Quotes and Notes for the Day
FOUR THINGS GOD DOES NOT KNOW II
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“…… The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1st John 4:14
2.God Doesn’t know Any Sinner that He does Not Love:
This is a glorious fact. God loves sinners, and He does not know any sinner whom He does not love. Here is where we must honestly and strictly confront the claims of Calvinists, that Christ did not die for all, the He did not pay for the sins of all, and that man can choose only evil and is unable to repent and trust Christ without God extending irresistible grace to him. According to this damnable heresy those in Hell are there, not because they rejected Christ, but because that is all they could do. In other words they are there because God did not love them enough to extend the irresistible grace that would cause them to Choose Christ. Such God is not loving God and good. Nor is this the God of the Bible, but the invention of man.
No one will be in hell because God wanted him there, or God did not do all He could to persuade him to believe the gospel He has so fully and freely provided for all. To suggest that God doesn’t desire all mankind to be saved is a libel upon His character and a contradiction of the Bible. We read in Hebrew 2:9; “....But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower then the angles for the suffering of death….. that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
There is no doubt that God is sovereign and could have predestined some to heaven and some to hell. Or he could send us all to hell because that is what we deserve. The question is not God’s sovereignty, however, but His love. That God wants all mankind to be saved and to be in heaven is clear. 1st Timothy 2:4 we read, “…. … who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” again the same truth is reiterated in verse 6 of the same chapter, which reads, “… who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” and in 2nd Peter 3:9 we have this sublime truth amplified further in no unmistakable term: read, “….. not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” This same truth can be reinforced by many other promises such as 1st John 2:2;”… And he (that is Jesus) the propitiation (the satisfaction) for our sins: and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
If we are to believe that God has predestine certain ones to go to hell, then we must also believe that He predestined that Adam and Eve should sin and thus predestined all of the evil that followed. That is Preposterous!! The Calvinist argues that we are so utterly depraved that we can not choose to receive Christ. But then the same argument can not apply to Adam and Eve who were created in innocence. Either they were predestined to do evil or else, God’s warning to them not to eat the forbidden fruit are farce.
Yes, God foreknew that Adam and Eve would rebel, and He knew all of the evil that would follow. Therefore, He made a provision for all sin and all sinners to be forgiven through Christ even before He created the world. and the Bible speaks of that provision as “… the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8) The rebellion in the Garden of Eden by our first parents who were until then innocent and living in a perfect environment could only have been the result of their willing act against God’s will.
Strict Calvinists object that to make a choice is “a work salvation” and they argue that salvation is “not of works” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Such argument falls short of the reality. that a man chooses to accept the pardon that God offers in Christ does not constitute any work on his part. If a drowning man, helpless to save himself, accepted an offer of rescue, would he thereby have done anything else to save himself? And when he is rescued, could he say that he had been saved by his own works? Could he be proud (as some suggest of those who receive Christ by an act of their will) that his rescue from drowning was because he was “smart enough, wise enough, righteous enough or anything else enough ….)“? By no means!
A gift embodies two essential elements: 1.) the giving of it, and 2) the receiving of it. One cannot give a gift to anyone unless that person is willing to receive it. God does not force Himself and His grace upon anyone. The sinner must knowingly and willingly receive the gift of salvation. That is why the gospel is preached and must be believed for a person to be saved.
Yes, Salvation is all of God; by grace alone, through faith alone, and in Jesus Christ alone: Those who accept it have done nothing to earn it! In fact the sinner must confess his total unworthiness, and inability to merit or earn salvation. Why then do many people not be saved and go to Hell? Is it because God predestined them? By no means; God forbid! Multitudes go there because they rejected the salvation God provided and lovingly offered by His grace.
Friend, ” Are you not saved? Are you not one of the elect? Get saved and you will be among the elect.”!!!
To be continued……………………..
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour!
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.