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Chapter 24

Getting past man's human reasoning

 

God's twin gifts of eternal life after death and of fullness of life on earth right now, have one amazing aspect to them. They are free! They are free in the sense that they are not earned and cannot be earned. This aspect of God's provision creates many problems for the logical mind of mankind. After all, most of us believe that there is nothing free in this world. We are all well schooled in assessing the claims of various advertisers who claim to give something for nothing. Of course we know that they never do. There is always a catch somewhere! No one ever gets anything for nothing! You always have to earn it!

It is at this point that many unbelievers get stuck. So if that happens to be where you are right now, then that's O.K. This chapter should get you unstuck. The trouble you are having may be caused by your mind trying to cope with your human way of doing things, by using reasoning and logic. Remember in Chapter 21 we saw how God's ways are so different from the ways we might do things. The answer to this apparent dilemma is quite simple in principle. Talking to believers in Jesus the apostle paul says:

" For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2: 8-9.)

God's grace.

The word grace is the key word. In terms of God, grace means to be kind to someone who doesn't deserve it. It means to give a gift to someone where they have done things which would normally stop the giver from wanting to be nice. Don't we all know that type of situation from our own lives?

The thing that we as human beings have all done is to act sinfully towards God and our fellowman. But by God's grace, he sent Jesus to buy back our lives, so that we all might have eternal life and fullness of life on earth. It is sometimes said that the word grace can be said to stand for God's reward at Christ's expense. A beautiful way of saying that Jesus Christ has done everything needed to save us all from eternal death.

It is important for you to know that God's grace is not just something that unbelievers use to get to know God through Jesus. It is also a major factor in the daily life of every believer in Jesus. We could not do without it! It is only through the grace of God that each of us can come each day, confessing the sins of our lives, knowing that we will be forgiven.

God's love.

God's grace is very much connected with his love. It could be said that God's grace comes from his love. There is a verse in the bible which says that God is love. What this means is that all love comes from God. The Bible in fact says in 1 John 4 :16 :

" And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him."

This verse applies to all believers. Unbelievers need to call upon the grace of God to become believers and receive the fullness of God's love. Then they can apply all parts of the verse to themselves. Read the verse again. The next Chapter shows how to becomes a believer in Jesus Christ and be able to enjoy the love of Christ.

Rising above your reasoning.

You may be on of the fortunate one's who can simply accept what has been said in this book and in the verses of scriptures mentioned. Some readers however will find it hard to get past their mind wanting to argue against all this. What can you then do? After all this issue is the most important one everyone must face in their life sooner or later. So it is worth persevering.

Some suggestions.

  1. Your own will is the one thing that God has given you which you can use to resist or agree with anyone or anything, satan and God included. You can use your will to ride over all the claims of your mind or emotions that would prevent you from acting on this information as you see fit. Use your own will and decide.
  2. You could ask the help of an experienced Christian by getting them to pray for you. Put aside your pride. You have all your life ahead of you to benefit from a right decision.
  3. The B1ble tells us that satan and his demons attempt to blind the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot know and act on these truths. In this case you May need to combine suggestions 1 and 2.
  4. Call upon God to help you. The next paragraphs show how to do this.

Apart from one caution which will be given later in this chapter, it can be definitely said that if you earnestly seek God, you will find him. The Bible is very clear about this. Consider the following verses.

Jesus says that " and will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see they get justice, and quickly. (Luke l8:7-8)

Jesus also said in luke 11: 9-10: " So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."

Despite any difficulties you may have, it is worth all the effort you put into seeking God and finding His salvation. One of my sons took a couple of years of reading and searching before he was able to accept the truth of the bible. Others take much longer.

Some cautions.

Because the spirit world is open to the enemy of God to deceive people, care must be taken in seeking God. Satan and of his demons are only too ready to lead people away from the truth of God. You will not find the true and living God by reading about other religions, or by involving yourself in occult practices, or in the many pseudo spiritual books that are flooding the market place with their satanic lies.

The safest course of action is to get yourself connected with a church that bases all their beliefs on the Bible. Even be careful here, as some do not use the bible in the right way. Well known established Christian groups, where the people's love is obvious, are generally the best bet.

Re-reading.

If any of the chapters in this book need to be re-read, then this would be the time to do it. Earnestly seeking God can include study of this and other Christian books, talking to believers, reading the bible, praying and attending different churches. Making a decision to go God's way is the most important decision you will ever make in your life.

Remember, it is by the grace of God and by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that you now have this opportunity to become a child of God. Nothing, but nothing, should stand in your way. My prayers will be with every reader of this book, in the blessed hope that you will join the family of God.