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IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD

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           In  Ecclesiastes 3:13 we read: “And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God”.

            Picture a man and his wife sitting on their front porch on a Sunday morning.  They are enjoying some wine.  They have not seen the inside of a church since they were married.  It is important to see that God is not displeased with them.  As we look at Ecclesiastes it is quite obvious that what they are experiencing is really God’s idea.  In fact, as He watches them it gives Him pleasure to observe them.  They are not breaking a single Biblical law.  There is no law that says they have to be in church on Sunday morning and as for the wine the Bible only says, ‘not too much”.  Also, they are very faithful to each other and like it that way.

            What then is God’s desire for them.  To bring them to a closer walk and knowledge of Himself.  He wants them to know Him so that He can bring them to a higher level of joy.  Most of all His greatest desire for them is to give to them eternal life and everlasting joy.  But they will never come to this point until He begins His work as the great Lord of the harvest.

            One day the neighbor meets the husband at the local grocery store and invites him and his wife to a church social.  The couple hears the gospel and realizes that it would be good to come on Sunday morning.  As time goes on they attend regularly, not because they have to but they feel it’s the right thing to do.  In time he joins the men’s Saturday morning Bible class, finding that although he would rather be with his drinking buddies he is here simply because it is the thing he should do.  There are many other things they rather like but feel they need to give up.  I fact, the more they read the Bible the more changes they see they must make, some that they would rather not do.  But they are headed for everlasting bliss and joy which God intended in the first place and they understand this.  Also, they don’t really want to go back to the old llife.

            There is one more thing that somewhat troubles them and that is the battle.  They wonder if they are quite normal until another couple points out that this is to be expected. They are taken carefully through Romans 7, especially 18 through 23.  When they ask why they did not have the problem before, they are taken to Ephesians 2:3.  They are shown that in the past there was no conflict between the mind and the flesh or lower nature.  Where before the world, the flesh and the devil were accepted as friends; now they are enemies,

            Here is the difference between God and Satan.  The goal of God is to give eternal joy.  Jesus Christ not only said: “No man comes to the Father but by Me”.  He also said: “I am the Truth”.  This includes telling the whole truth about how to get to heaven.  Nothing is glossed over.  Satan, on the other hand has one goal; to bring people to everlasting torment in hell.  To do so he will make the road seem easy and pleasant.  And so will his servants (often unwittingly).  Usually they are the new agers and the liberal Christians.  I think most of us have heard someone say “The God I serve  makes no demands” or “I do not fear God; I love Him”.  These are the things the man and woman will be told.  They will also tell them to forget the rules and to enjoy life.  Very likely their lives will be ruined (even in this life) and they will enter a Christless eternity.  But they will insist that those who truly showed them love is Satan and his cohorts.  After all he made no demands and lets them really enjoy life. 

            We must remember one thing: the choice is theirs: II Thessalonians 2:9-12.

.In Galatians 4:16 we see Paul experienced the same where he writes: “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth”?  If one tells the truth Satan will always present him as the enemy.

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Written by biblestruth

April 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Posted in scripture

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