Monday, October 19, 2009

Round and Round We Go!

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One of the things we need to question in our evangelical quest to “save as many souls as possible before all hell breaks loose" is, who, how and why.

But I keep going back to what Jesus Christ said about himself and the Father. “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.” John 6:65.

Well, that’s fine and dandy, except, what if the Father never calls this person? What do we do then? I suppose we tell them “Tough luck kid, I guess you’re going to be punished in hell for the next zillion years even though you didn’t have a chance to begin with!”

That doesn’t seem to be fair, especially from a loving God and for such a short, miserable life this person had. And how would we ever know if God is calling them later or not? Should we give up? Try to save them ourselves? Wait on the Lord as some would say? (Waiting is not a bad idea by the way)

But we are still in panic mode trying our best and hope to God all these otherwise nice people don’t go to hell.

What work we do! What love for these people we must have! What commitment, zeal…and full of ourselves! What a waste of time! And God seems to be doing absolutely nothing unless we act!

Seems foolish to me, considering how weak and broken I am. So I am reminded of the foolishness of God which is still far wiser than mans wisdom. 1Cor. 1:25 Maybe we are missing something here.

Because yet another verse, which seems to contradict the first one, says, “No one can come unto the Father except through [Jesus]”. John 14:6

Stop the car! Pull over! Let’s pull this map out and read it again! First, we can’t go to Jesus unless the Father draws us to him, and we cannot go to the Father except through Jesus, whom we cannot go to unless the Father, (which we cannot access without Jesus) draws us to Jesus!! What gives?




If the only way we can access the Father is through Jesus and the only way we can access Jesus is from the Father invitation, then we can only assume we are already in contact with both, Father and Son! How? By the Holy Spirit that was sent by the Father through the Son!! NOW we see the connection! Because the Holy Spirit was sent to earth (and by default, to humanity) by Jesus, we are complete in Jesus if you understand that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity as God, (Emanuel; God with us). This was done already a long time ago! There is nothing we can do! If we try to save people thinking they have no access, then we are bypassing what Jesus AND the Father AND the Holy Spirit has done already! We were not told that we can come to Jesus through evangelism, though by evangelism, we come into the knowledge of our existence in Christ.

Either we are already in Jesus because of what they did, or there is absolutely no hope for humanity: saints and sinners!

Now what is the evangelist to do? Or have we misunderstood what we are to do? We think we are called to save souls. Well, to a certain limit, yes, but for what, and for whom? It isn’t a matter of saving people from, but for. Isn’t our main priority to announce the Good News of God’s Kingdom which, if I’m not too far mistaken, Jesus is King of right now? If Jesus is the King of a Kingdom, then we can only assume there are subjects (citizens) of that Kingdom. And Jesus’ Kingdom includes all of humanity. So the real question is, what are we “saving” them, or better yet, leading to them understanding, for?

All we are called to do is to announce the Good News of this Kingdom and teaching all nations (peoples, who are already a part of this Kingdom) to observe and learn their role in this Kingdom! And to help people see who Jesus is, who they are in Jesus, and to help them receive (not get) the understanding (via Holy Spirit) and accept the “already done” into their daily lives.

Either we are going round and round trying to save people (just in case Jesus missed a few), or God has already resolved this circular puzzle.

May this circle be unbroken.

“Lord, please open our eyes to your Kingdom already at hand”

2 comments:

  1. Yup...here we go again...around and around and around. You wrote "We were not told that we can come to Jesus through evangelism, though by evangelism, we come into the knowledge of our existence in Christ." Knowledge alone will never bring one into a right relationship with Jesus. The demons believe and tremble but they certainly aren't on board. Folks are NOT "in Jesus" until He adopts them individually but rather they are dead in spirit until Jesus and the Father call them individually. We as adopted sons have been given the privilege of being a part of that process. If it were not for that job we have of evangelism we might as well take up our harps and go on to live happily ever beyond this earthly realm.

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  2. I agree with you in that knowledge alone is not what builds relationships. As you said, even Satan knows.

    But without that knowledge, there is no understanding (not that knowledge alone makes understanding).

    The point of this article is to say that we cannot save anyone outside of Christ, and since you cannot come to Christ without the Father, nor can you come to the Father without Christ, then our attempts are moot.

    So you have to be at least touched by God before you can know God. And it is not our evangelism that causes God to do anything. It is God who does the work, we participate by our evangelism, that is, giving them the good news of their being touched by God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

    Again, that still does not mean they will participate or live in that reality of who and what they are in Chirst. But their lack of belief does not negate what Christ has done for humanity. Christ did what he did without our knowledge or understanding. It was by evangelism, by the "gospel" that we got the good news of what he did, so therefore, we believed and started living our reality in Christ.

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