Sabbath day! Chapter Five of the Gospel of John records Jesus simple response: My Father has been working until now, and I have been working. This response the Jews understood as nothing less than Jesus making himself equal with God (John 5:18).
His plain claims to equality with God stirred up murder in the hearts of those envious Jewish leaders, yet Jesus graciously affirmed His hearts desire for them when He declared in verse 34, I say these things that you may be saved. And since they could not be saved unless they believed on Him as God in the flesh and their promised Messiah, He showed them that His claims to deity were validated by three kinds of evidence, not unfamiliar to any of them: the testimony of John the Baptist, the miraculous works which Jesus had done, and the Scriptures themselves. But in spite of all this evidence, their persistent unbelief called forth from Jesus these words recorded in verse 40:
And you will not come to me, that you may have life.
Surely these are some of the most tragic words ever spoken! In them Jesus plainly asserted that life was to be found in Him, and that it was to be obtained simply by coming to Him. He was not speaking of physical life or physical coming, for his hearers had already come near Him physically, but of spiritual and eternal life received by joining themselves to Him through faith. Yet His hearers refused to do the one thing necessary to have eternal life, for they refused to believe on Him. And Jesus sober words show that He holds them and everyone like them fully accountable for their stubborn unwillingness to come to Him.
What kept these outwardly religious people from coming to Christ? What keeps you, my unsaved friend, from coming to Christ today? As I outline four major reasons why some will not come to Christ, I hope to show you that every kind of reason is inexcusable. I hope to persuade you to abandon those reasons, and come to Jesus Christ.
1. Ignorance of Your Desperate Need of Christ
Some people will not come to Christ simply because they are ignorant of their need as sinners. The Pharisees of Jesus day were classic examples of this self-ignorance. In Luke 18 Jesus boldly spoke a parable directed toward these hypocrites, who trusted in themselves that they were righteous (Luke 18:9). When the scribes and Pharisees murmured against Jesus for eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus observed, Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance (Luke 5:31-32).
What was true of the Pharisees two thousand years ago is true of many today: they dont even know they are sick. They are unaware that they have any moral or spiritual disease. They dont care to go to the great Physician of their souls because they dont think there is anything wrong.
But such indifference to the real condition of your soul is inexcusable, and it is inexcusable because of the clear testimony of the Bible and of your conscience.
Open almost any book of the Bible and you will read about the sinful, fallen condition of man. From the account of Adam and Eve disobeying God, down through the entire record of man, Gods Word shows we are a guilty and polluted race. But if you count yourself an exception, consider several summarizing statements by the apostle Paul, speaking on behalf of Jesus Christ and through the infallible guidance of the Holy Spirit: In Adam all die (1 Cor. 15:22), or Romans 5:12, Through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
We are, indeed, sinners because of this heritage. Paul describes us aschildren of wrath by nature (Eph. 2:3). David, the man after Gods own heart, testifies of himself, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me (Ps. 51:5). Each one of us has inherited a sin-nature, and sinning comes naturally to every one of us. We are guilty of breaking the laws of God written on our hearts and in Gods Word. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way, declares the prophet in Isaiah 53:6. Paul asserts with final, sweeping authority, There is none righteous, no, not one (Rom. 3:10).
And besides the external witness of the Scriptures, there is the internal testimony of your own conscience. Conscience is active in every person, either accusing bad actions or commending those which are good (Rom. 2:15). You know that conscience takes the pleasure out of sin, and you find ways to argue it down. If conscience could speak audibly it would declare loudly how vile your heart is. It would reveal all the perverse motives and desires active in your spirit. If you would only listen to your conscience you could not be ignorant of your desperate need of Christ. You know that you are under the condemnation of God because of your sin, and liable for the full punishment of that sin. Yet you also know that you are powerless to help yourself. How many there are who ignore the testimony of the Bible and fight the witness of their own consciences! Dont congratulate yourself that you can listen unmoved to the offer of mercy from Christ, but pray instead for a sight of your desperate need and the extent of your guilt and defilement. Instead of being like the Pharisee in Luke 18, who brazenly stood in Gods presence proclaiming his own goodness, may you bow like the humble tax collector and cry, God be merciful to me, the sinner.
