Chosen by God

Chosen by God April 22, 2019

God’s Word says believers were chosen by God, but for what reason and purpose?


He loved me long before I ever loved Him (1 John4:19-21).

The main question I have about why God had chosen me is, “Why?” I know there was nothing in particular that God saw in me and made that decision based upon that. The only reason I can think of was that God loved me. Even here, there is no human explanation for God sending His Son to die for me; someone who was an ungodly, wicked enemy of His (Rom 5:6-10), and He loved me long before I ever loved Him (1 John4:19-21). Despite this, the Apostle Paul tells us that God “has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love” (Eph 1:3-4). More than once we read that God chose us in love (Rom 5; Eph 1). It was not that we were lovely, but rather, it was that He loved us first. Jesus told the disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you” (John 15:16). Besides love, God chose us to bear fruit that would give God glory (John15:8). Anyone that’s been called by God has been called to glory Him. That is a major reason that God created us.

For What?

The Bible gives us some good ideas about what we’ll be doing in the Kingdom. For example, the Apostle Peter wrote, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet 2:9). The Apostle John writes to the church, “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Rev 1:5b-6). He has made some to be rulers, kings, and priests in the kingdom. Scripture tells us that only Jesus Christ is worthy “to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev 5:9), so it will be that the Lord “made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth” (Rev 5:10). Notice it was God’s doing, and not theirs, but they are destined to be part of the rule or reign of Christ, but of course, everyone will be under the authority of Christ. Jesus gives us an idea of stewardship, stating that someone that’s being faithful in little, will mean they can be trusted with much, so some will “have authority over ten cities” (Luke 19:17c), while others will “be over five cities” (Luke 19:19c). What this exactly looks like in the kingdom, we cannot say. Jesus Himself is preparing these things now (John 14:3), but the Apostle John wrote that he “saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years” (Rev 20:4). Scripture tells us that believers will judge angels, but which angels Scripture refers to, I am not sure (1 Cor 6:3). Perhaps these are fallen angels, or demons. Otherwise, all judgment will be Christ’s.

Now What?

The idea of being chosen by God is not a new one. God said of ancient Israel, “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (Duet 14:2). God didn’t call them because they were the greatest or largest, but only out of His promise to Abraham. Of course Israel failed in their calling, but the Apostle Paul wrote that God “had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone” (Gal 1:15-16), so Scripture teaches us that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44). Saul would have never chosen the Way without divine intervention (Acts 9).

Called and Justified

We also know that God has chosen some who have not yet been called, and that means He may use us as a means to bring them to Christ. It is not we who save others, but God alone saves, however, God does gives us the great privilege to be used as a means to save some. Paul writes, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (Rom 8:29-30). God has predestined some to be saved, so we need not be concerned if we don’t reach everyone with the gospel. We are simply told to “go” and share Christ. God is the Lord of the Harvest, but we are chosen by God; taken out of the darkness, and brought into the Light. Then, we’re called to go back into the darkness to bring others into the Light. It is not up to us to save anyone. Jesus says, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37), not all we gather and bring to Christ.

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God…a people for his treasured possession…” (Duet 14:2).


When Abram was called by God, God told him to “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Gen 12:1), “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him” (Gen 12:4a). By Abram obeying God, he showed he believed God, and so Abram “believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness” (Gen 15:6). God choose Abram, but Abram choose to believe, but even here, God had to make Himself known to Abram in order for Abram to know Him. Has your name “been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain” (Rev 13:8)? If God has brought you to repentance (Acts 5:31, 11:18; 2 Tim2:24-26) and faith in Christ (Mark 1:14-15), you have been chosen by God. If you don’t care, you may not be chosen…or God has not yet called you to Christ…but if you care and wonder if you’ve been chosen by God, you’ll know by the fruits you produce, because these differing fruits show the radically different roots (Eph 5:19-25).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is a Pastor and Prison Minister in the State of Kansas. Jack is also a writer at Christian Quotes and Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    First lie or delusion….The buybull is NOT the “word” of any “god” If this were true then your “god” would be psychotic genocidal maniac given to hundreds of falsehoods and contradictions. It is a collection of BOOKS written by delusional barbaric ignorant savages.

    That you would consider yourself “chosen” janitor jack speaks to the depth of your delusion, indoctrination and psychopathy.

    “Even here, there is no human explanation for God sending His Son to die for me”

    That’s right! There is NO explanation because it is disgusting, sick, ridiculous and NOT TRUE. It is abhorrent on its face and nonsensical in the extreme. Only the MOST gullible and willfully delusional could embrace a word of this as true. It is sick as are those who subscribe to it.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      Please do not send me any posts. You aren’t a doer of God’s Word so why would I care about your point of view?

      You can’t even tell God apart from the crowd of wannabes.

      Get your heart right with God and that starts by seeking and acknowledging Him and His favor.

      Right now you are an egregious sinner and that means you are a loser in the battle of good versus evil.

      The Battle Is Not Your’s, Yolanda Adams

      • pud

        Demonstrate that any of your infantile absurd ridiculous claims and beliefs are actually true…waiting…

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          You’re a very imprudent person. It is your responsibility to seek God to establish a relationship with Him and get in His favor so that He adopts you into His very own family.

          Study Saul on the Road to Damascus. God struck him with blindness. Are you really imprudent enough to risk being struck by blindness or some other terrible problem like leprosy.

          God is awesome and you a worm are not on His level to demand anything be proven to you by Him or His people who adore Him and know Him a lot better than you do.

          I don’t debate what God has revealed to me. Why cast doubt on Someone who could make a divine person out of me.

          You are going to have to cease doubting and worrying and complaining and rebeling and let God make a more divine person out of you, too.

          Or are you scared to commit yourself to God?

          A lot of people have a fear of commitment.

          So ask God to remove all your doubts and fears so you can repent and get your heart right with God like a more godly person does.

