mikehill4jesus “God knows who will love Jesus and who wont”
13th December 2016 (14.43) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
In my last Blog I shared about “An Omniscient, all knowing, God and the professing Christian” and how he will choose some and reject others.
The teachings of:
The Prophet Jeremiah 6:
They are called rejected silver,
because the Lord has rejected them.’
The Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 22:14 ‘For many are invited, but few are chosen.’
An Apostle appointed by the Lord in 1 Peter 1:2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
This Lost Soul was invited and ended up being chosen
An Omniscient God and the professing Christian who is as the Lord Jesus describes in John 14:23. He studied the Gospel of Jesus and allowed the Holy Spirit to give him understanding. He did not rely on his own personal interpretation of what the Gospel is. God offered him the terms for salvation and he accepted them without any conditions of his own.
God’s power is infinite, or limitless. Omniscient means all-knowing. God is all-knowing in the sense that he is aware of the past, present, and future. Nothing takes him by surprise. His knowledge is total.
Professing Christians as described in John 14:24 will not be unburdened!
What are these good reasons for being chosen or rejected? (Sourced from Charles Finney)
God has good reasons for all He does. He never makes up his mind without having good reasons, and never otherwise than in accordance with those reasons.
The elect, therefore, are those whom God has, for the best of reasons, determined to save; the reprobate, in like manner, are those whom, for infinitely good reasons, He has made up his mind to cast off for perdition.
1. Not any arbitrary sovereignty on God’s part, a sovereignty which has no good reasons for its foundation. God is indeed a Sovereign, but only in the good sense. He judges and decides alone, unaided by the wisdom of any created being; and this, not because He is above taking counsel, if there were any being whom He could wisely consult. God’s acts of sovereignty, therefore, are all infinitely wise and benevolent. They are determined on and fixed, only because they are infinitely right and reasonable, and because He sees the reasons for them with perfect clearness, and feels their force so strongly that He cannot do otherwise than act accordingly.
2.* The elect are not chosen on account of their own desert or righteousness. Mark what I say: not because they are by nature any better than others. They are not by nature any better than the reprobate, for they had nothing in the constitution of their being better than others had.
Nor was it because their sins were any less in number or aggravation than the sins of those whom God will cast away; but it was because He saw that He could save them under the wisest possible administration of government. He saw it possible to secure their salvation without departing from his chosen system of moral administration. He could secure their confidence in Him and their assent to his scheme of salvation. Yet let it be observed, not for their concurrence in this gospel scheme, considered as a thing of merit, a thing which in justice claims salvation, but only as being a condition of their salvation. God could so arrange his government as to secure their voluntary consent.
The reprobate are cast off for their foreseen rejection, not on condition of their future wickedness, but for it. The elect are chosen on the condition of its being possible to secure their confidence in Him and their assent to the scheme of salvation.
When I say God foresaw, I use the term, not as when it is used of men. We do not foresee as He does. God sustains no such relations to time as we do. He dwells in time absolute. With us, events transpire, but not with God. Before Him all things are present.
The things which are always present to God, become known to creatures only as they transpire–only as they develop themselves in time. The things always known to God, become known to us only as they develop themselves in their occurrence. They were a secret from all eternity in his bosom. In the lapse of time, they come forth, boiling up before the eyes of creatures.
God’s knowing future things does not make them occur. His omniscience no more controls our conduct than our knowing how men will act controls their action. The acts of free agents may be certain, in the sense that God knows with certainty what they will be, yet are they none the less free and voluntary.
In the case of those who are chosen to salvation, all the facts in view of which God made up his mind, will come out before the view of the finite minds of his creatures. On the other hand, all the reasons in the case of the lost will come up to view. All will pass in full review before the universe in the solemn judgment, so that all intelligent beings of the universe will say, God could have done no otherwise than He has. They will see that the elect were chosen and finally saved on the condition that God could win them, and that the wicked were reprobated and lost because of the fact that God could not win them to give up their sins and accept of salvation.
Now, mark what I say: A great deal is said about God’s sovereignty–a great deal of nonsense too. But mark this–it is not so much the sovereignty of God as the sovereignty of man, on which this question turns. No man can deny his own freedom, and to act freely is to exercise, in this respect, the attribute of sovereignty. Man is free, for how can he either promise or purpose anything without freedom? If he is not free, he can no more promise or purpose than a wind-mill can. Go up to a wind-mill, accost it by name, assuming its sovereignty and free independence, and ask it if it will please turn so and so, and with such and such velocity. You stand rebuked in your folly, for that is a wind-mill, not a man–a wind-mill acting without free agency, and not a man, conscious of freedom.
Man always assumes his own liberty and freedom. He can no more deny it rationally than he can deny his own existence. The fact is, every man knows himself to be free, and in this sense a sovereign.
God puts man upon his own character and responsibility; holds him to his responsibility, and cannot righteously do otherwise. He places before him law; this the sinner rejects. Then God presents the gospel, and having exerted such influence as He wisely can, leaves him ultimately to his own responsibility. God can do no more than to place before him motives to induce right voluntary action. If God should attempt to convert him in any other way than by acting upon his free mind, by means of truth, it would avail nothing. Some suppose that God takes hold of a man and changes his nature, the very constitution of his being. But this would not convert him unless it changed the voluntary state of his mind. A change in the voluntary attitude of the mind is primarily all that is needed. This, and nothing else or other than this, is conversion. God never acts on man otherwise than upon a moral being. Hence, man’s own sovereignty must determine his destiny.
It is painful to see those from John 14:24!
In this large number are two groups of people known only to God – Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit:
Those who are invited to be saved from the Devil and thus from Hell, BUT ARE NOT CHOSEN.
Those from amongst the invited, WHO ARE CHOSEN TO BE SAVED.
I do not know who, but there are signs in my life and in others and I will talk about them on the Wednesday 14th December 2016.
I have produced the following videos:
Do not study the Holy Bible without allowing the Holy Spirit of God to help you.
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit
Mike Hill’s Testimony – His Life With God contains many examples from my life
See how the perfect Lord Jesus affected those religious people he witnessed to
The Gospel of St. John – Film – High Quality! HD