2. Impenitence before the Searching Demands of Christ
Perhaps you are ready to admit your need and escape the accusations of a condemning conscience, but there is another reason why you will not come to Christ. Perhaps you are one who remains impenitent before His searching demands.
Christs call to come to Him is also a command to leave your sins. You shall call His name Jesus, said the angel to Joseph, for He will save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21). He will not save them in their sins, but from their sins. I have come to call sinners to repentance, Jesus said in Luke 5:32. The terms under which you may be wedded to Christ are terms of complete divorce from your sins. Nor can you separate repentance from faith and forgiveness. Paul affirmed the authentic Gospel message to be repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). God exalted Jesus as Prince and Saviour, Peter told the Jews in Acts 5:31, in order to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Your problem may not be insensitivity in fact, you may be miserably aware of your desperate need for pardon and peace. But you are not ready to leave your sins and come to Christ on His terms. This was the problem of the rich young ruler in Matthew 19. He sincerely desired eternal life, and he came to Christ looking for it. But Jesus, in His omniscient knowledge of the human heart, focused on one issue: the mans love of possessions. Jesus must be his only master: Go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me. But the rich young ruler was unwilling to yield to the searching demands of Christ, and the narrative says, he went away sorrowful.
We must not think that the issue is always a call to forsake riches, for Jesus called at least a few rich men like Matthew and Zaccheus and never made that particular demand upon them. But when He dealt with any sinner, like the woman of Samaria in John 4, He found his or her darling sin and boldly staked His claim. Jesus says to each one that eternal life is to be found in supreme attachment to Himself. You cannot serve God and the things of this world (Matt. 6:24). Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me (Mark 8:34). Do you see that impenitence before the searching demands of Christ is inexcusable? The perfectly holy Lord of glory calls you away from your sins in order to give you eternal life, and you refuse to leave them. But those sins to which you are clinging, what will they do for you in the end? The wages of sin is death, says the apostle in Romans 6:23. Salvation through Jesus Christ is intended to deliver you from the penalty, power, practice, and one day, blessed be God, even the presence of sin. Why do you cling to those sins which will only drag you to hell?
Jesus knows how costly separation may be. He spoke of sins as dear as a right eye or a right hand. He knows that true repentance, confession and forsaking of sin may cause embarrassment, misunderstanding, financial loss, and the pain of breaking off close relationships. When He said to those Jews, You will not come to Me, He knew that they loved to receive honour from one another (John 5:44). To follow such a despised teacher was more than their proud hearts could bear. Jesus knew their struggles but never compromised His flesh-withering demands.
Do you see that such impenitence is not only inexcusable, but also irrational? Consider all the evidence against a life given over to sin. Look closely at the scarred and twisted lives of those who resisted Gods gracious call in their youth people who are the very fulfillment of Gods prophetic words in Isaiah, The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace for the wicked, says my God (Isa. 57:20-21). The way of transgressors is hard (Prov. 13:15). Look at the terror-filled deathbeds of those who die in their sins. Look at the coming Day of Judgment, when the great ones of the earth will cry for mountains and rocks to fall on them, to hide them from the wrath of the Lamb (Rev. 6:16). Look into hell itself, as unrepenting sinners are cast into the furnace of fire: There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 13:42). The smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever (Rev. 14:11).
Finally, look at the cross. Behold the Lord of glory, the only man who ever lived a sinless life, who, there on the cross, was made to be sin for His people. Look at the price Jesus paid for the sins which you love. Look upon His sufferings at the hands of wicked men. Mark His greater, indescribable agony under His Fathers wrath for human sin. Stand and look until you can say with John Newton:
A bleeding Saviour I have viewed, And now I hate my sin.
If such meditations are not enough to turn you away from those sins which now seem so dear, it will be right in that last great day for God to say to you, Depart from Me, you cursed (Matt. 25:41). Ephraim is joined to idols, let him alone (Hosea 4:17). Do not sink down into hell, clinging to your darling sins. Come to Christ on His terms, that you may have life.
3. Unbelief with Respect to the Promises of Christ
You may not be guilty of some daring, idolatrous attachment to sin. Perhaps you already have forsaken many sins, for your own good and for the sake of respectability before others. Yet there is one subtle form of sin which you have never even considered. Maybe you do not think it is very important, and certainly not very disgraceful. Perhaps you are one who does not believe Christs promises.
But you say, Unbelief? What kind of sin is that? And why would God hold me responsible for not believing something? My friend, consider for a few minutes how unbelief can be one of the greatest obstacles to coming to Christ, and thereby keep you from entering heaven.
Can there be any question that the promises of Jesus Christ are clear, certain, and all-embracing? Read this sampling of His promises. Look them up in the Bible to see for yourself how absolutely free of conditions and qualifications they are.
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Romans 10:12 The Lord is rich to all who call upon Him.
Romans 10:13 Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
John 5:24 He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
John 6:37 The one who comes to Me I will by no means under no conditions whatsoever, under no circumstances cast out.
God likens His work of salvation to a wedding feast and says, All things are ready. Come to the wedding (Matt. 22:4). God has made all the preparations, and God has done all that needs to be done. We do not need to bring anything; we only need to come.
In the light of such marvellous, unqualified promises of forgiveness and acceptance, do you see how inexcusable is the sin of unbelief? The gospel feast has been spread and God has sent His servants to say, Come, for all things are now ready (Luke 14:17). But you linger outside the banquet hall, lost and condemned in your unbelieving refusal to embrace the promised mercy of God. You may not be ignorant of your desperate need or impenitent for your sins, but you are unwilling to believe Gods testimony concerning the sufficiency of His Son as a redeemer for sinful men the God who spoke audibly from heaven, This is My beloved Son; hear Him (Mark 9:7).
There will be many surprising kinds of sinners in heaven. There will be notorious sinners like the immoral woman of Luke 7 whose reputation was known by all. There will be desperate sinners like the thief whose crimes warranted crucifixion. There will be murderers and blasphemers in heaven like Saul of Tarsus, and even some people whose hands put to death the Son of God (Acts 2:23). But there will be one type of sinner who will be conspicuously absent: there will be no unbelievers. There will be no persons in heaven who in this life were not joined by faith to Jesus Christ.
The Book of the Revelation paints many pictures of Gods final judgment of mankind. Many of these images are puzzling and mysterious, but look at one very clear picture of those standing outside the gates of heaven. Revelation 21:8 says, But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Those whose lives were respectable and even upright, but marked by the chronic sin of unbelief, shall take their eternal place with those whose lives were characterized by murder, lying and other grosser forms of sin.
We are tempted to view unbelief as a defect, or a sort of vitamin deficiency that leaves us spiritually anaemic but really not so bad overall. God views unbelief in its true light. When Jesus describes the Holy Spirits purpose in coming to convict the world of sin, here is the principal sin which He highlights: Because they do not believe in Me (John 16:9).
If until now you have been unbelieving, will you turn from this sin and cling by faith to Christ? Will you believe His abundant promises of salvation, pardon and rest?
4. Unwarranted Expectation of Additional Revelation from Christ
Perhaps we have not yet identified your reason for waiting to come to Christ. You feel your need and you are ready to leave your sins. You are seeking to put your faith in Jesus at the right time, but you want some additional word from Him.
Your exposure to the Bible, whether through personal reading, family training, or church attendance, has taught you an important truth. You know that unless you are one of Gods elect, one of Gods special chosen ones, you cannot come to Christ. God must awaken a sinner to his need, God must draw him to Himself, and God must give him the gift of faith. And so, you reason, Until I know that I am one of Gods elect, it would be presumptuous for me to come to Christ.
With this conviction firmly in hand, then, you have determined that you cannot act until some additional revelation comes from Christ. You would not demand a vision or a voice in the night, of course, but you are waiting either for some special text which fixes itself on your mind, or some overwhelming sense of Gods convicting presence, or some evidence of the marks of regeneration in your life. And so, you will not come to Christ because you are waiting for a message from God.
