Response of the Heart

It has been said of Bible truth that there needs be more than one ‘witness’ or proof to corroborate a supposition put forth regarding biblical text. In an earlier post, Don’t Pray For The Lost, I make the claim that there are people living today who simply cannot respond to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

Throughout the Bible we find that God does have written records concerning human beings on this earth, our names and our deeds, for by which we will be judged. However, there is a thread of understanding that God has a ‘Book of Life’ with names in it, and that book ultimately determines who will experience eternal life, and who will experience eternal damnation! The idea smacks of predestination.

From Moses through Revelation there is mention of God’s book of life. I had posited in that earlier post that there are (3) three classes of people, beginning with the idea that ALL potentially ‘saved’ individuals have their names written in the book even before they were born! Only by the criteria Jesus Christ possesses can/and are they scratched out of his book (Revelation  3:5). However, there is a third class that “…never had their names written in the Lamb’s book of life from the foundation of the world!” (Revelation 13:8) Interesting, eh?

This would mean a group of people who individually and collectively cannot respond to the Gospel message so as to be saved. It’s impossible for them to do so! Here’s an interesting proof text. In this situation the Word of God is being sown (thrown out there) landing upon various types of soils representing the hearts of those who hear:

Luke 8:12 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)

12 and those beside the way are those hearing, then cometh the Devil, and taketh up the word from their heart, lest having believed, they may be saved. (courtesy of Biblegateway.com)

Other translations offer similar language, these folks may hear the Word of God preached, but that is as far as it goes! In this class of individuals, people cannot break away from being in this group, in the same regard that their names have never been written in God’s Book of Life! Considering the parable of the Wheat and Tares, these plants live side by side each other in the field, but are not the same thing. What do these growing things have in common? They utilize sunlight, photosynthesis, suck up nutrients and process those, demonstrate similar biology, cell growth, etc. but are entirely different plants. In the parable, the good wheat comes from God, the weeds come from the devil, they are his children. Therefore, if you hear the gospel message of Jesus Christ and your heart is ‘tugged’ so as for you to believe it, repent and believe, make a course change to your life, and know that you are not a tare! If all I’ve written here simply goes over your head, well, …

I welcome your comments and insights…

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