“Are You Truly Seeking God?”

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The Bible is full of difficult sayings. Some are more challenging than others. Either way, such knotty portions from God’s Word can be unraveled with patient and prayerful study, allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture, while being illumined by the Holy Spirit. 

Otherwise, those who ignore the counsel above may receive this due penalty:  “and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:15-16; cf. Philippians 3:13). Firstly, let us consider just a few of the "less difficult" sayings which apply to the Christian … verses which show that the normal Christian life is to be one of complete dependence upon the enabling grace of Almighty God --  1 Peter 1:13, “set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” and Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Both verses teach us that the “normal” Christian life is a life consecrated to our Lord 24/7/365.  It is a life lived by grace alone, while we aim for God’s perfect standard. We learn elsewhere in Scripture that our lives before God are to be lived with the full awareness that God is actively at work in us to pursue such ends, knowing full well that such a pursuit will prove out our own salvation and bring glory to God:  “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13; cf. 1 Corinthians 10:31). Secondly, let’s consider two of the "more difficult" sayings in Scripture, however, notice that these verses apply to the unbeliever:  “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6), and  “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD” (Romans 3:10-11). These texts teach explicitly that an unsaved man will never seek God on his own (1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:18), yet, he must seek God in order to have his sins forever pardoned (Isaiah 55:7). This is what God meant when He said, “you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13; cf. Romans 10:13). Yet, Scripture also reveals that it is God who seeks us first (Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 12:2), so that we might earnestly seek Him (Luke 19:1-10). Finally, we read our Lord’s familiar words in Matthew 7:7-8, “…seek, and you will find...and the one who seeks finds....” How shall we explain these seeming contradictions to both the carnal critic and the anxious inquirer? We must first ask them to read Romans 9:20: “who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this,’ will it?” Then, we must tell them to seek the Lord at once! Yes, we must compassionately tell them that they must repent and believe in Christ today, without delay (Acts 16:31; Hosea 5:15)! This is why Paul said, “NOW is the acceptable time, behold, NOW is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)!! Succinctly said another way by Dr. John Gerstner, "When men have been convicted by the Spirit of God, and are not hardened, nor neutral, not holding back at one point or another, then they are true seekers. They are those who are determined to find the God who has stirred them up to seek him." Are you a true seeker? If so, then you will find eternal life. So, seek Him and find! Trust Him where you are right now! Then, go to a Bible-teaching church tomorrow, because “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).

 

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