But since I have had that same conclusion tossed my way so frequently, by now I am ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within me.
Some Jews similarly condemned Jesus to a stoning death because, in their own words, He, a man made Himself God – and those Jews were not without a good level of human intelligence, but made nothing of the works Jesus did that even they stated could only be done by God – just like some who do not listen well in spite of intelligence.
After Jesus was resurrected proving He was who He claimed to be, He said very clearly that if anyone (that includes me) would open his door at hearing Him knock, He would come in and sup with him. I heard His knock on my door years ago and with tears in my eyes I flung open my door and begged Him to come in. However, since I was professing 2x2ism at that very time, I had very little faith and could not put my finger on any particular sign that Jesus had kept His promise. And on top of that, within days I began to have serious doubts about workers being the ‘servants of God’ that they claimed to be. In fact in a short time I was so troubled about the workers’ messages that I chose to stop attending their meetings and stick to God’s word alone. That means I was no longer professing 2x2ism. Now I did not expect that if Jesus came through my opened door as He promised, I should be experiencing such great inner turmoil. It took a while for me to pay attention to the fact that if not for Jesus supping with me I would hardly have had cause to doubt the workers were the ‘servants of God’ that they claimed to be – the turmoil inside me was not created within me by me. It was created in me by reading God’s word which in many cases completely contradicted the workers’ messages. And before I stopped attending their meetings I realized that workers contradicted themselves and each other, not just God’s word.
Many years later with Jesus still supping with me, He showed me that He could be depended upon completely to keep every promise God made in His word – He is God and God does not lie.
So, if you go back now and read my other two posts you might now notice that I clearly stated that my love towards my neighbor is “only in Christ” – it is not MY love, but His love. And you might notice that I stated that before God opened my eyes, I was very selfish in complete demonstration of corrupted human nature that we all share on this planet.
I also stated very clearly that I completely depend upon God’s promise that He who started a good work in me would complete His work in me. I will eventually be changed from what I am today into the image of God’s only Son (Jesus Christ). And what many have concluded is “arrogance” in me or “self assurance” is, to my best estimation, a result of their disbelief of God’s promises. I completely depend upon God to keep His every promise – some who look close enough will see that dependence is what “faith” means. And I also indicated that my faith in God is not mine, but is, according to God’s word, a gift from God just as much a gift as His gift of eternal life – I rest in His word, not human reasoning.
So, whether you still think me to be arrogant or self assured after taking a second and more careful read of my posts, suit yourself – I will still depend completely upon God’s promises as if they have ALL already taken place – my assurance is that it was God who opened my eyes, not me.
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