Thursday, September 11, 2014
Here is God’s wonderful provision for salvation and its rejection in the same verse:
"For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
'In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.'
But you were unwilling." (Isaiah 30:15)
"The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts." (Revelation 9:20-21)
People do not repent even though judgment happens on the earth.
Here is a means to get people to repent:
"Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will." (II Timothy 2:23-26)
Here is another means of getting repentance:
"Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh." (Jude 21-23)