          Change is a process and you have to commit fearlessly without looking back to progress God’s Way.

          God is God…there is NO Need to second guess Him….only completely trust Him and surrender everything into His gracious hands and let Him do a work in you.

          Do you really want to be a sinner with all that implies for the rest of your life?

          Atheists are ostracized because most people know better than to hang out with shady, unrepentant, sinful characters.

          Think about it. You are personally loved by God and a whole new godly character is too good an offer for anybody including you to pass up.

          Show God how brave you are and accept His offer.

          Have a blessed day….And take things one day at a time….you will be on a long walk with God and it might involve multiple course corrections for you but He is worth it.

          • pud

            Oh, so you have to make yourself “believe” before you can get evidence that it’s true eh? Exactly what ALL cults do.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            You really have lost it you know and need to go on bended knee and neck to God in prayer every day until this spiritual bondage Satan has imposed on you lifts.

            Keep insulting Christians.

            Bible thumping is a mark of distinction because bible thumping is the world’s misnomer for devil thumping.

            Evangelists regularly go out in the world bible thumping because when they do the devil gets thumped and another sheep is added to Jesus’ flock.

            All the disciples could cast evil spirits out of people in Jesus name borrowing his authority.

            That’s what men of God do for Jesus. Thump the devil and you think you are braver than someone who will take on the devil for God.

            Why you couldn’t even get free of sin but one day you will and you will be calling on Jesus and praising him one day for all the strength, power and wisdom and courage and kindness, etc. that he lends to you.

            Let him make a whole new person out of you. The sooner the better and be done with the devil. Amen.

            Praise Is What I Do! William Murphy

          • pud

            I will just as soon as you demonstrate that ANY “god” or “devil” exists….waiting…

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Time to put you on block now.

            I hope you repent, acknowledge Jesus and keep your heart right with God or else you’ll be stuck in slavery to sin.

            Don’t be afraid of change or commitment. Individual and social progress depend on it.

            Take care!

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            I believe Satan has subjected you to strong delusion and you will stay that way as long as you continue to rebel against God.

            Satan keeps you in sin if you refuse to follow Jesus.

            So how can anyone prove anything to you if you have succumbed to strong Satanic delusion?

            Best to take God at His Word and stop letting Satan mess with your mind.

            Get a copy of Strongman’s His Name What’s His Game by the Robesons and read it and try to figure out which evil spirits Satan has sent against you to keep you so deluded.

            Most Christians who have regularly read your scriptural opinions on this blog know you love to twist scripture which is a sign you are not in good control of your own mental faculties or have some type of learning disability but why in this area of the scriptures only. That is truly a strange evil symptom to exhibit. But you did exhibit it publicly.

            Let Jesus lift your darkness and peace be with you pud. Let Jesus restore sanity to your life while there is still time.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Oh and don’t demand proof again. It underscores your delusion.

            You are going to have to stop and take charge of yourself and start obeying God’s commands or else you are going to keep leaving yourself open to the devil’s influence.

            God said you suppressed knowledge of Him. See Romans 1.

            So playing childish proof games just allows this evil oppression of you by Satan to continue.

            Get your act together and receive Jesus now today and let him clear that hornet’s nest of doubt and insecurity out of your head.

            I wish you well but as long as you keep giving in to sin and Satan I refuse to take you seriously.

            Why would you allow him to turn you into an obsessive antireligion nut case?

            Get Jesus and Jesus will cast him out then teach you how to keep him out.

            Have a blessed day.

            And get your heart right with God. Don’t contact me again with a Satanically inspired objection.

            All people are sinners until Jesus turns them into saints.

            Give all the glory to God and thank Him when He restores sanity to you.

            Can I get an amen? Nevermind. Don’t object or answer.

            You are to work on getting Jesus and letting him restore some order in your consciousness.

            Peace Be With You!

            We Fall Down, Donnie McClurkin

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          When you persecute a believer in Christ then you persecute Jesus because a true Christian abides in the body of Christ.

          Acts 22:7
          Berean Study Bible
          I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?’

          Matthew Henry in his commentary explains the passage:

          Matthew Henry Commentary
          22:1-11 The apostle addressed the enraged multitude, in the customary style of respect and good-will. Paul relates the history of his early life very particularly; he notices that his conversion was wholly the act of God. Condemned sinners are struck blind by the power of darkness, and it is a lasting blindness, like that of the unbelieving Jews. Convinced sinners are struck blind as Paul was, not by darkness, but by light. They are for a time brought to be at a loss within themselves, but it is in order to their being enlightened. A simple relation of the Lord’s dealings with us, in bringing us, from opposing, to profess and promote his gospel, when delivered in a right spirit and manner, will sometimes make more impression that laboured speeches, even though it amounts not to the full proof of the truth, such as was shown in the change wrought in the apostle.

          • Jack Wellman

            This is so true Susan about when we persecute believers,we are persecuting Christ. I see that in Acts 9 too. Thank you for your comment. I am praying for Pud. She is so lost.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Thank you, Pastor. Why don’t you start a web church so God can lift you up and everyone can hear you preach.

            You are too good a preacher to merely blog.

          • If God is sovereign why did he use terrorists to kill all those people attending those Catholic churches in Sri Lanka and those in those hotels that were bombed? Some god you believe in: one who supports terrorism! Isn’t he the same one who commanded the Israelites to commit genocide? He’s very violent, bloodthirsty and barbaric. Isn’t he the author of your blood cult? Isn’t he the one who applies eternal torture in hell to unbelievers?

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            I am not familiar with the Sri Lanka incident.

            Why claim God supported a terrorist incident? When people have sin natures. Did Satan prompt the incident?

            Why use a humanistic false term like genocide against God. God can resurrect people. Satanically influenced dictators like Stalin and Hitler and Kim Jong Un can’t.

