The more excellent way of helping you in seeking the way of salvation would be to bring to your attention—and recollection, the very early promptings, and later, the strong pull of the spirit—if such there were—as evidence of God's operation. To be sure, once you have experienced the spirit of God making its home in you—which comes not by praying, or by confessing, or by tarrying, but by God's grace, which is wholly unearned, unsolicited—you certainly will know your place in the family of God (Rom. 8 :16-17).
If, however, you feel this drawing-power, this pull on the heart (as it were) of God's spirit in your life drawing you to Christ, then you may have good reason to believe that you are among the chosen of God. It is written: "For whoever are being led by God's spirit, these are sons of God" (Rom. 8:14). On the other hand, if you do not feel this drawing power, this, of course, does not mean that you are entirely out of God's favor as is sometimes said, "eternally lost and without hope," (a statement not found in the Scriptures), for God has made provision for all. There is no one really lost to God; for, note "the lost things" in Luke 15, were not permanently lost, but only temporarily displaced, even the "lost son" found a loving father. How could anyone be everlastingly lost to God the Creator of all when everything, and everyone in life or death—is open before His eyes. If earth's millions are lost—out of God's reach—who then would be the victor, God or Satan? Is Satan stronger than God?
But someone will say, although God has provided salvation for the sinner, who is a free moral agent, it's up to him to exercise his own will in the matter, for God will save no one against his will.
This argument sounds most conclusive were it not for the clear teaching of the Scriptures which give us a concrete example of God's method of saving man in this day of grace.
Consider the case of Saul of Tarsus, and answer. Could ever a man more madly do all in his power against Christ and His people? Saul's religion made him the chief of sinners, Christ's bitterest enemy; but did all his opposition to God and his bitterness to Christ win out over God's intention? Oh, No! For the record in Acts 9 speaks for itself of that salvation which is of grace—grace alone, without human will, works, or wealth.
By Divine design, God had chosen Saul in Christ eons before his birth and in due time called him —even against his will, while on the road to Damascus. There, suddenly a light—brighter than the
noon-day sun—flashed about him, and falling down to earth, he hears a voice saying unto him, "Saul, Saul, why art thou persecuting Me?" It is hard for you to kick against the goads." Yes, ""the grace of God over-whelmed him, with faith and love in Christ" (1 Tim. 1:2-16), even as it does all believers today.
God's purpose of the eons (ages) is to eventually save and reconcile all intelligent creatures by means of instructions and disciplinary measures, which He will institute at the Great White Throne Judgment. Consequently, all will have come to a knowledge of the truth, and a realization of God—as He should be in their lives—God of love, of wisdom and of grace, determined to bless all His creatures to the full with infinite joy, peace and endless happiness.
This, then, my friend, is the story of the pathway that leads to glory. I sincerely trust that you will treasure this golden nugget of truth passed on to you and that God will use it to His honor and glory, and to your good. May you too, dear reader, feel the power of His presence as you read these lines. Believe from the heart, confess (Him) with you lips, and thou shall be saved (Rom. 10:9-10).
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