Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"If God would just give me a sign"

Many people have said, “if God would just give me a sign, I would believe” or “if God would just do this or that, I would believe”.

The Truth is, God has provided every possible scenario for men to believe, yet they still choose to ignore the messages, warnings, and signs.

Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

An interesting paradigm has taken place at some point in history. The first century Jews needed to be convinced that the Messiah the Bible speaks of has been manifest in Jesus of Nazareth. So Paul would reason with them in the synagogues. The debate wasn't whether the things Paul, Luke, Matthew, John, Peter and James spoke of and wrote about regarding Jesus really happened, the first century people new they did and the witnesses of these things were overwhelming. But, at some point, people started to question whether these things really happened, or whether the Old Testament prophesies of Jesus were written after the fact. The silly arguments continue today, they have just been changed slightly. The reality is, the arguments are only smoke screens, and are only the words of those that have fallen prey to deception.

The Truth is, God desires that none would die condemned:

1Timothy 2:3-4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

All men to be saved, that's what He wants, that's His will. So, according to His will, He provided signs and wonders and miracles:

Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

Someone could logically say, “if that's true, then why doesn't He just save everyone and be done with it.”

Answer: Because He is a Just and Holy God. He is a Righteous Judge. For someone to suggest that it is just that simple would be the same as suggesting that a man that has been caught after a decade of raping, torturing and killing children be set free. If a earthly judge said, “yes I know the jury has found you guilty, but I am a very loving man and I am going to set you free.”

What would you think of a judge that did that? You may be thinking, "that's not the same thing, I've never done brutal things like that.” With all respect, I would contend, if you think that way, it is because you have not yet fully grasped how God views sin of any kind. Our sin is against a Righteous and Holy God.

The severity of punishment depends on the one in which you have committed the offense. Would my punishment be more or less severe if I punched a drunk on the street in the mouth, or the President of the United States? If I punched the President in the mouth there is a good chance I wouldn't get out of prison for years, if at all; yet, we think we can spit in the face of God and walk “Scott free”?

God has sent His Holy Angels to be messengers, He has sent Prophets, He has sent Evangelists; yet, we drift away from the Truth, and in some cases turn our back and run away from It. Many have been warned of this Truth over and over again and continue to neglect the Truth:

Hebrews 2:1-3 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

Take a look at the definition of “propitiation:

Propitiation
PROPITIATION, n. propisia'shon.

  1. The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person; the act of making propitious.

If you have committed an offense in a third world country and were about to be sentenced to the most brutal prison in the world, a prison so brutal that 1 month or 10 years would amount to the same thing, you will not survive either one; would you want someone to intervene on your behalf? Would you be thankful to anyone that would appease the judgement of the court in this country? Such a person would be making propitiation for your crime. This person satisfied your debt.

Now let's take our hypothetical situation a step further. You are in court when this unknown person intervenes and the judge looks at you and says, “are you willing to receive this act of propitiation, if so, you may go?

If you are a right thinking person, you would shout for joy and wouldn't be able to say "YES" fast enough. Furthermore, you would probably embrace this stranger, and ask what you could do to repay him.

He says, “you can never afford to repay what it cost, but I do ask that you never return to the lifestyle that got you in this bind.”

Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

(Words of Jesus)
Mark 9:43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—

John 8:11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

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