            What is your problem. Why don’t you appreciate living in the Christian free world.

            Why don’t you immigrate to North Korea and live under an atheist dictator if you have to be so critical of God.

          • I have told you numerous times before (under your various and many aliases) that atheistic humanism is different from Communism, yet you seem incapable of grasping this fact. Are you so ignorant or is it your deliberate choice to be ignorant? You just want to latch onto anything that is atheist and attribute it to all atheists. So if I apply your argument to Protestant Christians in the same way you attribute the horrors of Communism to humanists, then you are guilty of the horrors of the crusades and the inquisition.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Stop compartmentalizing into groups. All people suffer from sin.

          • “All people suffer from sin.” You especially!

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Yes me especially but I am on the mend. Thanks be to God. Sin is terrible. That’s why God compares it to leaven and leprosy.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Stop laying false philosophical burdens of proof on other people.

            Work out your own faith with fear and trembling.

            I can’t work on your personal sins can I? But Jesus can. He can motivate you!

            So trust him to show you out of your spiritual conumdrum.

            Don’t trust anyone that doesn’t pass the spirit test in 1 John 4. Got that?

            Take care. You will see the light one day. That devil….he fools us all but learn from Jesus and you will be beating him one day. Be sure to put the full armor of God on after you make your full repentance and don’t let the devil get a foothold again.

            Peace Be With You!

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Thanks for reminding me of what a great sinner, I was.

            God makes great saints out of great sinners!

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            I believe Satan has subjected you to strong delusion Brother Arthur. Please, please buy a copy of “ Strongman’s His Name, What’s His Game” by the Robesons so Jesus can solve your problem and keep you free of Satanic delusion and attacks.

            Satan sent an evil spirit against you when he let wrong teachings fall into your hands.

            So you are going to have to repent, receive Jesus, get rebaptized and annointed and learn how to cast Satan out and keep him out.

            In your case a good spiritual education may not be enough. You are going to have to start practicing what you already know how to preach starting with yourself.

            You know you never let the devil keep a foothold on you Brother Arthur so please get that book and go to a deliverance ministry site so you can get your demons cast out.

            You are disturbed because Jesus and Satan are waging war for your soul and you won’t be at peace until you help Jesus cast the devil out permanently.

            So make your peace with God, put on the armor and keep that devil out permanently.

            Imagine…letting the devil make you a mere humanist when Christ can still make a true disciple out of you.

            In Christian love I exhort you to follow the above advice.

            Take care and be safe in Jesus!

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Sin has a chameleon like changeable nature.

            Don’t under estimate it’s corrosive power in the human soul.

            You need Jesus to give you a brand new heart and the sooner the better.

            Read Psalm 51 for what sin did to the beautiful innocent boy David who slew Goliath. What did it make him do later in life?

          • pud

            Why did your loving “god” either allow your imaginary “satan” or stand by and watch as 800 believers were blown to bits?

          • pud

            Nothing fails like prayer. Ask the 800 people blown up in Sir Lanka in churches….where was gentle jesus meek and mild? Watching? Busy?

          • pud

            Yeah and when you make ridiculous claims that you have no evidence for “god” kills a kitten

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            You don’t understand how God creates spiritual birth and regeneration in people.

            You should not be arguing over things that you have no knowledge about.

            John 3, NASB

            The New Birth
            3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these [a]signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born [b]again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

            4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born [c]again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

            9 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. 12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever [d]believes will in Him have eternal life.

            There it is Jesus saying you must be born of water and Spirit. Did Nicodemus argue and object with the greatest spiritual authority of all time? Of course not. You listen to the greatest experts and learn from them so you can duplicate the learning and progress.

            In this case it is spiritual birth Jesus explained.

            If someone else experienced spiritual birth and you didn’t how can your ignorance trump their experience and knowledge.

            The water in the water and Spirit is not the water of baptism but the water of the Word which washes us clean.

            The preacher delivers the spirit when he gets up in the Spirit in everyone’s hearing.

            God worked through David to slay Goliath and his blasphemy didn’t He? He selected the youngest over his elder brothers because God looks at the heart. David as the youngest probably had the bravest and the least corrupted heart. It takes worldliness time to set in on people. Old people are more jaded than young people aren’t they?

            So you train up the uncorrupted in the way they should go.

            But Jesus was talking to Nicodemus. A full fledged man not a boy like David was and he told him that even a grown man can be born again.

            You need to start realizing the importance of obedience. How can the Holy Spirit train you if you keep disobediently refusing to follow the spiritual explanations provided by God?

            You are a very confused person thinking you are better than God and Jesus without even repenting and getting your heart right with God.

            Why do you keep tuning out wisdom and counsel from God?

            So you can continue to think highly of yourself when the world does not think highly of atheists.

            It takes humility, love and courage as well as dedication to surrender to God and let Him create a whole new spiritual nature in you.

            You better start examining yourself for why you are so high minded that you can’t even focus long enough for God to speak to your heart and set you straight.

            Jesus had a lowly mind. See Philippians 2 on it. Moses was the most humble man ever born.

            What makes you so stubborn in your pride.

            I have been to college 5 or 6:times and I am not as stubborn as you.

            Everything I know about God really comes from what He taught me using the Bible.

            Stop thinking so highly of yourself and go to church where you can HEAR the Word of God.

            Spiritual birth is a divine miracle and it still happens today.

            I hope this helps. Don’t ever give up seeking until God gives you spiritual birth. Then you will have to let the Spirit raise you to maturity in the Word.

            Man is a tripartite being. Body, soul and spirit.

            Why would you settle for body and soul?

            May His Grace Abound To You! God will never leave you and forsake you when the rest of this evil world abandons you or is not there when you need them.

            Here is John 3 on the audiobible. Listen to the Word! You are too important to God not to mind Him and listen.


          • Susan Jane Elohim
          • Why should we give the author of a blood cult “all the glory”?

