Not So Random Thoughts 10

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.

It is true that Jesus was speaking to the Sadducees regarding the resurrection of the dead, but the same words could have been spoken regarding the true Gospel of God. The Gospel is set out with all the clarity that God intended and it is also true that He has left it up to Himself to reveal it to the inward man as He pleases. However, without the true Gospel it can be said of all that they “are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.” These are hard words since those who do not understand the Gospel with the light that God gives are condemned. It is not just an intellectual error that people make when they misunderstand the Gospel and the power of God, but it is a great moral error since they have twisted the truth of God and the Scriptures to arrive at their position. They have twisted the truth of God and arrived at a position that they approve of and like. This is to say that people want a gospel that is in accordance with their own desires.

Mistaking the Gospel is to be a mistaken person regarding the Gospel and of God. The wrath of God has been poured out on these people and has hidden Himself and the Gospel from them, or one could say that they have been turned over to a great darkness of heart and mind and they are blinded to the Gospel and the truth of God. The truth of God was evident within them but they did not like that truth and so they worked to suppress that truth. Their refusal to acknowledge God (and the Gospel of God) leads them to be given over to a depraved mind. Again, when we think of how much professing “churches” are without the true Gospel it is a judgment upon them. Professing “churches” without the true Gospel are under the judgment of God and He is giving them up to darkness and a reprobate mind rather than show them Himself and His glory.

When God hides Himself from a people, a nation, or professing “churches” He is also hiding the Gospel of God from them. It is not a minor thing or even a somewhat major thing; it is something that is a judgment regarding the most important issue. If eternal life is to know God, then when God hides Himself from a person or people He is judging them with a great judgment. If the greatest good is God Himself, then the greatest “evil” or the greatest opposite of good is to have the goodness and greatness of God hidden from us. It is true that we think of hell as the absence of God, but that is wrong. Hell is the presence of God. Hell is when a person is in the presence of the thrice holy God that s/he hated and now that God manifests Himself in wrath toward that person. What we must conclude is that to His people God manifests His true grace and love and yet hides those things from some and when they enter eternity they suffer the manifestation of His wrath and perfect justice upon them.

What we must understand and grasp is that we are utterly dependent upon the sovereign God for all things. We should seek Him and pray for Him to show us Himself and to remove our enmity and our blindness toward Him. We should seek the Lord with prayer seeking for a humble heart that receives grace and receives the true knowledge of God rather than being hardened toward God. It is up to God (the Divine Potter) to make us (the clay) and form us as He pleases. If He hardens us, He is just in doing so. He does not owe us the Gospel and He does not owe us anything but wrath. When we reject the Gospel of God we are rejecting God and the Gospel. This shows us with great clarity that we deserve a great hardening from Him who blinds us to Himself and the Gospel. We have nothing to complain of, we don’t deserve to hear the Gospel and we don’t deserve to believe the Gospel. It is all of grace.

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