mikehill4jesus “The destiny of people for eternity is generally indicated in their lives”
14th December 2016 (14.09) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
In my last Blog I shared about “God knows who will love Jesus and who wont” hence he can choose with accuracy whom to choose and reject.
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.’
The destiny of men and women for eternity is in general very plainly indicated in their lives. (Sourced from Charles Finney)
Note! In Finney’s day, teaching was always in the male gender but was meant for females also.
For if men are ever saved by the gospel, they must be savingly influenced by it while yet they live on earth. If they are ever lost, it will be because they reject the gospel. Now, therefore, if we see that the gospel is taking effect on any mind, we see reason to conclude that that individual will be saved, for he is being saved already. The gospel is already renewing his soul and saving it from sin. We have therefore the appropriate evidence that he is elected unto salvation.
But if we see that an individual is being cursed by the gospel–if it only serves to harden his heart and make him more obstinate, more wicked, more the child of hell than before, we see conclusive marks of his reprobation.
Hence if we would know whether men are elected or reprobated, we must watch. We must notice how the gospel affects them, and what attitude they take towards it. This we may with considerable certainty foresee their destiny–and in like manner our own.
How then may it generally be known whether or not any individual is elected to salvation?
It is not always possible for us to judge accurately in this world. Sometimes things are working deep in the mind which we do not see. Sometimes men seem to be going in the wrong direction with alarming certainty, but at length they turn, unexpectedly to us, and we find the gospel asserting it’s due power over their minds. So on the other hand, some seem to be running well for a time, but by a sudden turn they take the way of death, and crush all our fond anticipations.
Yet these are only the exceptions; the Bible teaches us that as a general rule we may judge who are reprobates. It requires us to prove our own selves and gives us the tests whereby we may know whether we are reprobates or not.
I therefore proceed to notice some of the indications by which men may know whether they are or are not reprobates.
I do this for two reasons, (1.) It is due to all the saints that they should have the consolation of knowing that they are among the chosen. (2.) It is of great importance that saints should know the marks as they appear upon others to show whether or not they are elected. It is also well that sinners should be able to see as in a glass their own coming destiny, that being warned of their peril they may escape while yet salvation is possible. Yet let me say again, I do not imply that these marks are infallible. They are approximate indications–probable signs, sometimes amounting almost to certainty; but nothing more.
1. Those who are elected to be saved attend to the means of salvation. This is plain, because if they are ever to be saved, it must be through their attention to those means by which God saves men. Men are saved if at all by the agency of these means. God cannot save by merely physical influence; the nature of the case forbids it. Moral and physical government are entirely distinct and contrasted. The planets are not moved by motives, nor free minds by gravitation. Matter requires one form of moving power–mind another. It is simply absurd to confound the distinction between the two.
The elect, then, will attend to the truth–will hear, and having heard will think. They will, if they can, attend the places of religious worship and instruction. I do not assert that every man who goes to meeting will be saved, or that all who sometimes stay away will be lost, but I speak of the general law that obtains in this matter and of the general influences that stand connected with men’s salvation or damnation. As a general thing, the elect will go to meeting–will search for truth. They are indicated by their attention to these means of grace, and the non-elect for the same reason by their neglect of these means.
A personal and permanent interest in gospel truth must be awakened in the minds of the elect, for they are to be saved through the influence of this truth.
I have preached in many hundreds of congregations. I have seen hundreds of persons of whom observers could say as they saw their aspect in the house of God–“That man’s ears are opened; he is attentive and solemn;–pray for him–he will be converted.” Soon he is converted.
The Saving Gospel of Jesus that the elected ones apply to themselves and the reprobated ones either cannot or will not see and understand.
See how the perfect Lord Jesus affected those religious people he witnessed to
The Gospel of St. John – Film – High Quality! HD
In my testimony you will see how over time I was influenced by the Gospel of Jesus until I chose to love the Lord Jesus. I also describe those I have observed to be showing signs of rejecting the Gospel. They are unable to produce a testimony of their own walk with God – before and after salvation. Though for some it might be the case of they are not yet able to form in their mind what is happening to them.
Mike Hill’s Testimony – His Life With God contains many examples from my life
Do not study the Holy Bible without allowing the Holy Spirit of God to help you.
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit
There are more signs in my life and in others and I will talk about them on Thursday 15th December 2016.