mikehill4jesus “The afflictions of the Righteous and the Wicked contrasted”
5th September 2016 (9.27) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
Lost Souls, even Christian ones, deserve to be told the truth, not lies!
The Apostle Paul, speaking to Spiritually Converted Believers, commented in 2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
Also mentioned in Psalm 73
Afflictions in regard to the Righteous (Members of Christ’s Body John 14:23):
- Promote the glory of God.
- Exhibit Gods power and faithfulness towards us.
- Teach us the will of God.
- Turn us to God.
- Keep us from again departing from God.
- Lead us to seek God in prayer.
- Convince us of sin.
- Lead us to confession of sin.
- Test and exhibit our sincerity.
- Try our faith and obedience.
- Humble us.
- Purify us.
- Exercise our patience.
- Render us fruitful in good works.
- Further the gospel, as we are able to be fruitful witnesses of our living Lords involvement in our past and present circumstances.
Afflictions in regard to the Wicked (Those who are not members of Christ’s body John 14:24):
(How many unconverted Professing Christians need to know this?)
- God is glorified in.
- God holds in derision.
- Are multiplied.
- Are continual.
- Are often sudden.
- Are often judicially sent.
- Are for examples to others.
- Are ineffectual of themselves, for their conversion.
- Their persecution of members of Christ’s Body, a cause of.
- Impenitence is a cause of.
- Sometimes humble them.
- Frequently harden them.
- Produce slavish fear.
- Members of Christ’s Body should not be alarmed at.
Please note that I am also challenged by what I learn and pass on.
Afflictions Of The Righteous And The Wicked Contrasted.
June 24, 1846
By The Rev. CHARLES G. FINNEY
Few things are more interesting than to contemplate the contrast every where drawn in the Bible between the righteous and the wicked. No man can thoroughly study this contrast without being greatly affected by it. Throughout the Bible we find this contrast drawn in the strongest colors respecting their character, their afflictions, their joys, their entire earthly course, and their final destiny. It is my design in this discourse to notice some particulars.
Here is how he finished his teaching.
Finally, brethren, let me say, it is exceedingly useful to us to contemplate this contrast between the earthly state of the righteous and of the wicked. Let Christians do this often and thoroughly. I have found it exceedingly useful to me to do it. It quickens the deep sympathies of my heart for my dying fellowmen and calls forth gushing gratitude for the mercies of gospel salvation. It is sometimes an evil to dwell too long and too exclusively upon the Christian’s hope and the Christian’s heaven, and neglect to dwell upon the bitter doom of the wicked. O, we must not forget their awful state! Our business here is to pull them out of those fires. Then let our hearts feel their awful peril. Let us often follow out this striking, heart-affecting contrast between the righteous and the wicked. If ministers would often do this, carrying out this contrast in all its great and striking points, O how would both they and their churches travail in birth for souls, and be filled with unutterable emotions of benevolent solicitude for the souls of the perishing!
Brethren, do you satisfy yourselves with the dainties of the Christian life and live to eat rather than to labor and toil? Do you come up here to this sanctuary to regale yourselves with spiritual manna, and give no crumbs to those who must starve in the agonies of the second death? Do you lose sight of the sorrows of the wicked, and quite forget their case? Do you–can you forget their awful afflictions here and hereafter–so heavy, so enduring, so fearful? O! can you let these things pass from your minds, and live on as if all were well? Beloved, you must one day give account for souls–for souls saved or lost.
The Lord promised that the number of Saved People would be small and the number of Unsaved People would be large.
The narrow and wide gates.
Matthew 7:13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’
It is the Devil that causes the unconverted Professing Christians to believe that a person can have one foot on the Broad Road and one foot on the Narrow Road. But then he always tells lies for he can do nothing else as there is no TRUTH in him.
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST KNOWS IF YOU ARE ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES OR ONE OF THE DEVILS
The Gospel of Jesus that many Christian Leaders need to use.
The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit without which we are just playing at Christianity.
My Tribute to the Rev Ken and Jean Newton, once of Wholeness Ministries International in Southport, Nr Brisbane, Australia.