THE CHOICE: GOD or THE WORLD
Man was created for one specific purpose: to provide fellowship to God while exalting and glorifying Him as the Creator of all things.
(Oh, how this makes many men uncomfortable! They are uncomfortable with the idea of ANYTHING, including God, being higher than themselves.)
Since there can be no true fellowship with automatons, God created man with the ability to reject Him.
Since man has the ability to reject God, ALL who choose God must do so without coercion. They choose God of their own free will through faith (putting their trust in that which is not yet seen).
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Throughout the Bible, God declares time and again that He is looking for a people to be a God to. This is one of the themes which run throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
Specifically, God is seeking a people who choose Him over everything else this wicked world has to offer.
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
Some men insist that God does EVERYTHING and that man is merely a spectator to his own salvation or destruction. This is NOT what the Bible declares.
IF man has nothing to do with his salvation; IF man has no choice to make, then the numerous commands of Jesus, the prophets and the apostles to “repent” (change direction), are empty mockery.
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”
Likewise, IF man has no choice to make, then Jesus’ command to “believe” are empty words.
“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
IF man has nothing to do with his salvation, no choice to make, then why is Abraham revered by both God and man for choosing belief in God?
“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”
It is clear that God’s people make a choice, through faith, to believe in God through His Son Jesus Christ. Anyone who says anything different is selling a man-created system of faith which differs from biblical Christianity.
But the same goes for all those who insist that God is merely an interested spectator; that He is left out of the salvation equation; that man decides all, chooses all ON HIS OWN.
God has provided everything man needs for salvation; however, in the end, man must make a choice.
ALL those who choose God will glorify Him. After all, He is the creator of all that is.
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”
Giving glory to the Lord is not natural with sinful man. Man would much rather give glory, honor and exaltation to himself. And the world offers that sort of exaltation and glory to man every day. And in America (and especially in the churches of America), man and his works are exalted and promoted EVERY SINGLE DAY.
To ALL those who choose God (God’s people), they know He loves them and works everything out to, not only their benefit, but to the greatest benefit of ALL who love the Lord.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
The fake and fraudulent “men of God” who are always posing what they consider to be unanswerable “mysteries” operate from a lack of faith (Faith being necessary to become one of God’s people).
THE WORLD: GOD’S SELECTION PROCESS
This world is merely the screening process to allow God to find His people.
“and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people”
Those who rail against God; who make this screening process–this thing we call LIFE–the end-all goal of man’s existence operate in error and deceit.
Though the deceived will exalt and magnify this present life and this present world: This LIFE–this 50-80 year span of time–is merely the probationary period which determines where each person will spend eternity.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Man is encased in flesh, which is a suit of sin. He is placed in the middle of the world, which is the source of much sin. Man is given appetites, in themselves not a bad thing, BUT appetites uncontrolled turn into lusts.
Man is tempted by the trinkets and power of the demonic as well as by Satan. Man has his five senses to process information: touch, smell, hearing, taste and sight. And these senses cry out to be indulged.
ANY who overcome all of the above and choose to place their trust in God (who they cannot see) and His future promises contained in His Word, make it through this snare called LIFE.
To ALL who turn their backs on what this present life offers and who live, not for this world, but for the next: their reward is eternal salvation and fellowship with their Creator.
(Their ‘reward’ in this life however is persecution and the hatred of the world. But throughout the slings and arrow of this world, God still gives His people PEACE.)
In return, they give God glory as the source of all in the universe.
Not a bad deal at all.
EVERYTHING in this life; EVERYTHING in this world is subordinate to the Lord identifying the ‘people of God‘ through the system he has set up.
Which is this present life in this present world.
And God’s people give Him glory continually for all things, including the snares of this pit which is called LIFE.
“that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.”
—1 Peter 4:11
Even though God’s people cannot see the promise except through faith, they can see it as though it were a material thing.
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
Faith is how God’s people walk every day.
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
—2 Corinthians 5:7
And when one walks by faith, this world will pose many less “mysteries” than when one walked by sight.
The choice one has to make is between God and the world; between faith and sight; between the apostate churches of man and the Church of Jesus Christ; between God and self; between Jesus and man.
Really, the choice is: GOD (through His Son Jesus Christ) OR everything else that is not God.
There will soon come one who will offer another god and another jesus. This man will offer miracles and lying wonders so that people will not need faith. He will offer a choice between the promises of the dragon (which one can see) and the promises of God (which are afar off).
It’s very important for the reader to choose wisely. The longer one delays, the harder making the right choice will become.
It’s very important for the reader to choose today.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: December 16, 2015.]
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