Matthew 7:13 and 14:
“Go in through the narrow gate; because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going in through it; whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it."
"Yes, there are two paths you can go by...
But in the long run...
There’s still time to change the road you’re on."
"A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed -- without remedy." God is giving us opportunity now to receive Christ and eternal life. "Today, if you hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7)." First of all we need to examine who God is talking about here when He speaks of, "Those who remain stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed -- without remedy." First here, God is talking about those who already fully know all the facts about God's true plan for humanity and then rejected it.
So if one knows all the facts this would NOT discribed an "unbeliever." Also this quote: "Today, if you hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7). It says clearly here that you must first , "Hear His voice." So this indicates NOT a non-believer but rather someone who hear and listened to God's message and then rejected it.
This is also discribed as "Grieving The Holy Spirit," and is called "The Unforgivable Sin." To comitte the "unforgivable sin," you must first understand what it is. If our "progress" has lead to a resticted view of the grace of God, if in our new understanding we have reached the conclusion that ONLY those will be blessed who agree with US and accept the message which, at best, we are able to present imperfectly,then we have regressed,and the glorious light of the true knowledge of God as it shines in the face of Jesus Christ is far out in front,while we have been left behind in the darkness.
CHRIST DIED FOR ALL
God's love for the sin-cursed and dying race has been made operative through the gift of his Son to be humankind's Redeemer. In John 3:16 we read,"God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son,that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". But, as Paul asks,"How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?"(Romans 10:14) And the same apostle also explains that, "Satan, who is the god of this evil system, has made them blind, unable to see the glorious light of the Gospel that is shinning upon them, or do not understand the amazing message we preached about the Christ, who is the image of God".(2 Corthians 4:4)
CHOOSES NOT TO OR 'CAN NOT' SEE THE LIGHT OF CHRIST NOW?
This indicates that, as long as Satan continues to rule this, "present evil system of things"...or age, even those who do have the Gospel presented to them...at best have it explained to them imperfectly because we are imperfect and this may effect our ability to believe. Paul explains that, "a knowledge of the ransom will be testified to all in due time".-1 Timothy 2:2-6.
AGAIN CHRIST GAVE HIS LIFE FOR 'ALL'
Paul explains: "The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to be king over all, but all who will take God's gift of forgiveness and acquittal are kings of life because of this one man, Jesus Christ".-Romans 5:17-18. The apostle Paul emphasizes the largness of this number when he says that Jesus gave himself a ransom for "all"-that is, for the intire human race. This does NOT mean,of course,that the entire human race will be oddmatically saved as a result of the ransom, for it is mandatory that there be an individual acceptance of this of this provision of God's grace, but rather, that 'all' in due time, have a 'fair' chance at salvation.
JESUS THE "ONLY" MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD & HUMANKIND
The Bible tells us that: "For there is but ONE mediator between God and humankind, Jesus Christ".-1 Timothy 2:3-6 and so we believe that his power is NOT being excercised through any human representives. The the earthly phase of his kingdom has NOT yet been established.
“Be on the watch for the false prophets that come to YOU in sheep’s covering, but inside they are ravenous wolves. By their fruits YOU will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? Likewise every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit; a good tree cannot bear worthless Every tree not producing fine fruit gets cut down and thrown into the fire. Really, then, by their fruits YOU will recognize those [men]."
“Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew YOU! Get away from me, YOU workers of lawlessness."
The apostle makes it clear that ALL who have received the Holy Spirit are ABLE to UNDERSTAND the precious thoughts of God's writtings written in his Word. ALL the Lord's people have the privilege of assisting one another in the study of the Bible, and EACH ONE has an INDIVIDUAL responsibility to "search the scriptures", and to hold fast ONLY to that which is found to be in FULL harmony with the Holy Word. The responsibility set forth in this injunction can NOT be delegated to or left in the hands of others.
THE GOD OF LOVE
Yes, a knowledge of the grace and love of God inspires us to reverence and love him.(Isaiah 29:13). We should delight to proclaim the love of God, and fear should NEVER be used to indue people to believe in him and in his beloved. God's people today, as in the past,are called to show forth praises, how better can we do this than by proclaiming the glorious Kingdom Gospel of God's love and grace!
GOD ALONE CAN READ HEARTS
God, and he ALONE can read the hearts of the people and know the extent to which each individual is responsible for his/her wrong doing. So while we leave the the work of judgment up to with God, let us proclaim the truth of God's love and grace far and wide!-Psalm 66:8;Isaiah 52:8.
The grace and love of God toward his people, and toward ALL humankind, should inspire his people to render full obedience to him. However, obedience based on fear, tisk-tasking or minipulation or shaming is NOT pleasing to him. If we catch the inspiration of his love, we will rejoice that he has blessings for others besides ourselves, and will want to proclaim this heart-warming message to all humankind. We will want to tell the whole world about these good tidings of great joy which shall be to ALL people".-Luke 2:10.
It will be after the people are awakened from death, as Paul indicates,that the glorious truth of the ransom and the manner in which it gives evidence of God's love will be "testified' to them. That will be the "due time" when the "sea will be converted to God. Satan, the great deceiver, will then be bound, and the knowledge of God will fill the earth.
© 2005 The Earth Eden Project
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