Idolators’ Fading Chance For Freedom

June 27, 2013

God’s Word repeatedly exhorts us to turn from idols to the true and living God. For as Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:21) The heart, which glances at, or hears of, a particular treasure, and then lets itself become enticed by it, follows that treasure, even like one “being led to the slaughter.” (Pr. 7:22) For if not quickly recognized and repented of, the treasure becomes an idol, powerful and cruel, and the heart has become entombed.

If a person hears about the Gospel, yet hardens his heart to it and does not repent, that person has chosen to remain imprisoned in the evil realm, and his leader and father remains the devil. (John 8:44 // 1 John 3:8 & 5:19) Why would anyone want this? Why would anyone not want to be saved from such a loathsome and cruel king? Our loving Creator, through Christ Jesus, has given the world His Spirit –He who brings conviction of guilt to the world’s inhabitants in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement. (John 16:8) The Beautiful News proclaims that “because the prince of this world now stands condemned” (v. 11), anyone who believes is set free. (Rom. 7:23-25 // Gal. 5:1 // Col. 1:13,14) Why would anyone not want to be set free? For in this freedom, we are released from all sin, all idols, and all that is evil.

But, sadly, many do not want to be set free. Not from sin, idols, or evil. Instead they love to wallow in these things, and actually have an insatiable craving to carry out the devil’s desires. (John 8:44) Surely “the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers.” (2 Cor. 4:4) Indeed they have lost their good sense (1 Cor. 15:34 // 2 Tim. 2:26a) and are prisoners of sin (Gal. 3:22) and “of the devil who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Tim. 2:26b) For “the whole world is under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19) and there is no other salvation except in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12) and in entering into union with Him through faith and the pledge of holiness. (John 3:3-8 // 1 Peter 3:21)

What happens to people when they refuse to heed the Truth and turn from wickedness? They begin to lose their discernment. (Eph. 4:17,18) Thus they continue their slide away from God (v. 18), becoming more undiscerning so that, as punishment to them, God Himself brings them a powerful delusion so that they will become entrenched in the devil’s Lie. (2 Thes. 2:10-12) Because they suppress the Truth by their wickedness (Rom. 1:18), God pours out His wrath on them and banishes them to eternal punishment. (same verse // Matt. 25:46 // Col. 3:5,6)

But it’s so unnecessary. For there is the Glorious Freedom which has been made available to everyone. And because God is compassionate and doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9), He remains patient (same verse), sending to sinners His ambassadors, filled with His own Spirit, who will proclaim the Truth to them again, and who will plead with Him to intervene with His mercy and keep them from perishing in their rebellion. (Pr. 24:11,12 // Isa. 49:8,9 // 2 Cor. 5:18-20)

However, if they refuse to repent, they will not be forced to reconcile with God. He will go to great lengths to persuade them, but the choice remains theirs.

with love,

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