"You will not know how to get to heaven simply by eavesdropping on the conversations of the members of the Church." Charles Spurgeon Devotional Classics
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering..." Romans 8:1-3
They still don't get it. They have sat under Biblical teaching for half a century. They have rubbed shoulders with born again Christians, watched them live out their convictions, been at the receiving end of their love, eavesdropped on their conversations. Every time the church door is open they are there. But they don't get it....salvation, sin, Savior....Jesus! They don't get Him, they don't have Him. Even though it has been preached they don't believe a loving God would create hell. They hear the Word of God like a foreign language - needing interpreting by their well trained humanist mind.
And so, they stand condemned. Christ does not dwell in them. They say they believe in God but reject the God as portrayed in the Bible (a loving God would never ask Abraham to sacrifice his son!). They say they love Jesus but deny that He is God. They say there is no hell, but certainly heaven. They feel as good as the next guy and better than most.
This matters to me! I know them personally. I have prayed for them, given them books, read the scriptures, shared the reality of Christ in my life, shared my testimony. They don't get it. They are members of my family and they don't have Jesus. Help, Lord!
2Corinthians 4:4 "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
John 12:37 "Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in Him."
And yet, I must not stop praying. He ordains my prayers and He may choose to answer "yes" for their salvation. The Lord must draw them and open their eyes. As long as they breathe there is hope. In Christ there is no condemnation. May they find it true for them.
Who's salvation are you praying for?