mikehill4jesus “The evilness of Reprobates who ignore the Gospel of Jesus”
17th December 2016 (17.21) 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.’
Those who are Called by God and those who are Chosen by God (Sourced from Charles Finney)
1. Men truly decide in time their own election or reprobation. Now do not misapprehend me. Mistakes on this subject are far too common. Some suppose that God has decided man’s destiny, as absolutely, and fatally, as if he had nailed it down with iron nails, and man had no power to determine or change it. Whereas, the fact is, that man as really decides his own destiny, as if God had known nothing about it.
2. It is simply absurd to say–“A man elected, will be saved, do what he may,” for he never can be saved but by doing his duty.
3. It is a mere absurdity to make election a stumbling block, as many do. Suppose that God and yourself were to commence existence to-day, together. There is no past with either, and no actions done in the past, therefore, which can in the least affect the future. Now, God determines your destiny, according to your actual conduct, and your entire voluntary activities. Would it not be absurd for you to complain of his election as interfering with your final destiny, or rather, with your power to determine it by your own free choices?
If so on this supposition, then is it so as the case actually stands, for God really determines your destiny solely upon your voluntary conduct–solely and actually as if He had never thought of it before you began to live and to act.
4. Ministers whose hearts are set on doing their work, cannot help watching the course of things, to see the indications that show who are the elect, and who the reprobate. If their hearts are really on saving souls, of course they will watch with most intense solicitude. Like a faithful physician who sees his patient in peril, he nerves are on the rock, his lips quiver and turn white, for his soul is full of unutterable sympathy and anxiety; or as the lawyer with a case on hand in which life trembles in the balance, and his sympathies are wrought up to agony: so the honest man of God, who labors for souls as one who must give account, has the sympathies of his heart taxed to their utmost depth, and cannot but watch every indication, that at last his account for each or any soul will be with joy and not with grief. As he sees the evidences of election developing themselves here, or of reprobation there, his soul swells with the varied emotions of hope and of fear; and as those evidences ripen to their maturity, and he stands by the bedside of the dying Christian conqueror, why should he not shout, “Glory to God in the highest!”? The destiny of one more soul for heaven, always known to God, is now made manifest before his eyes, and why should he not give utterance to his devout thanksgivings to all conquering grace?
5. The evidences on both sides are oftentimes so manifestly clear that the wickedest man must confess to their sufficiency as evidence. “That man,” they will say, “is certainly fitting for heaven.” “That other man is surely on his way down to the depths of hell.”
6. The more thorough the application of means, the more decisive will these developments become. When Christ traveled with his own gospel among the people of his time, working miracles and pouring the light of truth in mighty floods upon all the land, how rapidly did some develop their character as reprobates! And on the other hand, how readily did some come to the truth, to the saving of their souls. So in these days, when the means employed are full of power, and the influences are strong and earnestly applied, and men are compelled to decide one way or the other, the work of sealing destiny and of developing its evidences, goes on with utmost terrific rapidity. There is a young woman. She scarcely sets her foot down in Oberlin before she says, “This is a holy place, and God has sent me here to secure the salvation of my soul. It must be done!” But another shall come in at the same time, and come under the same influences, but sets herself against the truth from the very first, and only becomes the more rapidly and terribly hardened in her sins.
7. We see what an inquisitive world this ought to be, to know, not who is first in office or foremost in wealth, but to see who develops the character of the elect and who the reprobate. With what amazing interest would angels study these indications, if human character and conduct were as open to their inspection as to ours! These thing may be more patent to their eyes than they can be to our own.
We see why Peter said, “Give all diligence to make your calling and election sure.” How reasonable that all men should! For consider, you have the same to do, and as much to do, in determining the eternal destiny of your own soul, as if God knew nothing about it.
Again, you see the meaning of that portion of my text–“For many are called but few are chosen.” The many, God calls, but few will answer. Long and loudly does He call, and they will not hear. Of course, God could not choose them to salvation.
How does the case stand with you, my hearers? You have some new evidence developed to your view this day, showing, one way or the other, what shall be your final destiny. Do you take warning, and apply the truth to yourselves? Do you find that the gospel is saving you in the sense of saving your hearts from the power of sin?
Generally the early years of life give the cast to moral character and determine final eternal destiny. The masses who are converted at all are converted early, so that you do not need to wait long for developments which are in the main decisive. Early they strike into the path which, followed through after years, lands them at their journey’s end in paradise or in perdition. Mark that young man, that mere boy. Has he a conscience? Is it becoming more and more an element of power in his character? Does he fear God and hate evil? Is he attentive to the great questions of religious duty and truth? Then you may predict, almost with certainty, his future manhood and his final destiny.
But on the other hand, if you see him indisposed towards religious truth and its claims, and only waxing more and more hardened and fixed in his aversion, you cannot help saying, “Reprobate silver shall men call them because the Lord hath rejected them.” The Lord rejected them because He saw that they would turn away coldly and scornfully from every appeal He could make to either their conscience or their sensibilities. Yes, even when Jesus Christ came down to throw his arms of lovingkindness all round about you, you evaded Him and would not be embraced in his loving arms. Then you sealed your final doom as a lost sinner.
Another said, “I must bid Jesus welcome to my heart–I must and will rush to the wide arms of his offered embrace, crying “Life, Life, ETERNAL LIFE!” and so doing, he “made his calling and election sure.” And did he, think you, pay too dearly for his soul’s salvation? Will he regret it when, in the light of the judgment, he shall come to see what such a salvation is actually worth?
This LINK is to the complete Lecture on the subject of Election and Reprobation.
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.