Commentary By: Gordon King
What would it take for the people of the world to believe the truth?
We can share the gospel of Christ to the lost, we can show them that there is a better way, we can show them the only way to heaven, yet what will it take for them to believe?
Of course the only real answer is that God is the one who opens the eyes and the ears of the unbelievers, He is the one who can soften a hardened heart. Even so, after a person can hear and see the truth, it is still their choice to believe it or not!
When life becomes difficult, when we endure hardships and turmoil in our lives, then most people will seek something or someone to help alleviate the pain and suffering. Many will turn to drugs and alcohol, many to sexual addictions, and many more to false gods and religions. Yet, there will be those who will turn to the truth, they will seek after what will truly bring them relief, Jesus Christ. And when others have failed to find relief and only find more of the same through false gods, drugs and alcohol, they too will see the error of their ways, and eventually they will find God! However, there are many, many more who will refuse to accept God, they are proud and arrogant, believing that they know the way, believing that they know better than God! They will follow false teachings, for they have itching ears only willing to hear what they want, not willing to hear the truth because it does not suit their desires or lifestyle.
You would think that with all that is going on in the world, many more people would be turning to the truth and accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior. Those of us who have been studying scripture and bible prophecy know that even though many will hear the truth they will not believe because they have been blinded by the god of this world, Satan!
2 Corinthians 4:4
“whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
And say it isn’t so that many people are being led astray by lies and untruths, by chaos and confusion, and by deceptive false doctrines. There is just enough truth mingled with lies that it often appears to be the truth, yet in reality they are lies. The father of all lies is Satan, there is no truth in him.
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
Satan will deceive many with all power, signs, and lying wonders, with all unrighteous deception, because they did not receive the love of the truth.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
Satan deceives, he is the great deceiver and liar, the father of all lies and deception. Those of the world are under the sway of Satan, he is their father, scripture tells us these things. For we have one father (spiritually speaking), either Satan or God Almighty, we cannot have them both!
This is why it is so difficult for those of the world to believe the truth, because their father is the devil! They are under his control, being led to believe lies and deceptions, to believe untruths!
So does this then mean that there is no hope for unbelievers? No! Of course not, otherwise none of us would be saved! However, it does take an act of God for their eyes to see, their ears to hear, and their hearts to be softened enough for them to see the truth and to believe, yet it is still their choice to make.
We can warn the world about coming disaster, we can show them bible prophecy which has been already been fulfilled, bible prophecy which is now being fulfilled, and bible prophecy which is yet to be fulfilled, yet if they are not ready to hear then they will not believe!
And if you tell people about the truth and they are not yet ready to hear, then you might as well be talking to a rock! However, it is not for us to make people believe, but to merely plant a seed. It is God’s job to crush that rock, to make it ready for planting, to make things grow from it. If we plant the truth into someones mind, then perhaps at some point in time they will refer back to what you have told them, and just maybe they will reflect upon it when the time comes.
What we need to do is pray for the lost, pray for the good Lord to open their eyes and ears, to soften their hearts in order for them to be able to receive and accept the truth! The soil will not bear any life if it is not ready, when it is full of thistles and thorns, when it is rock hard. It must first be prepped, it must be made ready to accept what it has been given. I am in no way stating that a person must clean up their life before accepting Christ, not at all, but they must be ready to see and hear the truth, they must have a heart that is willing to accept the truth!
We don’t always know when and if a person is ready to hear the truth, this is why prayer is so very important. We must pray for unbelievers to see and hear the truth, we must pray for their hearts to be softened to the point of accepting the truth, and we must pray for the unbelievers to accept the truth! I know that God will not force anyone to believe, yet perhaps He will persuade them to believe.
We cannot make anyone believe the truth, we can pray for them, and we can plant seeds. We can show them the right way, we ourselves can be an example of what is righteous and holy. Unfortunately we know that not all will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, that there will be many who will never inherit eternal life. The path to destruction is wide and there are many roads, yet the path to righteousness and eternal life is narrow, and there are few who will follow it.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.“
God bless my friends! Maranatha!