Good mornin to you my friend.
I believe that you’re going to be blessed by what you read here.
Do you ever think about why some people crave to hear the gospel, while others don’t have any (real) interest in it at all?
To understand why that is, let’s begin our discussion by considering two excellent examples of God’s vessels of mercy & wrath: Peter & Judas Iscariot.
Consider the similarities of these two men please…
Peter and Judas both walked with Christ as His disciples, they both heard the same teaching, they both denied Christ, and they both were sorry that they had betrayed an innocent Man.
Consider please that God could have granted mercy to both of them, or He could have sent them both to hell if He wanted to.
Because after all, both of them deserved to be thrown into hell for their sins just like the rest of us do. (Yes, Peter deserved to go to hell too).
But God didn’t show any mercy to Judas at all did He?
So then why did He show mercy to Peter, and not to Judas?
It was because Peter and Judas had different foreordained roles according to God’s purpose in election.
Hey, if God wanted to save Judas, He could have said something like this to him…
Okay, I see that you returned the money, you’ve demonstrated that you’re sorry for what you did to Me, and I appreciate that. So what I’m going to do for you now is open your spiritual eyes & apply the atonement to you so that you’ll be in right-relationship with Me.
Because after all, I really want to save you (I want to save everybody).
And hey, your testimony will be awesome for evangelism! So let’s do this!
[That sounds like one of those nauseating life-coach preachers on TV doesn’t it?]
But of course God didn’t do any of that for Judas did He?
God didn’t save Judas, because He never intended to save Judas, (or He would have saved him).
God’s purpose for Judas had always been for him to be a vessel of wrath in the course of accomplishing Christ’s atonement for God’s beloved elect.
Peter (like Paul) was a foreordained vessel of God’s mercy for God’s use in the body of Christ. Jesus even went to Peter after His resurrection to restore Peter, as Peter had returned to his old way-of-life (fishing).
While Judas (like Pharoah) was a foreordained dishonorable vessel of God’s wrath for the purpose of exalting God before man in His victory over everything evil. God didn’t make any efforts whatsoever to save him.
Similarly (speaking about God’s calling & election in His foreordained vessels of mercy), Saul wasn’t seeking God’s mercy when He was intercepted by Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus was he? (Think about it).
No he wasn’t.
Saul was minding his own evil business of persecuting Christ when God seemed to arrive out of nowhere and made Himself known to him.
Of course God had already planned when & where He would take Paul into His custody. But (like all of God’s elect), Paul experienced God’s intervention-of-love completely outside of his will. Paul made no effort to choose Christ, Christ chose him.
And if you’re born-again by God the Holy Ghost, you too can relate to Paul’s encounter with God can’t you?
From out of nowhere (it seemed), Jesus Christ opened your eyes to Himself in a way that transcended your intellectual knowledge about salvation didn’t He?
* Salvation is entirely the work of God. While believing the facts about Jesus Christ is necessary to be saved, salvation isn’t the result of someone intellectually nodding to historical facts about Jesus. Salvation is the result of God quickening a spiritually dead sinner, and giving them the faith of Christ to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. And God the Holy Ghost accomplishes this in every vessel that God has chosen for His mercy.
If that has happened to you, then you are indeed blessed of God, you are a vessel of His mercy.
Always remember this…
God never fails at anything. Because He doesn’t give control of His plan to the selfish & spiritually dead sinner.
He never loses any of His beloved sheep. He never has, and He never will.
Moreover, also understand this please:
one must be in the true “Israel of God” to be among God’s saved elect.
To be outside of this group, is to be without God & without hope (see Ephesians 2 below).
The “Israel of God” isn’t referring to Israel according to the flesh, (genealogical, religious, or geographical).
But the genuine “Israel of God” are those elect saints who are in the everlasting covenant by the faith of Christ, (on both sides of the cross).
So if you claim to be a Christian, then examine yourself, make your calling and election sure.
Well that about does it for what I have to say in this post, and I thank you for sharing your valuable time with me.
I’m going to now leave you with some scripture that I want you to prayerfully meditate on.
And as you carefully read God’s Holy word, listen to what God teaches you in your conscience:
1 Samuel 15.3
“Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”
“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
9 “And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”
“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
“For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.”
“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.”
11 “(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”
1 Corinthians 1.27
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”
15 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:”
6 “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”
26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
15 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.”
11 “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;”
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever.