“The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.”
In the VERY beginning, God (who had the power to create ANYTHING exactly the way He desired) wanted someone who would FREELY choose to worship Him as God.
God created the angels to be holy.
He COULD have created man to be holy as well–and THAT would have saved MANY men eternities of torment.
BUT, God wanted the men who decided to choose God to choose Him over all other things. God wanted those to FREELY choose to worship Him. God wanted those who freely chose Him to follow Him and His Son, Jesus Christ, in spite of the discomfort that choice would generate.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
In fact, God wanted a PEOPLE who would FREELY choose to worship Him as God OVER EVERYTHING ELSE THEY KNEW OR EXPERIENCED.
And so, God created man.
Man COULD choose to be good.
Or, man COULD choose to be wicked and evil.
SO, those who chose to be good would do so because they WANTED TO, not because they had no other choice.
There have been LOTS of philosophers and learned men who have occupied their time (and the time of others) with questions, like “Why am I here?”
IF ONLY those philosophers and learned men believed God’s Word: it tells them EXACTLY why they are here on earth.
“And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.”
Not only that, but God will reward those who freely choose good (and Him) over all of the things of the world which surrounds those people EVERY DAY.
“Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
So, God (the CREATOR of ALL) created man, created a world filled to the brim with those things which appeal to man’s many appetites. He also created the TIMING of judgment: putting it at the end of men’s lives instead of it falling IMMEDIATELY on the wicked when they acted in a evil manner.
God also created Satan to tempt man.
SO it seems the cards were stacked AGAINST man choosing God.
BUT, God KNEW there would be a FEW who would choose God over pleasure; over good food; over family: over EVERYTHING.
God KNEW there would a FEW who would choose FREELY to worship God as God.
And so, God would seek these men out.
“For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.”
“I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.”
Even as those men would seek God out.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
So, man has a CHOICE: he can follow God, obey God’s Word and reap incredible benefits.
OR, man can CHOOSE to be wicked and evil and foolish and gain a few extra moments of comfort in this life while forfeiting an eternity of bliss in the next.
Seems like an easy choice, huh?
Yet, MOST men will choose the small pleasures of life over eternal happiness.
IF those men could have a SECOND CHANCE, it is supposed they would choose differently.
But, the GREAT majority of men will choose their appetites and preferences over God.
Only a FEW will follow after God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
But, this is how God had it planned when He created man and the world man inhabits about 6000 years ago.
Including all of the evil, wicked and foolish who choose to NOT follow God and/or worship Him.
“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.”
HAS the reader ever thought he might have to make a choice between God and the enemies of God?
HAS the reader ever thought that the enemies of God would be truthful and declare “I am an enemy of God.”
OR, will the enemies lie to the reader and declare “I am a good person–just ask me!”
It is not YET too late: there is still a little 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: October 27, 2021.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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