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Sunday, June 25, 2006


Romans 8:31-35, 37-39
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?
It is God that justifieth.
Who is he that condemneth?
It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Why do people not respond to the gospel?

Paul said "if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing" (2 Corinthians 4:3). May I say the problem was not with the message or the messenger, but with the hearers headed for hell. The preacher cannot persuade people to believe; only God can do that.
Paul also says Satan has blinded the minds of the unbeliever (verse 4). Satan blinds men to the truth of God's Word through the world system he has created. The majority of people have the mind-set that is expressed by this world system. Without a godly influence, man left to himself will follow that system, which panders to the depravity of humankind and deepens their moral darkness.
"For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus" (verse 5). False teachers accused Paul of preaching for his own benefit, yet they were the ones guilty of doing so. Paul never promoted himself, but always preached Christ Jesus as Lord. Notice verse 6, "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God". The same God who created physical light in the universe must create supernatural light in the soul of the unbeliever before that person can respond to the gospel. Child of God we are to be faithful, to proclaim the gospel of Christ, and leave the results to God. You think about that.