Friday, June 24, 2011
I follow several blogs. There are beautiful nuggets of God’s word in so many of them. One had this small precious find:
Isn’t wonderful? And it is so very biblical:
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10 KJV)
It reminds me of a parable, too:
How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. (Matthew 18:12-13 KJV)
How does this prove that each and every one of us is on His list to find? Just check out that next verse:
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:14 KJV)
Paul learned this lesson well and passed it along in his writings:
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4 KJV)
I must caution, though, those who use this one scripture to build “all paths lead to God” or “every one will be saved” should study more thoroughly to understand God’s word.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:13-14 KJV)
I do know of one man who, within hours after meeting Him, was offered a place in paradise by our Lord, but none of us are the thief on the cross. We must believe and call upon Him now. Believing alone is not sufficient:
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (James 2:19 KJV)
Do we tremble at our knowledge of God’s power, or do we err by not knowing?
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (Matthew 22:29 KJV)
How many times have the scriptures been laid out before us? How often has someone spoken to us, concerned for our future – for our very souls? Has anyone mentioned they are praying specifically that Christ would be active in our lives. What response?
How many times do we speak to family, to loved ones, to our close friends about this very subject. Do we ask “Do you know my Jesus?”