There IS an Eternal Decision

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways and gracious in all His acts. The Lord is near all who call out to Him, all who call out to Him with integrity. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry for help and saves them. The Lord guards all those who love Him, but He destroys all the wicked. My mouth will declare Yahweh’s praise; let every living thing praise His holy name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:17-21 HCSB.

I must admit the ignorance of my understanding concerning the God of this universe. My knowledge of this magnificent and timeless Being is limited to the brief 74 years my life has spanned on this earth He created. How can anyone claim understanding of God who formed everyone in their mother’s womb and named them as well? The answer is simple; we cannot know Him beyond the knowledge He provides in His written and Holy Spirit-inspired Text. “The Lord is righteous in all His ways and gracious in all His acts.” What we do know is the result of His righteousness and grace extended to everyone who believes and trusts in Him, “But God, being rich in mercy because of His great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you are saved! — and he raised us up together with him and seated us together with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works so that no one can boast. For we are his creative work, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we can do them.” Ephesians 2:4-10 NET2. 

Everything I know of Him is based upon two things, and the second comes directly from the first, “faith and experience.” The faith I have in Him is His gift extended to me before I was born and then received before I expressed it. But here is where life for everyone can become difficult. Everyone who breathes will come to a crossroads, a dividing place in life; a time of decision. Christ will reveal Himself in the Person of the Holy Spirit “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.” John 16:8-11 NASB. At this moment and at that place everyone will make a decision to know Him as Savior and Lord or to deny Him. This is an eternal decision.

What have you done, what will you do? Jesus said this to a man named Nicodemus, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;  so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:14-18 NASB.

Jesus is Lord

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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