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            You and pud should stop right now. Why waste your time attacking Christians? You are doing a disservice to the world. Check the facts on charity. Christians out perform other groups on contributing to charities.

            What do you want around the world charities funding decimated by destroying Christian beliefs?

            What an ignoble enterprise.

            Have you got any idea of the number of Christian charities there are in this world. The American Leprosy Mission working worldwide to aid lepers and end leprosy, Jimmy Carter’s Foundation fighting to bring world peace and end river blindness in 25 African and Latin American countries, the FEBC trying to get the Gospel into many closed societies to set those people free, the huge network of mobile health clinics, orphanages and basic food programs that the Love A Child Mission runs in Haiti, the Christian Appalachian Project helping poor people all over the Appalachian mountains, Covenant House which goes out and gets homeless kids off the street and houses and feeds them, the Mercy Ships which travel around Africa providing desperately needed medical services to the poorest people who suffer from all sorts of horrendous tumors and deformities and also help blind people who would not have a chance of medical care otherwise. The list of these Christian charities goes on and on. Just check Charity Navigator on it.
            Do you want Christian charity to stop to all these people around the world because you like to play armchair psychology and mischaracterize Christians as delusional to serve your flesh and continue to refuse to get your heart right with God? Is your heart really that callused?

            Well shame on you! All these struggling blind, lame, desperately poor and needy people should not be ignored and not rendered any mercy or charity to defer to your intellectual pretensions.

            Please take direction from the pages of the Bible and cast down your vain imaginations.

            You are spiritually impoverished yourself and too busy thinking too highly of yourself to know it.

            “Put on charity if you would be perfect (spiritually mature).” That’s what the good Lord Jesus said and many Christians have obeyed him and you want to persecute them out of existence to win your own petty mean spirited argument?

            Better think on that one again.

          • Rational Human

            Why couldn’t Jesus simply eradicate leprosy from the earth? If he healed lepers, why couldn’t he just eliminate that disease from earth?

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            The Bible is the Book of Salvation. Jesus came to give people spiritual birth and restore a relationship with God.

            These bodies are not the glorious ones promised by God. Cf. 1 Cor. 15.

            The best thing you could probably do to increase your spiritual understanding is pray to God to help you meet His standards, increase your discernment and give you faith.

            Without faith it is impossible to please God.

            While you humble yourself and pray find a good local church and hear the Word regularly while your understanding increases.

            I do not know why everyone does not equally understand the scriptures but they don’t and you need to find a good tutor to help you over the learning hump.

            Keep in mind that God loves everyone all the time and don’t get critical of Him. This life is only a drop in the bucket when compared to the greater life God plans for people in the future.

            Too critical an attitude could keep you in the dark so don’t quarrel about the scriptures with people.

            It is best to be open to the scriptures like a little child with awe and wonder then understanding will increase.

            Jesus didn’t die on the Cross without having your best interest at heart no matter what confused individuals tell you.

            God is divine love and divine love conquers all. As the Psalms tells us “His love never fails.”

            So consider Jesus to be the perfect embodiment of God’s love to humanity and trust him as the mysteries of the Bible unfolds around you.

            Arguing is going to upset the delicate attitude and equilibrium you need to experience the love, joy and peace that Jesus brings.

            Human beings, particularly intelligent sensitive human beings, could be a lot more easily upset than the typical person thinks so just meditate on God’s personal love for you.

            There’s no reason to get offended by a divine person who loves you and intends only the best for you.

            I am a Christian Universal Reconciliationist. I don’t even believe in eternal torment because I am so convinced of the divine benevolence and capability of God and was blessed to read many good scriptural constructions showing that God intends to save all following a plan of the ages.

            One of the books on this available for you to read is the free ebook God’s Plan for All.

            Peace Be With You!

          • Rational Human

            “All these struggling blind, lame, desperately poor and needy people should not be ignored and not rendered any mercy … ”

            Who created all these blind, lame, poor, sick people? Are they just lawns in God’s sick game, created blind and deaf just so you can show how caring and charitable you are?

            Sick and twisted. Your whole worldview is despicable and nauseating.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Please read your words above and ask yourself what is prompting you to think the worst and destroy a wonderful relationship with the most important person in the universe before it can begin.

            Never underestimate the debilitating quality of sin and examine yourself for why you can’t enjoy a healthy spiritual relationship that is actually spiritually, emotionally and physically healthy for you.

            Hide key verses in your heart like:

            God’s love never fails.

            With God all things are possible.

            I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

            Those are some of the spiritually empowering verses of the Bible.

            When this world comes against you and knocks you down, remember and claim these verses and Christ will lift you back up again.

            And if you think that is stupid. Think again. There’s nothing stupid about God developing spiritual strength in you and you being able to draw on it.

            So read John 15 and abide in Jesus’ strength.

            You Are My Strength, William Murphy

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            If you think you know the Bible so well then why is your view of God so distorted?

            Satan may have sent an evil spirit against you to turn your heart against God.

            Now you should repent, receive Jesus, put on the full armor of God and seek out a deliverance ministry site that can teach you to cast Satan out and keep him out.

            Learn from the true disciples who learned from Jesus how to cast out evil spirits.

            Otherwise those evil spirits will keep influencing you to be angry, over critical, mean spiritied, etc.

            Then humans will start to abandon you and Satan’s hold will increase on you.

            So take God seriously at His Word. He’s the only One that can give you a whole new heart and keep the devil from trying to meddle with it.

            Read Psalm 51.

            Get a copy of Strongman’s His Name What’s His Game by the Robesons and
            start taking God seriously. If you don’t the devil gets to own you through sin and there’s no end to the misery one can experience in sin. All sin isn’t pleasurable but all sin has negative consequences.

            Peace Be With You!

            You’re going to have to receive Jesus and start asserting yourself spiritually like a true disciple or remain socially ostracized living in a closet like many atheists do.