Why is it unwarranted to expect such additional revelation? The passage in John 5 gives us a compelling answer to that question. Jesus asserted that, to the Jews, the Old Testament Scriptures should be the final, convincing proof of His claims. He said in verse 39, You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. In verse 46 he says, If you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. In other words, Jesus is saying, What the Scriptures say about Me, from the earliest writings of Moses through the closing words of the last prophets, is all the warrant you need to come to Me. You should not wait for something else; these words are sufficient.
The dialogue with the rich man in hell further reinforces Jesus teaching on the sufficiency and finality of the scriptural witness. To the rich mans plea that someone warn his brothers about the torments of hell, Abraham responds, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them (Luke 16:29). The rich man, though, has a better scheme: No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent (v. 30). We hear the voice of Christ speaking in the final answer of Abraham: If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.
Are you waiting for some spectacular revelation from God before you will come to Christ? Are you ignoring the message of Moses and the prophets which you have in your Bible? Do you see that such waiting is inexcusable? Do not think that your attitude is humble submission before God. Your reluctance is actually a proud and arrogant demand upon God, telling Him how He ought to act. In effect you are saying with the rich man, God, I have a better plan of salvation than your ordinary methods. I have a special way for you to call me, and Im waiting for this special revelation. The truth is, Gods plan of salvation has been presented plainly and simply to you through the witness of the Scriptures. The wedding feast of the gospel has been spread, and God invites you to have eternal life. All you need to do is come.
Is Jesus Christ calling to you? Do you see yourself, not as a special sinner, but as a needy, lost, hell-deserving sinner? Then come to Him in repentance and faith. Look upon Christ as the perfectly suitable friend of sinners. See how His perfectly righteous life fully satisfies the requirements of divine law. Consider how His substitutionary death fully satisfies divine justice for your sins. Do not make complicated what God has made beautifully simple; just come. Come to Christ because of Gods gracious directive: This is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ (1 John 3:23). Come to Christ because of Gods gracious promise: Whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). May you this day put aside any reasons that stop you. Come to Christ, that you may have life!
Just as I am, without one plea But that thy blood was shed for me, And that thou biddst me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come.
Just as I am, and waiting not To rid my soul of one dark blot, To thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come.
Just as I am! Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve, Because thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come.
Most don’t come to him because they don’t think He can help them deal with illnesses or anger or mental handicaps or things of that nature they are dealing with. They cannot come up with a reason not to believe militant atheists of the Christopher Hitchens stripe when they say God cannot give us power to deal with our weaknesses since those who have turned to turn to God always find that God fails them. At least that is what their mentality is, and why they do not come to Christ.
Isn’t unbelief the only sin God made no provision for?
If I had to believe that God will help me in order to believe in Him, I would not believe in him.
This is simply a matter of faith.
Then we need to listen to others (vids). But many by naturer looks for a reason not to believe.
What about what Jesus taught, to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
So shouldn't unbelievers be told they are loved by God - first? Instead of being told why they are wrong?
The real question is, through which approach does the Grace of God flow? Through the approach Jesus taught was from which all law hangs? Or through someone's Biblical analysis of what sinners people are?
What brings people to Christ - Grace, through obedience to teachings, or guilt, through castigation? Do people need to be told that they are sinners? Or do they need to be told that they can be forgiven through the love of Christ? Which do they already know, and which do they not know?
Which did Jesus say to emphasize?
IMHO, talking about sin and damnation is like black pepper. Extending the love of Christ that has been given to you is like a feast. That ratio, and that emphasis, of the feast to the pepper, is what I believe Jesus was talking about.
Because He knew how much people like to feed others a meal of pepper with a touch of food on the side, while they enjoy the feast with just a touch of pepper for themselves. And he was warning against it.
It is a faith based on historical facts. Whenever someone tells me that Jesus is not God, I ask them how else do they explain that the entire history of the world is measured based on the date of the birth of Christ.
then along came the revolutionists who decided that the 1600 year teachings of the church were somehow in error that they had yo correct....they made changes in the bible (the inerrant word of God), they changed centuries old beliefs and practices, and invented a new religion.....which they try to compare with Catholicism....after all 30 or 40 thousand denominations can't be wrong.....can they???
