THE RELIGIOUS & ATHEISTS
What more should God do to reveal Himself to the obstinate man? How much longer will man go about denying God? For, has He not been revealing Himself to them right from the beginning? What hasn’t He done? And what more should He do?
Oh, be sure God is not lost for the answer! But in pursuit of the answer it is desirable that all my readers find it before it is too late!
It is a fact that every time and in every manner God has made Himself known, the obstinate man, the atheist or the religious, was determined to have none of it and so would let up his own smoke screens.
THE BLINDING PRIDE:
Here is a list of four most obvious and undeniable such instances:
1. Firstly, God revealed Himself by all that He created.
Yes, He first revealed His divine nature and eternal powers from all that He made (Rom 1:18-20). Particularly by the creation of man –of course both the male and the female (Gen 1:26-28, Gen 5:2).
Yet, how does the obstinate man respond? As it is now, so it was even at the beginning. He would rather evolve his own theories. (Just as he himself did eventually evolve, many thanks to his own folly, from representing God to representing the beast!).
Beginning with the very first man! Note how he turned turtle once the female was created, the only other creation to share the image and likeness of God with him. Instead of ascribing due glory to God and acknowledging the ‘holy bride’ part of the Gospel her creation foretold, he gloried in himself and gave her the new name ‘woman’ to that effect (Gen 2:23).
And so it continues till date. We see that man is first of all blinded by his pride (eg. Ps 36:2-4) – his misplaced notion of superiority!
As for those men to whom it appears materially more profitable to acknowledge God, do so for that reason alone. Consequently, they show themselves most wicked than those who deny God, by corrupting all knowledge of Him – both by their teachings and by their actions! (Rom 1:18)
For instance, note how they (with the exception of none!) have made a virtue out of their God-defying and evil subservience or insubordination of the woman.
Why ‘God-defying’ and ‘evil’? Because it is absolutely against the Word of God, so much so, it actually subverts the very Gospel.
As such it only goes to prove that such men have banded with Satan who is the arch enemy not only of God but also of the woman (Gen 3:15).
Next, note how each one of them seeks a share of the MIGHTY BOOTY (Matt 4:8-9). So that at any given time, one finds, there are as many religions and religious high places in this world as there are godless men willing to suppress the truth for their (ill-gotten) riches and (passing) glory.
2. Secondly, God revealed Himself by His Word.
After demonstrating the Gospel through all His works of creation, God first introduced His infallible Word to man by teaching him about His Judgment. In other words, the Judgment part of the Gospel! (Gen 2:16-17).
However, once again, man responded exactly in the same fashion as before. He neither imparted it faithfully nor did he show any inclination to heed it himself.
So much so that the Spirit of God testifies that to this day man continues to be unfaithful to the Word of God entrusted to him (Hos 6:7, Isa 43:27, Ezek 2:3-4, Zech 1:2, Mal 3:7, Ps 78:57, Matt 15:7-9, Jer 8:8-9 etc.).
THEREFORE, UNDERSTANDABLY, HE SHOULD NOT BE THE ONE TO BE RELIED UPON FOR IT.
Yet, all mankind – those that deny God and those that seem to acknowledge Him – both insist on doing just that. With the barest of bare exceptions, all of them continue to seek their answers from the ‘unfaithful man’.
IT IS THEREFORE HARDLY SURPRISING THAT ALL ALIKE BLUNDER ALONG LIKE THE NOW INFAMOUS ‘EVE’, WHO WAS THE FIRST UNFORTUNATE STUDENT OF THE FIRST UNFAITHFUL MAN.
As for those barest of bare exceptions that turn to God and hold on faithfully to His infallible Word, they are meted out the same fate as that was meted out to Abel, the first of His very few faithful ones. Again, to this very day!!!
3. Yet, next, God revealed Himself by sending His Son amidst us.
And this time He made Himself undeniably visible to our naked eye by fulfilling all prophecies concerning Him, for the redemption of mankind, which is the very Gospel.
And they were all fulfilled just as was prophesied and in full public knowledge. So that the Son of God was sent:
- By being born of a virgin and in full public knowledge (Isa 7:14, Lk 1:35, Matt 2:1-2 etc.);
- By receiving the testimony and commendations of the Father publicly (Matt 3:17, Matt 17:5, Acts 1:11 etc.);
- By living, moving about and ministering amongst the masses in the Perfect and distinguishingly Holy manner;
- By being arrested, tried and put to death publicly;
- By resurrecting in full public knowledge;
- By ascending back to Heaven in public view, and thereafter,
- By sealing the fulfillment of the Gospel, that was meant to be fulfilled thus far, by the prophesied outpouring of the Holy Spirit publicly.
WHAT BETTER WAY TO DISTINGUISH HIMSELF FROM THE UNFAITHFUL AND SINFUL MAN AND EXPOSE HIM!
a) From His holy conception (which was of course not by the seed of man but by the Holy Spirit) to His perfect and holy living;
b) from His true to the Word preaching and teaching to His miraculous deliverances and
c) from His total humbling of self (by not only coming to us but also willingly entering Death and Hades) to the demonstration of His complete victory and exaltation over all.
IN EVERY MANNER, HE NOT ONLY DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF FROM ALL MEN BUT ALSO SURPASSED EVEN THE BEST OF THEM TO BEYOND COMPARE.
But, who indeed was willing to receive Him? Definitely not the obstinate man! Neither the religious nor the self-righteous!
Only a humble virgin, who believed His Word and willingly offered her womb for His surrogacy! No more different than the humble stable that opened its manger to receive His birth! As also, as was seen eventually, all the meek and the humble – those that felt truly impoverished and needy for God’s Salvation!