            I have even met atheists who lied about being atheists to have relationships with or marry Christians.

            Atheists are 70 percent male.
            30 percent female.

            So some of them are bound to lie and hide the fact they are atheists to get a partner.

            Don’t be the pawn of the devil.

            Get your act together and that starts by loving Jesus enough to obey him so he can get you free and keep you free of the whole weak sinful mess.

            May God bless you and keep you!

          • Flint8ball

            Christian charities do good work and compare favorably to other charities. That’s because christianity is a dominant religion. That doesn’t mean that christians are more charitable than others. Just have the numbers and the influence. Thank Constantine.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Let’s agree to disagree.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            I am glad you are asking questions so you can escape the devil. Be sure to keep the right attitude and never fight against God. Stay humble and He will enlighten you.

            Why don’t you google and read Dr. Stephen E. Jones and Dr. Ernest L. Martin’s works after you read the whole bible.

            You need to consult men who know the importance of maintaining true discipleship status teaching you on the Bible.

            The Old Testament contains a Clean/Unclean Doctrine that not all Christians are careful to observe.

            There are lots of doctrines to learn like justification, sanctification, adoption, glorification, etc.

            Don’t let the people who refused to get their hearts right with God teach you the Bible or they could sow a false gospel in your heart.

            Google The Doctrine of the Ages on the Associates For Scriptural Knowledge site (ASK) and read what Martin has to say on it. This is a doctrine that was almost lost but can be found in the Bible if you know where to look.

            If you want to understand the Doctrine of the Sovereignty of God try ordering James W. Bruggemann’s book called Sacret Secrets of the Sovereignty of God. This book corrects Arminianism and Calvinism so you will have a really precise understanding of doctrine and God’s plan to save the world if you read it.

            Have a blessed day and don’t forget you are important to God, The world likes to marginalize atheists because they didn’t get the good spiritual education but then sometimes that is because atheists have issues and like to fight against God not knowing they are opposing Him.

            Just pray and read and let God go to work on you changing your heart motives for the better and you will receive enlightenment from the Holy Spirit.

          • There is no “proof” for the existence of God. Subjective experiences of “God” happen in many different religions, each claiming that their “god” is true. They can’t all be true (if there is only one God) because these gods contradict one another and probably none of them are. Devotees of these different gods all claim to have been changed by their god, so does this make them all proved? Of course not. You had better come up with a better argument for the uniqueness of your god.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            I don’t care about unbeliever proof standards.

            I care about God’s standards.

          • Yes, but if God does not exist, who care’s about a non-existent standard? Are you too afraid to demonstrate the existence of God? Try now!

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            No. You seek that is how you establish a relationship with God.

            I am not proving anything to any person who could deceptively shift the proof goal posts.

            Why do sinners get to set the proof standard when God already set the standard.

            I will trust God ahead of people. I always do and remain firm on that.

            People are never to be trusted not to shift goal posts.

            Most can’t even maintain polite personal boundaries over long stretches of time.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Listen! Unbelief is disobedience. Don’t ever let anyone reinforce disobedience in you spiritually. You already have enough sinful disobedience all on your own without being influenced by others holding the wrong ideas in their heads.

            Did Ehrman pass God’s test in 1 John 4? No.

            Then don’t share spiritual thoughts with people who can’t pass that test.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Here is an interesting page I just came across. Look at it:

            Don’t you ever hear the Spirit in the people singing? Some people have been more spiritually oppressed than others but that weighty affliction seems to have produced more spiritual character in them.

            We Fall Down, Donnie McClurkin

            Great Is Your Mercy, Donnie McClurkin

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Jesus came to save you personally and you play a delay game with him?

            You’re out of your mind.

            You had better repent before Satan gains any more ground in your heart and mind.

            Repent and offer your life to Jesus so he will give you a whole new heart and lift you up.

            You know better than to hang around unholy people and false prophets who destabilize your relationship with Jesus and God, John Arthur.

            Throw Ehrman’s pack of lies out and let Jesus make a new person out of you.

            You submit to Jesus and mean it and Jesus will experientially prove himself to you over time.

            What you thought you could make a weak commitment to Jesus and/or go light on sin and maintain a relationship with him?

            You can’t. You are going to have to recommit and work to keep that relationship going. Fortunately the Bible tells you how to do that.

            Sometimes you will have to fight the devil but never fear! Put the full armor of God on and follow Jesus’ commands to the letter and Satan will surrender spiritual control over you.

            You can even learn to cast him out once you marure spiritually in Jesus.

            Satan is trying to poison the well in your soul with a lot of lies and false teachings but Jesus can give you a whole new heart. Learn to guard it when you get it.

          • pud

            Demonstrate that there is a “god” that has standards. All you “care about” is an ancient book, a cult, and believing what you want to believe. You do not care for what is actually true.

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          I suggest you locate an online church and start attending regularly. So you can get your heart and mind washed by the water of the word.

          Faith is by hearing.

          Why are you worrying about others so much and casting aspersions on others’ characters. All people are sinners.

          Start taking charge of your own sins and give them to Jesus to forgive so you can begin a whole new life. Yes the devil will attempt to trip you up, tempt you and torment you.

          But you beat him at his own game by learning from Jesus and putting on the whole armor of God should be the first thing you learn.

          Put it on right and don’t grant the devil a foothold, ok.

          How can the devil keep a hold of you if you are fully determined to stay close to Jesus.

          He can never win if you actually learn from Jesus how to be his true disciple which is a doer of God’s Word.

          • pud

            Demonstrate that any such character as “jesus” or the “devil” actually exist.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            You should have left this blog a long time ago. It is patently obvious you are ineffective and powerless against a genuine Christian.

            Obsessed with brainwashing while you yourself constantly negatively obsess against believers. Many of these people you are against act with a lot more charity and kindness than you do so your animosity is senseless.

