Posted by: SandreS | January 23, 2010

Faith and the Unbeliever

Christendom has made death the end of God’s grace and mercy.

Yet God will bring His entire creation to the place of faith, in His Own good time and way. All eventually will be brought to belief by their Creator, although not all in this lifetime. Not all will be saved by pure “faith” – it will take “sight” for some to believe. Two great examples of this readily came to mind. “Doubting Thomas” was one.

Thomas

The other disciples therefore said unto him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said unto them, ‘Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe’ (John 20:25).

To which Jesus Christ responded:

Then said He to Thomas, ‘Reach here your finger, and behold My hands; and reach here your hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing.’ And Thomas answered and said unto Him, ‘My Lord and my God.’ Jesus said unto him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed: blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed’ (John 20:27-29).

Paul

The other great example that comes readily to mind is our own Apostle, Paul.

Paul (Saul) met the resurrected Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, and there called Him “Lord” (Acts 9:6). This was all the grand work of God in reaching Paul.

Paul did not believe by simple faith. Rather, it took the dramatic “Damascus Road experience” to bring him to Christ.

During the Dispensation of Grace

Jesus said that Thomas believed by sight. “Because you have seen Me, you have believed.” Then He goes on to say, “blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed.”

Those of us today who believe by simple faith are the Firstfruit of God’s full harvest. We will enjoy the First Resurrection; but this does not exclude the rest of creation, who are awaiting our manifestation:

For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19).

… ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body (Romans 8:23).

After the Dispensation of Grace

Both Thomas and Paul met the resurrected Christ! One day, those who have not trusted Christ during this life will be resurrected and brought into the presence of the Son of God, and will with Thomas and Paul call Him “Lord.”

Oh, the extent to which God will go to reach man! God is much less limited than Christendom in His evangelism! In due course He can and will pull out all the stops.

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2007, 2010

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