God Draws Pursuers Of Truth To Christ
January 23, 2014
Anyone, including those who are wicked, can make choices to do good. They can have genuine love in their hearts for others, and they can work charitably, even sacrificially, for the benefit of others. But, in spite of this fact, there is a doctrine within “Christianity” which teaches that those who are not born of God are so completely depraved that they cannot do anything good without having selfish motives, and that they are too dead spiritually to make the choice to seek God, His Truth, or His ways. But is this what God’s Word teaches? It does not. Instead it teaches that through the work of Jesus Christ everyone has been invited –and enabled– to choose the Truth that counsels righteousness and leads to salvation. (John 12:32 // 2 Cor. 5:18-21)
In Romans chapter 2 we are taught that God’s judgement of us –whether we are righteous or evil in His sight– is based upon whether or not we have obeyed His moral law, that law which He has written upon the consciences of everyone. Those who have heeded their sensitive consciences are those who have considered the Creator and conducted themselves with an appropriate fear of Him. Such people are those who are much more attune to God’s voice and His invitation to seek Him.
Many, however, due to the overwhelming distractions of the world, turn back from their search for God and go on to other things. (Mark 4:16-19) Some, though, continue seeking. By allowing the “requirements of the law [which] are written on their hearts” (Rom. 2:15) to accuse and defend them (same verse), these “persistent ones” (see v. 7) discipline themselves to “live by the Truth” (see John 3:21) –the revelation of Truth which they so-far have attained. (Mark 4:24,25) Calling out to God, the Lord listens, and if they continue seeking whole-heartedly, God promises to assist them in finding Him. (Jer. 29:12-14) As Jesus says in John 3:21, “But whoever lives by the Truth comes into the Light.”
Jesus is this Light. Jesus is the Light of the world which God gave to the world so that “whosoever will” might turn from their evil ways and from the powers of darkness, receive forgiveness and sanctification (Acts 26:18), and be delivered to walk in Life. (John 1:4 & 3:14-21) But to receive and abide in this Light (Life), Jesus must be believed, trusted in, and followed. (8:12 & 12:46) He must be one’s Leader / Shepherd / Controller / God. (John 10:27-30 // Rom. 8:9,14) If Christ remains this in one’s heart and life, then that person is secure eternally. (John 10:27-30) But, if a person disobeys Christ / turns from Christ, such a lawless one will fall from that otherwise secure position. (2 Peter 3:17) Remaining in the Light (Jesus who is Eternal Life –1 John 5:20) is most definitely required (John 15:1-10), and this position comes by putting God’s Word, will, and moral law into practice. (Mt. 7:21 & 19:17 // Luke 8:21) Breaking these, on the other hand, brings condemnation (John 5:29), no matter what position a person claims to be in. (Rom. 2:27 // Titus 1:16 // 1 John 2:3,4)
So, when people are genuinely seeking God, they are also seeking to live by the Truth He has been showing them. Consequently, they will come to Christ, for as Jesus says, “It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to Me.” (John 6:45) So we see that if a person seeks God genuinely, he will find Him, he will listen to Him, and he will have Christ Jesus revealed to him. The Father will always point listeners to His Son (–He who stands at the door [of our hearts] knocking –Rev. 3:20) as the Way to be pardoned and set free from evil-doing so that we can have that intimate fellowship with Him that is required. (Luke 13:22-28)
But at this point there is another choice required: To accept the Son or to reject Him. To accept Him means to accept all who He is (God in bodily form, Savior, Boss, etc.) and to accept, and put into practice, all that He commands and stands for: Love, justice, humility, self-control, peace, etc. –In other words, all that Righteousness entails. If a person accepts Christ and proves his pledge genuine, then the Father will give that person to Christ (John 6:37), that person will come to Christ (same verse), and thus the Spirit of the Father and of the Son will come into that person, unite with him in spirit, make his body a temple, and abide there in fellowship. (14:23 // Acts 5:32 // 1 Cor. 6:17,19)
However, if a person rejects the Son as “the Way and the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6), then that rejector has also chosen to reject God and eternal life. (1 John 5:11,12) Because he has rejected the powerful, patient, wooing love and work of the Father (John 6:40,44) and that of the Son (12:32), the Rejector has shown contempt toward God’s grace (Rom. 2:4 // 2 Peter 3:9) and must be condemned. (John 3:16-18)
Choices are faced all along life’s way. But to choose, early on, to abide by the law which God has written upon every person’s conscience, will, if followed diligently, cause a person to live by the Truth, to seek God increasingly, to find the Savior, to walk in the Light, and to inherit eternal life.