Archive for May 9, 2014
“‘I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest,’ declares the LORD GOD.
‘I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with judgment.'” Ezekiel 34:15-16 (NASB)
The nature of God is to seek and save sinners. From the opening pages of human history, it was God who sought the fallen couple in the garden…. The Almighty was portrayed as Savior throughout the Old Testament (Psalm 106:21; Isaiah 43:11; Hosea 13:4), so it is appropriate that when Christ entered the world of men as God in human flesh, He was known first of all as a Savior.
Even His name was divinely chosen to be the name of a Savior. An angel told Joseph in a dream, “You shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The very heart of all redemptive teaching is that Jesus entered this world on a search-and-rescue mission for sinners. That truth is what characterizes the gospel as good news.
But it is good news only for those who perceive themselves as sinners. The unequivocal teaching of Jesus is that those who will not acknowledge and repent of their sin are beyond the reach of saving grace. All are sinners, but not all are willing to admit their depravity (cf. Matthew 11:19). Those who will not can know Him only as Judge.
John F. MacArthur, Jr.
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched–where ‘Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched–where ‘Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell–where ‘Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’
For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.
Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”
Mark 9:42-50 (NKJV)