Not So Random Thoughts 9

Matthew 22: 29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 “But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB ‘? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

The Gospel has seemingly been lost in our day as men have been turned over to hardened hearts as they have suppressed the truth of God in unrighteousness. The Gospel has seemingly been lost because we are under the judgment of God. The Gospel is a great blessing and the removal of it is a great curse. A nation that is turning to sin is a nation that has been turned over to that sin. For example, as we look at Romans 1:18-32, what we see is that the sin itself is a judgment. It is not that homosexuals will be judged, though indeed they will, but their homosexuality is itself a sin and their blindness and hard hearts to call it for what it is (sin) is itself a judgment.

We can see what happens when those who espouse a bold homosexual way of life encounter the Gospel. They hate it and they fight against it. This is part of their judgment in that they are turned away from the Gospel and the truth of God more and more. But lest we point our fingers at one group, this is true of those who are legalists and all sorts of things that oppose the Gospel. I argue that Arminians that hate the sovereignty of God are opposing the true Gospel of grace alone as well. A strong opposition to sovereignty is really a strong opposition to the Gospel of grace alone and a strong opposition to the true God. The Arminian wants to leave man an island of independence and an island of “free-will” so that man can be in charge and simply make a decision. However, this is turning from the Gospel of grace alone and total dependence upon God to save as He pleases and when He pleases. It leaves all things in the hands of man who can dispense grace to himself when he pleases.

In the Reformation there was a turning back to the sovereignty of God and His grace rather than the man-centered theology and ways of Roman Catholicism. There was a great amount of darkness surrounding the truth of the character of God and of the Gospel of grace alone in that time. Men had been at work twisting and twisting at the Gospel until it was not a Gospel at all. They twisted at the Gospel until it fit their own desires and left salvation in the hands of men rather than of God. The wrath of God was revealed before the Reformation in hiding the truth from men as they suppressed the truth of God and His Gospel in unrighteousness.

What did it take for a Reformation to take place? It took God working at His mere pleasure and for His own glory to do so. He raised up men before Luther and then sent Luther into the world. He revealed the Gospel to Luther and Luther was then ready to die for it. Luther preached the Gospel and the whole world was changed, though indeed it was God and His Gospel that changed the world and not Luther. God used Luther as a mouthpiece. As long as men look to men and their wills to do what needs to be done, we will be in bondage and under the judgment of the Gospel being hidden to us. As long as we preach and teach men that it is up to their so-called choice to be saved, the Gospel will be hidden and we will be under judgment. It is not good news to those who see and feel their own inability that it is all up to them, but instead it is good news that God can save sinners despite themselves and their inability. God saves by His own will, power, and for His own glory.

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