Wednesday, 21 May 2014

BIBLICAL VIEW ABOUT SALVATION IN CHRIST PART 2



If you have not read PART 1 of this series kindly click on the link below so that you can flow along with me.




“AND I AM SURE THAT THE KING OF EGYPT WILL NOT LET YOU GO,
NO, NOT BY A MIGHTY HAND.“ Exodus 3:19

Why will God made that statement concerning Pharaoh?

God knew he was naturally stubborn, pompous, arrogant and proud. He demonstrated this when he told Moses in Exodus 5:2

“AND PHARAOH SAID, WHO IS THE LORD, THAT I SHOULD OBEY HIS VOICE TO LET ISRAEL GO? I KNOW NOT THE LORD, NEITHER WILL I LET ISRAEL GO.”

Hope you can see his overblown arrogance from the verse above? Did God give him an opportunity to repent? Sure He did.

“Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou SEE WHAT I WILL DO TO PHARAOH: for WITH A STRONG HAND SHALL HE LET THEM GO, AND WITH A STRONG HAND SHALL HE DRIVE THEM OUT OF HIS LAND.” Exodus  6:1

God was ready to show forth His power that might persuade Pharaoh to repentance. All the plagues that came on Egypt were the acts of God to show His supremacy over Pharaoh and his gods. At the fourth plague, his magicians acknowledged the hand of God.

“And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.  THEN THE MAGICIANS SAID UNTO PHARAOH, THIS IS THE FINGER OF GOD: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said. “Exodus 8:18-19

Did he see the acts of God?

Yes, he did.

Did he repent?

No, he didn’t.

Are many seeing the acts of God today?

Yes, they are.

But are they repenting?

Few.

It took the killing of the first born sons of the Egyptians before Pharaoh allowed them to go.

But what did he do after they left?

He mobilized his army to go and bring them back.

“AND IT WAS TOLD THE KING OF EGYPT THAT THE PEOPLE FLED: AND THE HEART OF PHARAOH AND OF HIS SERVANTS WAS TURNED AGAINST THE PEOPLE, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?  And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:  And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.”  Exodus 14:5-7

Was it God that turned their hearts?

No. It was a choice they made. Verse 8 of that place now said,

 “And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt …” Exodus 14:8

This came after he made up his mind to pursue God’s people. That hardening means the Lord encouraged, strengthened, emboldened. It’s like God saying, since you have decided not to repent let me leave you alone to do what will lead to your destruction.

What is the meaning of God’s Sovereignty that many misconstrue today.The word SOVEREIGNTY MEANS ABSOLUTE CONTROL OR THE POWER OF TOTAL CONTROL. I want to take you deep into an apostolic teaching and not just mere logo some are very proud of.

God has absolute control over all creation but He gave man dominion over the earth.

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, AND SUBDUE IT: AND HAVE DOMINION over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
Gen 1:28

God is not a bossy God or one that must have His way by fire by force. He made all things and gave them a freewill (THE ABILITY TO MAKE CHOICES).Even the angels of God were not robots or forced to obey God. They have the ability to make choices.

God is love. WHEN LOVE IS FORCED IT NEGATES THE DIVINE UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLE OF LOVE. That is why you can’t force a lady to love you as a man vice versa. And if by any means you were able to coerce the lady to love you it will not be true love again. GOD IS LOVE AND HE WANTS US TO SERVE HIM IN LOVE NOT IN FEAR.

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. GOD IS LOVE; and HE THAT DWELLETH IN LOVE DWELLETH IN GOD, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16

This is the basic truth. When you are truly saved, you are not coerced to serve God; you serve Him because you love Him. I serve Him not because of what He can do for me, but because I love Him. When you truly love God, you don’t have that negative fear about God. You are awed of who He is. That is why in 1 John 4:18,it says,

“ THERE IS NO FEAR IN LOVE; BUT PERFECT LOVE CASTETH OUT FEAR: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”  1 John 4:18

So the sovereignty of God is the one of love and not the one of a tyranny or a dictator. We must flow in His love constantly and not abuse it for selfish gains.

“WHAT SHALL WE SAY THEN? SHALL WE CONTINUE IN SIN, THAT GRACE MAY ABOUND?” Romans 6:1

 The angels of God knew about His sovereignty and that was why satan could rebel against God. Isaiah 14:12-14. He was also able to persuade other mighty and low angels to join in his rebellion against God. The Bible told us one third of the angels followed him. Revelation 12:3

They exercised their free wills even though it was against God’s will. It was a choice they made and the devil never forced them but they made the conscious effort to rebel against God. IF SUCH BEINGS WHO WERE IN HIS PRESENCE DAILY COULD REBEL AGAINST GOD, HOW MUCH MORE HUMAN BEINGS WHO HAVEN’T SEEN HIM OR EXPERIENCED HIS AWESOME PRESENCE.

The angels were kind of saved so to speak but voluntarily decided to throw it all away in order to be independent. satan only wanted independence and sole worship from the other angels. He knew very well there was no way he could defeat God. It was absurd. To overthrow His Creator, not in infinite light years.

We see that God sovereignty is imbedded in love and HE DOES NOT CONTROL ANYONE AGAINST THEIR PERFECT WILL. Everyone makes choices. WE ARE FREE TO MAKE CHOICES BUT WE ARE NOT FREE FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF SUCH CHOICES. The universe has been programmed to run by cost and effect principle. This is called the LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING.

WATCH OUT FOR PART 2. Like I said, it’s going to be one long series. God help us all.






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