Thank You for Posting,
Banner of Truth seems to ring a bell,,,
You can't tell people of their need for a Savior if they don't know what they are being saved from.
Yes, God is love and grace and mercy, but He is also holy and just and MUST punish sin to not deny Himself, His very character.
Emphasizing one aspect of God's character without balancing it with the other presents a warped view of God, which in the end will do more harm than good.
How could presenting only a loving God result in harm? By giving people a false God to believe in, and then when they find out about His judgment and justice, they feel betrayed or abandoned, or lied to by the believer who did not present God to him accurately.
BOTH aspects of God's character need to be addressed. Focusing on only His love is equally as dangerous and damaging as focusing only on His justice.
pride. manifested any number of ways.
Many repudiate Christ because the alternative would require that they admit they are WRONG! And their hymn is Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, a pretty song with an anti-God message.
Not any more, the "smart folks" have dropped B.C. and A.D. They now use B.C.E. for before the common era. I don't know what the other match is. I haven't seem A.C.E.
BC= BCE (Before Common Era)
AD = CE (Common Era)
Now, to play nice in the sandbox most Jews stick with BC and AD to not confuse the points, but in our circles we don’t bother to acknowledge someone we don’t consider to be the Messiah. Hence BCE and CE. There you are...the whole megillah. (Ever heard that one? Yiddish words creeping into the vernacular...)
put me on a ping list ?
I have a large collection of books by puritan authors / preachers buried in storage that I miss terribly.
This article You’ve posted is stirring to say the least.
Exactly. Justice is the Queen of Virtue, but all cardinal virtues/theological virtues can NOT exist without the others. Cardinal means “hinge”. Love would be impossible without Faith/ Hope/ Justice/Wisdom/Fortitude and Temperance. All are essential for a Virtuous person. And God is perfect.
God is Just-—and as such, He has to punish sin. Sin destroys people and all relationships-—on earth—as well as for eternity.
It would be pure evil, to not punish/condemn evil. We see the shell of the Catholic Church for the fact that VII created the “Church of Nice”. It is what happened to many of the Polyanna Protestant Churches a hundred years ago. They “tolerate” evil-—and call that “Love”. It is a warping of Good—into Evil.
You have to hate “evil”. There is NO tolerating sin, ever. Repentance has to occur-—without which you are damned. People who “tolerate” sin are enablers. I am not saying that Compassion is not a virtue—it is—so is mercy-—but to not fight evil is Satanic because is corrupts like a rotten apple-—and it is the children among you who are misled and corrupted.
I love the Puritans!
Yes, I will add you, Badger, and thanks very much for asking!
Will send you a few more links and sites I like if you are interested.
How I wish we had some of those greats around today!
I follow Jesus Christ, that is my church, that is the True Church that he founded.
You can bow down to a fake Goddess pretending to be Mary, the real Mary was a mortal human being.
Christianity is between me and Jesus. There are no Popes, or anything else in the way. This does not require rituals, beads, tokens, icons.
It also does not require me to repeat vapid justifications.
I had not come across them before but glad I did...I really like the articles and sermons and I just discovered Martyn Lloyd-Jones....a Welsh preacher that died in 1981. Listened to one of his sermons online and it was great...very powerful speaking in that lovely Welsh accent.
Will find again and send to you, Badger.
Do you have anything else besides the Catholic church talking points?
Thanks for your input as usual, talisker.
See what you think.
Well, I am here to say He can help with all of that. When I crumbled into a heap and collapsed into a nervous breakdown it was God who picked me up and cared for me and showed me how to heal.
As a society, and this is changing, people are taught to be self-sufficient and not do depend on anyone or anything else for help. I always needed help because of emotional or mental health issues so when the big crash and burn finally happened I knew I had to turn to the only One that could make me whole again and it was not any mortal.
Well said, metmom!
It is so simple, two words explains it...sheep, goats.
Mathew 25:The Sheep and the Goats
31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
37 Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?
40 The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
41 Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.
44 They also will answer, Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?
45 He will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.
46 Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.