            Why be negatively obsessed against brainwashing if your own mind needs washing out with the truth?

            You have allowed yourself to remain mentally blind but refuse to realize it and leave God’s people alone.

            People who truly love God don’t give up on God for the reasoning of people like you that show evidence of having a depraved mind.

            Be more concerned about yourself and why your mind has solidified in depravity and be less concerned with changing people who are a lot more spiritually advanced than yourself.

            In other words ask God for some humility and until God graces you with this gift be quiet.

            You are stone cold spiritually blind and refused to understand God so now you are all upset and taking your emotions out on this blog.

            Unbelief is disobedience.

            Spiritually obedient people don’t listen to the spiritually disobedient.

            There is no spiritual blessing in that.

            So you are talking to people who know to ignore you when you go too far and pass the proper bounds of civility and polite discourse.

            You have no authority in the spiritual realm.

            None. Zero. Zilch.

            Do you like pissing into the wind? Are you really that depraved?

            Does it sound like Paul is talking to you here or about you:

            2 Cor. 4, ESV
            The Light of the Gospel

            4 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God,[a] we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice[b] cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants[c] for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – end verse

            The God of this world i.e. Satan has blinded you. Got that? And all the Christians know it so they are ignoring you. Rendering your doctrine of demons ineffective. You think like a spiritually blind depraved person but people just don’t know how to tell you.

            You are spiritually blind and out of your mind now and negatively obsessing and acting out on this blog. The only options that you have to get your sanity back is either repentance or appealing to God.

            Satan won’t turn you loose unless God makes Him but God has his standards.

            Pray fervently for God to give you some humility.

            Because anyone that rages at so many people kinder than himself is demonstrably out of his mind. You prove it every day you come onto this blog by calling various theists “lunatics” and you are persecuting Jesus by persecuting the Pastor with mockery. You are projecting your own lunacy on people who are saner than you and that fact ought to sober you up.

            Why should God listen to a detractor who allows the devil to blind and control him?
            Isn’t that even too weak willed for His standards?

            Better learn some humility or reverence for God or you stay depraved i.e. insane which means mentally and spiritually dysfunctional.

            Until you change your wicked ways I will be putting you on block but praying for you because such evil does not merit any social attention whatsoever but this is really bad for you because social isolation intensifies insanity.

            So please. Ask for love, humility and discernment from God so you can get your heart right with Him and be quiet until then and stop acting out on this blog. Seek God and ask for the gift of faith so some sanity can be restored to your soul.

            Aren’t you aware that the devil is making you twist scripture like crazy?

            Satan has brainwashed you. You were too weak willed against him to even put up a mental fight against him and now he owns your mind.

            So repent so God will grant you enlightenment! Now go and find that web church and hear the Gospel for a change. Faith is by hearing and you need faith mixed with the Word to have sinful thoughts washed from your head so some holy order can be restored to your heart.

            Your release from the mental prison Satan has put you in should be proof enough for you. It is proof enough for any sane, holy person.

            May His Grace Abound To You!

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          You want to know why obedience to God is important.

          Obedience to God

          1 John 5:5, NIV
          5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

          • pud

            Demonstrate that any “god” past or present ever actually existed/exists. You can make all the claims you want but if you can’t demonstrate the truth of your claims you’re just a ranting lunatic

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Nope. You’re the big loser if I demonstrate anything. You need to learn to seek on your own to establish your relationship with God and maintain it.

            I can’t maintain your relationship. Only tell you what worked for me and send you in the right direction and that’s a lot more than you knew before.

            Some people are smart enough to take God at His Word. It does have the ring of authentic authority.

            Only a person with the personality of a disobedient dog disobeys God.

            I am a sheepdog personality. Like Caleb in the Bible. Always ready to take a command from God and obey it. Caleb means sheepdog in Hebrew.

            Of course, I have the bulldog personality, too. Like David had. Always read to tear down something bigger than myself that thinks it can threaten God or His sheep.

            Dogs are always loving and loyal and the best dogs are obedient.

            If you want to identify with a disobedient ape, go ahead.

            But it will get you nowhere with God.

            You’re just asserting a false authority against people you don’t understand just like Saul did when he persecuted Christians. He had Stephen the first Christian martyr slayed.
            So when he said he was the chief of sinners he was only being honest.

            If you attack a Christian then you attacked God. God is our spiritual covering and we are all spiritual orphans without Jesus.

            Deuteronomy 28:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

            13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them,

          • pud

            Demonstrate that any “god” exists….otherwise you’re just babbling nonsense.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Well goodbye then. You’re not worthy of the good spiritual education because you obviously are self centered and haven’t figured out yet that you don’t run the whole show of salvation.

            Only God runs it and I only take orders from Him and try to do things His way.

            There is a headship line in Christianity y’know. It starts with God then flows to Jesus before flowing to the believer.

            Why would I take orders from someone out of the headship line?

            All Christians are Jews inwardly through a circumcision of the heart and we belong to the Tribe of Judah because headship is vested in the tribal leader and Jesus is the head of the Tribe of Judah so we are the Tribe of Judah just renamed Christian by the world.

            So if you don’t want to join the Tribe of Judah then stop attacking us.

            Go back to your own tribe. Unbelieving atheists. But don’t expect a spiritual blessing from God because blessings and obedience are connected to each other.

            Why do you keep taking your angst out on people. Get Jesus and let him establish some love, joy and peace in your heart or you stay living in insanity.

            You need to become a serious disciple of his because you need some serious order established in your inner being. Peace should be flowing from you like a river but only rebellion is….

            So make up your mind to start heeding and taking direction from God or else Satan will wag you like the tail of a dog.

            I hope this helps. Rebel against Satan and let Jesus break the chains.

            All the above is meant as good kindly counsel.

            The Bible is not debatable. It is God’s Word and His Word is not up for debate. Sin needs to be destroyed in mankind.