As for the powers that dominate all men – the rulers, the authorities, the teachers, the scribes, et al, EVERYBODY REJECTED HIM. And together, they treated Him just as their fathers had done before them to all His faithful servants. They put Him to death as well!
YET, ONCE AGAIN, WHAT BETTER WAY TO EXPOSE THEIR FOLLY!
For, in spite of all their precautions to defy the prophecies concerning Him, He rose again from the dead and thus, once again and forever, far distinguished Himself above all.
Of course His is the blessed and holy Flesh, the Word Incarnate – unlike the cursed and sin-borne perishing flesh of man. Therefore, note that it was not in a different body but in the same body of nail-borne marks that He was resurrected so that Truth MAY BE VISIBLE TO ONE AND ALL.
Finally, before their very eyes, He distinguished Himself yet again by ascending in to Heaven in full public view and in the same holy Body, with the promise of returning in the like manner to gather His own.
THIS IS THE REASON THE GLIMPSE OF HEAVENLY WORSHIP SHOWS THE ‘LAMB OF GOD’ UPON HIS THRONE, LOOKING AS IF IT HAD BEEN SLAIN (Rev 5:4).
And this is why it is written, no (other) flesh or blood can either enter Heaven (1 Cor 15:50) or be found worthy to receive all worship and praise and honor and glory and power and wealth and strength but His Alone – no, no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth, only the Lamb of God who was slain for the sins of the world (Rev 5:3).
Yet, in spite of everything that the Son did in perfect obedience and submission to the Father, very unlike the unfaithful man, men continue to reject Him. They relegate Him as one among themselves and take offense that He has distinguished Himself (eg. Matt 13:54-57).
As for those who pretend to acknowledge Him, they on their part exult in self-glorification. They elevate themselves to be delegated alongside Him to usurp all glory, honor, wealth and strength due to Him. Because, theirs is the evil assumption that they are united to Him because of their gender!!!!!
For, lost to them is the spiritual connotation of the word ‘Son’ which means ‘Heir’ – the eternal All and IN ALL of the Triune God, Who is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is Spirit (Jn 4:24). As such the word ‘Son’ has absolutely no stamp of gender or bearings of the mortal flesh (eg. Matt 22:30)!
Therefore theirs is the surpassing wickedness and spiritual adultery that fail to perceive beyond the realm of flesh. Their deeds, as much as their words, have betrayed them all along (eg. Matt 7:15-16). As such their condemnation was written about since of old (Matt 12:38-43, Jude 4 etc.).
This is the reason, God gives them all over to their own delusions (Matt 13:58, 2 Thess 2:9-11, Ps 81:12).
But the question that arises here is how then can the meek and the humble, those that truly seek Him and His salvation be saved?
God has provided the ANSWER by the next manner, or the final fourth in this list, in which He revealed Himself to us:
4. By the outpouring of His Spirit upon all men.
Yes, just as was promised, after the Son of God ascended back in to Heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent upon us. So that all who truly turn to God may find Him.
For, that which the Father seeks to grant us – Salvation and Eternal Life, the Son has reinstated by demonstrating them to us, and the Holy Spirit continues to teach, remind, guarantee, equip, enrich and empower us with.
As of now, this last revelation is in its continuous tense. The Holy Spirit is here amidst us, gathering those His own, depending on whether one heeds His voice or not. He is here quenching the thirsty and satisfying the needy. He is here uncovering all things hidden and concealed by the unfaithful man. He is here refuting every lie, every deception of the Devil by teaching Truth to those who may hearken to His voice. He is here revealing and imparting new treasures of heaven and unraveling all confounding mysteries to those willing to be taught by Him. He is here guiding, directing and leading, all who may follow, by the Narrow Gate and Straight Path that leads to His eternal Kingdom.
He is here to renew us totally; to wash us and cleanse us and make us radiant and new. He is here to watch over us and counsel us. He is here to intercede for us in prayer. He is here to shower all blessings upon us and help us grow into His righteousness. He is here to sustain us and grant us all that we need. He is here to transform our ‘impossibilities’ into ‘possibilities’.
Finally, to sum them all up, He is here to prepare and ready us for the Second Glorious Coming of the Lord when He shall gather all His own, never to be separated, or oppressed by the sinful world again.
What more should God have done? Truly, just as the Word testifies, man is no longer excusable (Rom 1:20b). And, if man continues to pretend ignorance, surely it is his greater folly!!
For the only revelation that now awaits us after that penultimate revelation is the Day of His wrath.
It is the Day of His glorious Second Coming in full heavenly trappings and splendor, when indeed all men everywhere shall see Him in all His unmatched and heavenly glory and when indeed every knee shall bow down and every tongue confess that “He is Lord”! For indeed at His Second Coming which will take place high above in mid-air, every eye will see Him and all will recognize Him.
As such, if the obstinate man chooses to glory in himself and persists only in defying God and oppressing his fellow man, who can save him from the Day of His wrath? Because His Second Coming will herald in Salvation and Kingdom of God to all who belong to Him whether dead or living but Judgment and Hell or eternal damnation to all who do not, whether dead or living.
Understand that this is the Judgment of God Who reigns in Justice and Righteousness. Therefore, to be sure, His is not the superficial and vacillating court of men that has set its most obvious precedence by gaining indelible notoriety for acquitting Barabbas and condemning the Messiah! Indeed not!
This is the Judgment of God in His holy Court. And the Three that will testify for or against us are the Infallible and the perfectly Concurring Three (1 Jn 5:6-7) – the Holy Blood that was shed for us, the Holy Spirit who testifies to the Truth and the Holy Word – i.e. by every Word of God that was given to us since the beginning of time.
Therefore, let those who can hear, hear, and those who can heed, understand.
Today as you read this, understand that this is your day of salvation, your hour of reckoning!