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Making the Choice!
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
The Bible was designed by God and executed by the Holy Spirit enlisting men to write it down. The messages from God or “prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Petr 1:21). “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Tim 3:16). God “spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of ...David” (Acts 4:25).
The design of the Bible is interesting. It is written in a rather scrambled fashion - that means that the chronology is seldom straight forward and the events are not necessarily in sequence. The reason for this is that it is not only a factual book. It requires a choice from the reader or listener: to accept or reject God and his Word. All God’s creatures, namely the angels and human beings have this free choice. For example,
In heaven the angel, Lucifer chose to rebel against his Creator. In Ezek 28:12-17 we read, “you were anointed as a guardian cherub.... Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth”. “And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him” (Rev 12:7-9). The devil, an eternal spirit being, is used to give humans the opportunity to choose. His character is directly opposed to God’s. Men can clearly distinguish, and choose.
Adam and Eve were allowed to choose to obey or to reject God’s instruction. In Gen 2:16-17 the Almighty says “you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” The serpent opposes God’s word directly in Gen 3:4 by saying, “You will not surely die”. Adam and Eve have the opportunity to choose whom they will believe!
Cain and Abel were free to choose what they sacrificed to God. Abel chose to do it according to God’s pattern (killing a lamb which pointed to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross). Cain chose to reject God’s way and follow his own human idea (a bloodless sacrifice of fruit) - Gen 4:3-5.
Abraham could choose to sacrifice his son Isaac as a pattern of God who would sacrifice his Son, Jesus Christ, in ages to come - Gen 22:2-18.
Moses had the choice to obey God’s call to lead the Israelites out of slavery under Pharaoh, as a pattern of Jesus Christ who would bring people out from under the slavery of satan - Ex 3:1-4:17.
Even Jesus could choose in the Garden of Gethsemane to obey his Father and die for the world’s sin. He said, “Father.... Not as I will, but as you will” (Matt 26:39).
Some of Jesus’ disciples chose to leave Him because His teaching was too hard for them. “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:60, 66).
Right through history there was a choice, for or against God’s Word. There is no neutrality. And that includes all people, also those without Bibles. The latter choose “since what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Rom 1:19-20). This means that even the atheist knows about God. That is probably why they have an organization to convince them that what they know to be real, is not real. It is fruitless reasoning.
God’s salvation is not a forced thing. Anyone can choose to be a part of His kingdom, and to submit to His Lordship. Anyone can choose to believe the Bible. Anyone can reject the Bible. It’s your choice!
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