            So stop allowing Satan to fool you into misinterpreting God’s Word.

            He who is within me is greater than he who is in the world and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me including letting him get rid of the devil from my life once and for all.

            It really is a battle between God and Satan for every human heart and mind in this world.

            I am surprised you didn’t notice it.

          • pud

            Still waiting for you to DEMONSTRATE that ANY of your claims and assertions are actually true. Why are you so reluctant?

      • Aren’t you a “sinner” Susan Jane? Isn’t one of the commandments to not take the name of the Lord your God in vain? It doesn’t say claim that you are Elohim (God)?

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          I am not taking God’s name in vain.

          Elohim is the Family of God’s surname. I am just using it early as a member of God’s family.

          Is someone named Jesus using his name in vain?

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          No, I am a saint now and claiming the family surname early.

          God makes saints not the Catholic church’s canonization process.

          • pud

            You are insane. Like janitor jack you need mental health counselling.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            You are letting sin own you and the Old Slave Master Sin is subject to the devil and I’m insane?

            Better rethink that one.

            1 John 5:5 New International Version (NIV)

            5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

            Did you ever notice how many versions of the Bible there are?

            That means the Word of God is coursing through many human minds and some of those minds must be more holy and obedient and theologically accurate than others.

            You wouldn’t observe that though because you are too busy knuckling under to sin where the devil keeps a tight rein on you and can put bad thoughts into your mind making you doubt God’s personal love and rebel against Jesus.

            Well I am here to tell you, friend. There is no greater friend than Jesus and Satan has been busy a really long time in your heart and mind trying to undermine that revelation which is really self realization in you. If Satan can undermine your thinking then you will not manifest a godly identity in Christ. He knows this so he undermines you from identifying with and receiving Jesus so he can maintain his hold through sin on you.

            Love Jesus and he will make a really holy person out of you. One that can actually beat the devil.

            The disciples of Jesus cast demons out of people and there are still disciples of Jesus around today who can cast demons out of people. These are the people who learned to stand strong in the Lord. When they do that the devil has to flee.

            Jesus is the Stronger Man to Satan’s strong man which came to rob, kill and destroy.

            Jesus can always put Satan in his place and keep him there so you had better start paying attention to Jesus while there is still time for God to give you a whole new life.

            Take every thought captive to Jesus and obey him like a well trained soldier would and never underestimate His adversary Satan which is your enemy, too.

            Both Jesus and Satan are fighting for your heart and mind and if you stay a weak willed skeptic filled with doubt then Satan wins over you in this lifetime and you may have to spend many lifetimes in the Lake of Fire while God has you purified.

            Remember Isaiah. He couldn’t even be in God’s presence without his lips being purified by a brand.

            So ask God for enough wisdom for you to make the right decision. Seriously, why do you keep blaming God while you ignore Satan’s existence. At this time you have a highly questionable understanding of the scriptures. You have been projecting the devil’s nature onto God just like the devil wants you to do.

            So you are a very spiritually weak and sinful person. Admit it and let Jesus justify you!

            Don’t let Satan keep you on the hook for his crimes against humanity.

            The Best In Me, Marvin Sapp

        • Rational Human

          Hilariously, she uses the plural name for gods, a vestige of the polytheism in early Canaanite Hebrew religion.

          The word is identical to the usual plural of el, meaning gods or magistrates, and is cognate to the ‘l-h-m found in Ugaritic, where it is used for the pantheon of Canaanite gods, the children of El, and conventionally vocalized as “Elohim”. Most

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Oh you think God and His family should be mocked?

            Did you know when you mock a Christian believer or persecute them that you mock and persecute Jesus?

            Here’s the account look at it:

            Acts 9 ►i
            Berean Study Bible Par ▾
            The Road to Damascus
            (Acts 22:1-21; Acts 26:1-23)
            1Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out threats of murder against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2to ask for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women belonging to the Way, he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

            3As Saul drew near to Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”

            5“Who are You, Lord?” Saul asked.

            “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,”a He replied. 6“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

            7The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless. They heard the voice but did not see anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could not see a thing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9For three days he was without sight, and he did not eat or drink anything.

            Now the short explanation on the surname Elohim is this from the free ebook God’s Plan For All:

            Ephesians 3:14-15
            14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.

            This scripture confirms that the whole family in heaven and earth will bear the Family name of Father God, which is the name Elohim. It is an extremely exciting truth of the Bible, to know and believe that Father God, through His only begotten Son, is in the process of increasing His Family to ultimately include all men and angels, without a single exception, as His created and adopted sons of God. – end quote

            Now if you are so rational don’t you think you should have asked before mocking and shouldn’t Arthur have asked what the name meant before criticizing and finding fault?

            Do you really like being a slave to sin. It seems to bring out a nasty, mocking, criticizing, complaining, blaming and fault finding disposition in people that refuse to trust Jesus.

            I guess if I was the slave of Satan through sin that I would be angry and meddlesome with the more peace loving people all the time, too.

            I am sorry you allowed yourself to stay cursed by the disobedience of unbelief.

            Read Deuteronomy 28. Obedience brings blessings. Disobedience brings curses.

            Jesus brought the great blessing of spiritual birth to the world. Cf. John 3. But to this day many people refuse to receive that blessing.

            Maybe because they don’t really care to heed God and learn His perspective on the scriptures.

            I like being the apple of God’s eye so I adopted the spiritual family name early.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            What does it mean to be the apple of God’s eye?

            apple of God’s eye Question: “What does it mean to be the apple of God’s eye?”

            Answer: Several verses in the Bible mention “the apple of the eye.” This ancient metaphor is a reference to the “pupil” of the eye, which is exactly how some Bible translations render it. Here are three Old Testament uses of the phrase the apple of the eye:

            The wise father says to his son, “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye” (Proverbs 7:2).

