May 13, 2011
John 6:68 ‘Thou hast the words of eternal life.”
How can a man face death without God? Has man no fear of death? Is man so sure of himself that there is no fear or concern? Is he in a hardened, deceived state?
Is he truly unconcerned? Does he not seek to convince himself that he is ready to die? Does not his pride drive him to compare himself with others in a favorable light? Does he not proclaim his own righteousness in order to shore up his soul? Is he not whistling in the dark to feign courage?
The “world” or eternity is in his heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11). God has put it there. There is deep within everyman the knowledge of God (Romans 1:19,20) This is the reality in spite of his attempts to suppress it (Romans 1:18).
The question is how shall we get men to face the truth? We cannot coerce them. Even God, the Holy Spirit, does not override their will.
We warn them, plead with them, preach to them, love them, be gentle towards them, do good to them as Jesus did. Some will continue to mock, others will go away to think about it, but some will believe (Acts 17:32-34).
In all of this w must rely upon the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. God’s Word is a piercing sword, the hammer that breaks the hard rock, and a light that illuminates men’s hearts and the truth so that men will have to face their need and the gospel.
They then will either receive it or reject it. God has ordained the response is theirs.