“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”
While riding to pick up some groceries one day during the past week, a man’s house was passed.
The man, well-known to many locals, was out in his yard in a pair of shorts. The reason so many were acquainted with this man is that he USUALLY was described as “nasty” or “short-tempered” or “unpleasant.”
After having been familiar with this man for YEARS, those descriptors would be judged as fairly accurate.
And so it was that this particular line of thinking provoked a few thoughts about the man and the man’s eternal destination.
1- The man was always VERY CONFIDENT in his place in the world. One might even say the man was “smug” about his place on the world’s food chain.
2- Was it the man’s confidence about his well-paying job which caused him to treat his fellows in so cavalier a manner?
From the man’s own words, one might have reasonable suspicions this was so.
3- Therefore, the man’s confidence in his standing in the world was sure to evaporate when he was faced with a final judgment in which he didn’t believe.
4- Whenever thoughts of a person’s final destination are entertained, another thought usually accompanies them immediately afterward: WHAT IF God chooses to save this man and admit him to the kingdom of heaven? God, can save whomever he pleases and has declared as much in His Word.
The apostle Paul confirmed this in 1TIMOTHY.
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
God will save ANY it pleases Him to save.
“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.”
NOT ONLY will God save a few of the most unpleasant sinners, who is it among men who will argue the point?
“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
“Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?”
As God Himself has declared
“Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let (hinder) it?”
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure”
In other words, IF God decides to save that local man who many judge to be “nasty” and “unpleasant,” that man WILL be eternally saved from torment.
Not because he deserved to be saved, but because God is able to save whomever he pleases.
Actually, ALL men are saved by God’s mercy.
No matter how evil.
No matter how wicked or foolish.
No matter how nasty or unpleasant.
And, if God has judged a man worthy of the kingdom of heaven, who is it that can argue that decision?
Surely not another man who was saved by the mercy and grace of God.
DOES the reader believe he has a good idea of who it is that should be eternally saved and who it is that should be eternally condemned?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“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: June 14, 2021.]
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