            The psalmist prays, “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 17:8).

            And in Deuteronomy 32:10 Moses relates a poetic description of God’s care for Israel: “In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye.”

            At the risk of getting a little word-nerdy, let’s look at some of the Hebrew behind the phrase. The “apple” in the apple of the eye is a translation of the Hebrew word for “apple,” ishon, which is related to the word ish, meaning “man.” Etymologically, the ishon of the eye is “the little man of the eye.” Have you ever looked someone in the eye and seen your own reflection in their pupil? That’s the “little man,” right in the center of the eye.

            The apple of one’s eye is a very sensitive place and therefore very protected. Think about your own eye for a moment. What happens if something flies in it or toward it? Your eyelids reflexively close, your head turns, and your hands position themselves to ward off the threat. Our eyesight is valuable, and our body naturally protects that vulnerable spot to prevent injury.

            So, the instruction in Proverbs 7:2 is to hold godly wisdom in high regard as the valuable thing it is. The prayer in Psalm 17:8 is for God to keep guard over us as He would the pupil of His own eye. And the description of God’s care for His people in Deuteronomy 32:10 emphasizes Israel’s vulnerability and God’s tender, loving affection. God provided complete protection; His people were a priority. In the “howling wilderness,” God provided manna for them to eat, water from a rock, and safety from their enemies. His care was as automatic as if He were guarding the center of His eye from harm. What a loving God we serve.

            God held the Israelites as the apple of His eye, rebellious and stiff-necked though they were in the wilderness. Being the apple of His eye, they were most cherished. And God’s care for His people has not diminished with time. He holds His children close, and He can protect us as easily as our eyelids protect our pupils. He does this because He loves us in Christ. He has a parental, protective love for us, and the biblical descriptions of His love are eye-opening, to say the least.

            The above from gotquestions dot org

  • Susan Jane Elohim

    God probably chose you Pastor because He could see from the foundation of the world that you would actually be a doer of the word.

    God bless you, Pastor, and keep you!

    What does it mean to be a Doer of the Word?
    Some explanations from a godly person like you are, Pastor. Right here:
    Doers of the Word

    Thank you for being godly and God loving, Pastor, you are an inspiration to the people paying attention and actually trying to understand God.

    All glory and honor to the Most High God!

    May He lift you up today!

    • Hi Susan Jane, or is it Matthew 22?

      Elohim is one of the Hebrew names for God. So why are you calling yourself Susan Jane Elohim? Do you think that you are God? Is all “glory an honor” to be given to you? You’re delusional, aren’t you?

      • Susan Jane Elohim

        Well please do not send me any more posts.

        I see you like to twist things. I never ever told anyone to give me glory.

        But it is true. Jesus said so to Saul. If you attack a Christian then you are persecuting Jesus because Christians are members of the corporate body of Christ.

        Obviously the Pastor who could call himself Jack Elohim as a child of God did not read me for a bad motive.

        So I guess you let Satan make you make that false overly critical statement about me.

        Cya. There is no need to subject myself to criticism from people who do it unfairly.

    • Jack Wellman

      excellent site Pastor Briscoe is always spot on the mark. Thank you.

  • Susan Jane Elohim

    Bible / Our Library / Dictionaries / Quick Reference Dictionary / Unbelief
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    Encyclopedias – International Standard Bible Encyclopedia – Unbelief


    The word (the King James Version) represents two Greek words, apeitheia, “disobedience” (only in Romans 11:30,32; Hebrews 4:6,11), and apistia, “distrust,” the antithesis to “faith”. (which see). The two words are not only akin etymologically but run into one another by mental connection, certainly where spiritual relations are concerned, as between man and God. For when God has spoken, in precept and yet more in promise, distrust involves, at least potentially, an element of disobedience. His supreme claim is to be trusted to command only what is right, and to promise only what is true. He is infinitely sympathetic in His insight, and infallibly knows where distrust comes only of the dim perceptions and weak mis-givings of our mortal nature, and where, on the other hand, a moral resistance lies at the back of the non-confidence. But the presence of that darker element is always to be suspected, at least, and searched for in serious self-examination.

    We may remark that it is a loss in our language that “unbelief” is the only word we can use as the antithesis to “faith”; for “faith” and “belief” (which see) are not exactly synonyms. “Unfaith” would be a welcome word for such use, if it were generally so understood.

    Handley Dunelm

    Disobedience is the root of unbelief. More here:

  • Susan Jane Elohim

    Yes, Pastor, God saw you before you were even born, loved you and made a doer of the Word out of you.

    1 John 4:19, New American Standard Bible:

    We love, because He first loved us.

    J. Vaughan said:

    The love of all who love God is a consequence of God’s love to them.

    I. By an act of creative power. All love in the heart is a creation; and whom God loves, in them He creates love to Him. It might be enough to see that, but we may trace the creation. First, by moral cause and effect. There is always an inclination to love those who we believe love us. If you believe God loves you, it is a sure effect that you will try to love Him; it is a part of the ordinary constitution of our nature. It is so wonderful a thing that the great God should indeed love a poor miserable sinner that whenever it is really brought home to the heart and conscience it awakens heavenly affections.

    II. And now mark, it must be believed and felt. Many have a general sense of the love of God, but they cannot believe that He personally loves them; and yet till this is done nothing is done. You will not love God until you are quite sure that God specially and individually loves you.

    III. But then this feeling cannot be produced by any natural process, by any reasoning whatever. Therefore the way by which God’s love produces our love is altogether spiritual. Where God loves the Holy Ghost comes and shows us that love of God.

    IV. Hence we arrive at the fourth reason of mutual love in a believer’s heart. It is a necessity: the love of God has shone there, and it must reflect itself. And the reflection of God’s love to the soul is that soul’s love—first to God, then to the Church, and then to every creature.

    J. Vaughan, Fifty Sermons, 8th series, p. 188.