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It Is Veiled To Those Who Are Perishing

February 15, 2015

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It Is Veiled  To Those  Who  Are Perishing

People  have a way  of stubbornly refusing  to believe  God’s word.     There can be all sorts  of reasons  for their unbelief.     Some don’t like  being told  to obey  God’s commands  for right living  —  claiming it is old fashioned  or unreasonable.     Others simply feel  they want  to do things  their way  —  because in their pride,  they feel powerful enough  to do  what they want  without ever having  to face judgment.     And,  others don’t think there is a God,  heaven,  or hell.     There are even some  who claim  we must all work  our way  to heaven,  because there is  no such thing  as the kind of grace  that forgives  all  of our sins.

None  of these believe  the gospel  of Jesus Christ.     Paul describes them  as having  a veil  over their eyes  that keeps them  from seeing  and trusting  God’s word.     In talking  about the unbelieving Jews  of his day,  Paul wrote  in 2 Corinthians 3:14-16,

But  their minds  were hardened;  for until  this very day  at the reading  of the old covenant  the same veil  remains  unlifted,  because  it is removed  in Christ.     But  to this day  whenever Moses  is read,  a veil lies  over their heart;  but whenever a person  turns  to the Lord,  the veil  is taken away.

When the Jews  listened  to the Old Testament scriptures,  all they ever “heard”  were the commandments  —  and felt  they must work  their way  to heaven.     When the prophecies  of a Savior  from sin  were read,  they didn’t “get”  the message  —  because they didn’t believe it.

We can’t pick  and choose  what we want  to believe  and not believe  in God’s word.     We can’t  twist  God’s word  to suit  our fancy.     The message  of God’s forgiveness  and grace  are consistent  throughout  the Bible.     This is really important  because Paul  sadly adds  in 2 Corinthians 4:3,

And  even if  our gospel  is veiled,  it is veiled  to those  who  are perishing.

People  put their own blinders on  —  maybe  because they want  to feel self-righteous  —  maybe because  they don’t want  to admit  they are condemned sinners  —  maybe because  they feel God  is a myth,  in spite  of the fact  that His word  has proven  its truthfulness.

The solution  to all  “who are perishing”  is to open up  God’s word  and prayerfully  study it  with heart  and mind.     Hearing God teach us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for Your  patient grace.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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