John 10:New International Version (NIV)
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
10 Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a strangers voice. 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Fatherand I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my lifeonly to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?
21 But others said, These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?
Further Conflict Over Jesus Claims
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[b] at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomons Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered, I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Fathers name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[c]; no one can snatch them out of my Fathers hand. 30 I and the Father are one.
You are SO right!
Thanks for that.
The article left out the BIG one:
“I knew a ‘christian’ once; and they were not Christ-like to me.”
You just broke my decoder ring!
Some do not come to Christ because they can’t - they don’t have the physical or mental ability to truely believe. Nobody can sincerely believe in Christ and accept him unless God specifically gives them the ability to do so. “No one can come to me unlessit is granted to him by the Father” Jn 6:65 Jesus makes this exacet point three different times in the 6th Chapter of the book of John. We call those to whom he gives the power “the elect”. In doing so they become “born again.” “I chose you, you did not choose me”
Well, that is a huge failing of mine but anyone who meets me knows I speak the truth, or they will know it one day.
I don’t let little things like sweetness and kindness and gentleness get in my way. lol
Anyone physically disabled has the ability to choose to follow Christ unless their mental faculties are impaired. The mentally handicapped who cannot comprehend the Gospel are as children and covered by Christ’s death.
My mother had a cousin who was breach and was brain damaged by the doctor using forceps at birth. He was like a little child all his life and had to be cared for around the clock. He died several years ago and we were actually glad because now he is in heaven with all his faculties intact and able to partake and participate in eternity what he never had here on earth. God takes care of those who cannot understand His plan of salvation.
Nobody has the physical or mental ability to "choose" to follow Christ on their own. Fatih is a gift from God and is his chooing entirely. Faith is God's choice not yours.
Faith is a gift of God, not of yourself.
“A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down...
No one can come to him, but the Father call them.
That is the plain fact that he stated in John 6.
That's been noticed.
Col 3:12 Therefore, as Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
If He calls, we can respond to Him in faith or we can reject Him, yet those who do not understand the plan of salvation such as the mentally impaired and babies cannot so they are covered under grace. Hence no need at all for infant baptism.
Many who have heard the sincere call of the Gospel have rejected it and gone their way. Not sure where that statement of yours comes from.
Then what is the point of evangelizing if God is going to call someone anyway?
Sorry to disappoint you, Al, but not real worried about being sweet and kind and loving. Take me or leave me, but know that I am as honest as the day is long, I am born again and speak Christ and Christ only. If you need more than that then perhaps you should find an ecumenical feel-good church or pastor that will give you all that.
Perhaps like this one: http://mosaic.org/
Thanks for posting.
My theology is reformed - I don't believe any can or will reject if God has called them. It's referred to as irresistible grace. They are the elect.
Perhaps your idea of evangelizing differs from Yeshua’s.
He saves “Those that the Father has given,” no more, no less.
There has to be a ‘list’ or else how would even Yehova know when “fulness” has come?
>> “ I don’t believe any can or will reject if God has called them. It’s referred to as irresistible grace.” <<
We have to go by the statements that we are given. Reformed Theology goes beyond that. The bullet that Yeshua punctured Reformed Theology with: “He that endures to the end shall be saved.”
There isn’t anything Yeshua said just to exercise his jaws.
Not sure I follow you, editor.
But then again you hold to a different rapture timetable than I do, so the fullness of the Gentiles might not mean the same thing.
I also do not worry so much about things like this. I do what the Lord has called me to do and speak to others about Him and witness...the rest is up to Him. Not into great theological debates....might have been at one time, but time and illness, and a shot memory have put paid to that.
But if you care to dumb it down a bit for this old lady, I will see if I can grasp it. :)
Christ formed the Catholic Church.....in the year 1256 there were no Christians other than Catholics...
no one denies that Mary was a mortal human being....who was born without sin and assumed into heaven by Christ.
beads, icons etc are not necessary for salvation, just helpful reminders....the Pope, on the other hand is necessary....he is the titular head of the Catholic church which is the road to salvation.....Christ wasn't kidding when he made the rules.