Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The MYSTERY of UNBELIEF

 

Romans 11:33-34

King James Version

33 O the depth of the riches 

both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! 

how unsearchable are his judgments, 

and his ways past finding out!

34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? 

or who hath been his counsellor?


As I read the Bible more, I begin to know more about the ways of GOD.

Of how He can cause the following:

Isaiah 44:25-28

King James Version

25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, 

and maketh diviners mad; 

that turneth wise men backward, 

and maketh their knowledge foolish;

26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, 

and performeth the counsel of his messengers

that saith to Jerusalem, 

Thou shalt be inhabited

and to the cities of Judah, 

Ye shall be built, 

and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:

27 That saith to the deep, 

Be dry, 

and I will dry up thy rivers:

28 That saith of Cyrus, 

He is my shepherd, 

and shall perform all my pleasure

even saying to Jerusalem, 

Thou shalt be built

and to the temple, 

Thy foundation shall be laid.


And if you don't believe, God caused that, too.

Such as what He did with Israel.

Isaiah 29:10

King James Version

10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you 

the spirit of deep sleep, 

and hath closed your eyes: 

the prophets and your rulers, 

the seers hath he covered.


Isaiah 29:13-14

King James Version

13 Wherefore the Lord said, 

Forasmuch as this people draw near me 

with their mouth, 

and with their lips do honour me, 

but have removed their heart far from me, 

and their fear toward me 

is taught by the precept of men:

14 Therefore, 

behold, 

I will proceed to do a marvellous work 

among this people, 

even a marvellous work and a wonder: 

for the wisdom of their wise men 

shall perish, 

and the understanding of their prudent men 

shall be hid.


That's why, the LORD JESUS wasn't surprised when people didn't believe in Him, or in His miracles.

It's all in fulfillment of Scripture.

John 12:37-40

King James Version

37 But though 

he had done so many miracles before them, 

yet they believed not on him:

38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet 

might be fulfilled

which he spake, 

Lord, 

who hath believed our report? 

and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?

39 Therefore they could not believe, 

because that Esaias said again,

40 He hath blinded their eyes, 

and hardened their heart; 

that they should not see with their eyes, 

nor understand with their heart, 

and be converted

and I should heal them.


The "blindness" of Israel,  serves God's purpose.

Romans 11:25

King James Version

25 For I would not, 

brethren, 

that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, 

lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; 

that blindness in part is happened to Israel, 

until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.


Jew or Gentile, have gone through the process of unbelief.

Romans 11:30-31

King James Version

30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, 

yet have now obtained mercy 

through their unbelief:

31 Even so have these also now not believed, 

that through your mercy 

they also may obtain mercy.


But Scripture reveals SEVEN reasons why God PURPOSELY created TEMPORARY unbelief in man :

John 12:40

King James Version

40 He hath blinded their eyes, 

and hardened their heart; 

that they should not see with their eyes, 

nor understand with their heart, 

and be converted

and I should heal them.


Romans 11:11

King James Version

11 I say then, 

Have they stumbled that they should fall? 

God forbid: 

but rather through their fall 

salvation is come unto the Gentiles

for to provoke them to jealousy.


Romans 11:26

King James Version

26 And so all Israel shall be saved

as it is written, 

There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, 

and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:


Romans 11:27

King James Version

27 For this is my covenant unto them, 

when I shall take away their sins.


Romans 11:32

32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, 

that he might have mercy upon all.


JESUS also pointed out two reasons why man may believe in Him, but don't CONFESS Him.

John 12:42

King James Version

42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also 

many believed on him; 

but because of the Pharisees 

they did not confess him

lest they should be put out 

of the synagogue:


John 12:43

King James Version

43 For they loved the praise of men 

more than the praise of God.


How about you?

Are you a believer in JESUS?

If not, why don't you believe?

Do you want to believe?

Whatever state you're in now, is God's design.

In God's perfect time, people will believe. 

For everything serves His purpose.

Plus, God knows WHO are HIS.

2 Timothy 2:19

King James Version

19 Nevertheless 

the foundation of God 

standeth sure

having this seal, 

The Lord knoweth them 

that are his

And, 

let every one 

that nameth the name of Christ 

depart from iniquity.


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