GOD WANTS US TO KNOW WHERE WE STAND

I love how simple things are when it comes to Jesus Christ. For instance in Matthew 12:30 Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” Now, that’s pretty simple isn’t it? There is no in-between with Jesus Christ you are in or out, up or down, with or without.

We are all either this or that. In a sense one might say, “we are becoming” but only in the sense that we are becoming more fixed in what we already are. This of course doesn’t mean we can’t be changed or transformed into a new creature; of course that is true and is in fact God’s plan all along. You see it isn’t His will that we stay lost or hardened to Him, but it is His will that we decide. He created us in His image therefore we have the ability to receive or reject Him. Do you remember the story of Pharaoh and how he opposed Moses? The scriptures tell us God hardened his heart, but they also tell us Pharaoh hardened his heart. Could it be that since Pharaoh hardened his heart God simply let him go the direction he was going? Maybe God didn’t want him to be hardened, but for the sake of his freedom to choose, He simply let him continue down the path he was going.

The New Testament equivalent to this would be Judas. In John 17 Jesus spoke of “the son of perdition” who seemed to be without hope, or a chance to be anything but doomed. This “son of perdition” is widely thought to be speaking of Judas but could it be that Judas, like Pharaoh, had already chosen to betray Jesus but it wasn’t until the Last Supper that he became fixed. The scriptures tell us after Judas received that fateful morsel of bread “Satan then entered into him.”

The Bible clearly teaches us to choose which side we’re on. In Deuteronomy 30:19 we are told to “choose life.” In Joshua 24:15 we are instructed to “choose for yourselves today whom you will serve…” Elijah challenged the people saying, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him” (1 Kings 18:21).

Wisdom speaks to us in Proverbs 8:35-36 saying, “For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord. But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.” So you see, just as Jesus said, we are either with him or against him and thankfully we do get to decide our eternal destiny. While we all know not everyone will side with Christ “It is not God’s will that any should perish but that all would come to repentance.”

Let me end by saying this “simply choosing the right path isn’t what I’m talking about here.” In fact it isn’t really a path it’s a person, the person of Jesus Christ himself. The Bible teaches us our problem is actually greater than just a choice in that sense because the result of the fall of Man was death. Therefore we now have to be enlivened in order to be on God’s side. Jesus himself said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life…” Without Him we remain in death! But with Him we are alive! 1 John 5:11-12 puts it like this, “The testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”

Louie

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2 thoughts on “GOD WANTS US TO KNOW WHERE WE STAND

  1. as I read your post I was thinking about how I got saved and how I now live the Christ way–I believe I got saved by Gods choosing me and I live my daily Christian life by my choices I make under Gods guidance–I realize that the arguments between mans free will and Gods sovereignty will never end but im just explaining things from my own personal experiences–when I was unregenerated I heard the good news about Christ but I ran from it–now that I am birthed into Christ I want to run to him.

    • Thanks Kenneth. I think my point with this post was meant to be about how in one sense we “are” one thing or the other, but in another sense we are “becoming.” It’s like concrete hardening. At the point of our physical heart stopping our destiny is forever fixed. The “Good News” is while we are in the body there is still time to choose Christ and forever live with Him throughout eternity.

      Louie

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