Ah, The Mind of a Child

Posted By Thomas Perez. August 11, 2010 at 9:46pm.

What do they mean when they say
“There’s nothing you must do to be saved.”

What they mean is
“Here’s what you must do to be saved.”

What do they mean when they say
“You are absolutely, totally helpless to save yourself.”

What they mean is
“You must make a wise decision in order to be saved.”

What do they mean when they say
“God controls all things.”

What they mean is
“God doesn’t control man’s free will.”

What do they mean when they say
“We can’t boast about going to heaven.”

What they mean is
“If we go to hell, it’s our own fault.”

What do they mean when they say
“Love never fails!”

What they mean is
“Love can’t overcome human stubbornness.”

What do they mean when they say
“Men are in bondage to sin.”

What they mean is
“Men are free to choose Christ.”

What do they mean when they say
“Grace is unmerited favor.”

What they mean is
“given only to those who merit it with faith and obedience.”

What do they mean when they say
“God is the Saviour of all mankind.”
(1 Tim. 4:10).”

What they mean is
“except for about ninety percent of them.”

What do they mean when they say
“God’s love is unconditional.”

What they mean is
“As long as you meet certain conditions.”

What do they mean when they say
“God’s will is unopposed.”

What they mean is
“except by the sinner.”

What do they mean when they say
“Salvation is not a thing of chance.”

What they mean is
“There is no second chance to be saved.”

What do they mean when they say
“We have Good News for you!”

What they mean is
“Most of mankind will perish forever.”

What do they mean when they say
“God loves you!”

What they mean is
“as long as you love Him.”

What do they mean when they say
“Christ died for all sin.”

What they mean is
“except the sin of not believing that He died for all sin.”

What do they mean when they say
“The Good Shepherd seeks the lost sheep until he finds it !”

What they mean is
“The Good Shepherd seeks until it’s too late.”

What they mean when they say
“God’s justice was satisfied in the cross of Christ.”

What they mean is
“God’s justice demands eternal torment or annihilation.”

Is this, my friend, the story of the pathway that leads to glory? I sincerely trust not! I also hope that you will treasure this golden nugget of truth passed on to you and that God will use it to His honor and glory, and to your good. May you too, dear reader, feel the power of His presence as you read these lines. Your salvation will come to you in its proper order, may you not suffer loss or disdain for putting off so great a salvation to be realized now (in this present life) in Christ. Repent from sin and do that which is righteous (good) and realize that while doing these things, it does not necessitate salvation, but only its by – product. Eternal life is ultimately found and realized in Christ Jesus (John14:6).

God’s purpose of the eons (ages) is to eventually save and reconcile all creatures by means of instructions and disciplinary measures, which He will institute at the Great White Throne Judgment. For God is a refiners fire, and to refine something is to make it perfect! This He does because of what He did in Christ, when God Himself was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. Consequently, all will have come to a knowledge of the truth, and a realization of God, whether it be by grace or fire (as in refining) God’s character will be realized as He should be in their/our lives – the God of love, of wisdom and of grace, determined to bless all His creatures to the full with infinite joy, peace and endless happiness.

A Concluding Word

The more excellent way of helping you in seeking the way of salvation would be to bring to your attention – and recollection, the very early promptings, and later, the strong pull of the Spirit – if such there were – as evidence of God’s operation. To be sure, once you have experienced the Spirit of God making His home in you – which comes not by praying, or by confessing, or by tarrying, but by God’s grace, which is wholly unearned, unsolicited – you certainly will know your place in the family of God (Rom 8 :16-17).

If, however, you feel this drawing-power, this pull on the heart (as it were) of God’s Spirit in your life drawing you to Christ, then you may have good reason to believe that you are among the chosen of God. It is written: “For whoever are being led by God’s Spirit, these are sons of God” (Rom. 8:14). On the other hand, if you do not feel this drawing power, this, of course, does not mean that you are entirely out of God’s favor as is sometimes said, “eternally lost and without hope,” (a statement not found in the Scriptures), for God has made provision for all. There is no one really lost to God; for, note “the lost things” in Luke 15, were not permanently lost, but only temporarily displaced, even the “lost son” found a loving father. How could anyone be everlastingly lost to God the Creator of all when everything, and everyone in life or death – is open before His eyes. If earth’s millions are lost – out of God’s reach – who then would be the victor, God or Satan? Is Satan stronger than God?

But someone will say, although God has provided salvation for the sinner, who is a free moral agent, it’s up to him to exercise his own will in the matter, for God will save no one against his will. This argument sounds most conclusive were it not for the clear teaching of the Scriptures which give us a concrete example of God’s method of saving man in this day of grace.

Consider the case of Saul of Tarsus, and answer. Could ever a man more madly do all in his power against Christ and His people? Saul’s religion made him the chief of sinners, Christ’s bitterest enemy; but did all his opposition to God and his bitterness to Christ win out over God’s intention? Oh, No! For the record in Acts 9 speaks for itself of that salvation which is of grace – grace alone, without human will, works, or wealth.

By Divine design, God had chosen Saul in Christ eons before his birth and in due time called him—even against his will, while on the road to Damascus. There, suddenly a light – brighter than the noon-day sun – flashed about him, and falling down to earth, he hears a voice saying unto him, “Saul, Saul, why art thou persecuting Me?” It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” Yes, “the grace of God over-whelmed him, with faith and love in Christ” (1 Tim 1:2-16), even as it does all believers today.

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