The Story of an Amazing God that can do the impossible . .
In the early '70's God came to our house. Oh, He didn't come with regal robes in all His power and glory - but He snuck in unawares, uninvited and did stuff! Do you have a God that can do stuff? That can git-er-done? The God of the Bible is Almighty, needs no help or advice, no council, can git-er-done by His mighty right arm, and does it right the first time. He never has to do it over. And He never tries. He does.
We were a rough and tumble family of loggers from the hills of Southwest Oregon, rough sawn and primitive. "We had no time for Jesus, but for us He had a plan - the most wicked, hopeless case in all the land" says the song you can listen to here. We were the coarsest of the coarse. but you see, God deliberately chooses the things men consider foolish: "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of
the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are" And why? "That no flesh should glory in his presence". God purposefully avoids the wise, the proud and the strong. There were no worse candidates for sainthood than ourselves, and serving God was the last thing on our to-do list. People "compass land and sea" to make one convert, but when God has got your number, you've had it! As the late Bishop Ward said, "if Jehova God comes after you, He's coming back with you!" God is not running around trying to get people saved, but just can't pull it off. "Oh I tried so many times to save you Steve, but every time I almost had you, your free will caused you to run away!" Is that the voice of the Almighty? Or is that the voice of a wannabe God who can't get anything done without Man's permission? God doesn't ask Mary if she wanted to be the mother of Jesus . . He informs her of His decision, a decision which she willingly receives because he made her for that very purpose. Even though Paul "kicks against the goads", when God says "now", Paul is struck to the ground in a flash and gets up converted. Ananias is instructed to "Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake" (Acts 9:15, 16).
"All that the Father hath given me shall come to me, and him that cometh to me I will in now wise cast out" (John 6:37). He doesn't say they might come to me, or that He hopes they will, He says they will come to Him. Not only does every single one that the Father has (past tense) given come, but they come willingly. When this happens we call it being born again. We receive as a gift a new life - His life.. "And you hath He (Jesus) quickened (made alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1). Think about what is being said here. Every religion has a different twist on the way to get to heaven. But the only list that matters is the one made by the God that physically raised Christ from the dead before so many witnesses. This is why Paul says that if Jesus "be not raised, you faith is futile; you are still dead in your sins" (1 Corinthians 15:17). And what does this one list say? "Cursed is he who continueth not in all things written in the book of the law, to do them" (Galatians 3:10).