God’s Corrective Lenses

Sermons

Heathens are always saying things like “If God wanted us to believe in Him so bad why doesn’t He show Himself for us to see” or “ show me some proof that God exists and I will believe”. These statements could not be more proud, arrogant, entitled or ignorant.

“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” Romans 8:24

The Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith and if what we are supposed to have faith in to be saved (Jesus Christ) is something that is seen how can it be faith? If God just pulled back the firmament of the Heavens and showed Himself to the world seated on His throne would it be possible to be saved by faith anymore? Everyone would believe God is real at that point but there would be no more room for faith or trust. The Bible teaches us that God does not have to go this far for us to see evidence that He is real, with all of the miracles that He has done and created the only thing He basically only stops shy of rolling back the firmament and appearing to the whole earth on His throne in Heaven:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalms 19:1
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Romans 1:20

This still is not good enough proof for some people. They believe that God owes them an explanation so they continue to doubt. Even people that walked with Jesus on earth doubted Him after His resurrection. Thomas the apostle would not believe Jesus rose from the dead until he physically touched His wounds:

“27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:27-29

Nowhere does it say Thomas went to Hell because he had to witness Jesus personally to believe He rose from the dead but if Jesus did not appear to him personally and he lived doubting this truth then yes he would have went to Hell. Some people do get more in depth experiences with Jesus before they are saved, that is just how He does it with some people and others may not get the same experience when they become saved, it doesn’t mean He is not present it just is the way it happens. There are numerous testimonies of Jesus appearing to severely lost people like Apostle Paul who end up becoming born again on the spot. We have testimonies in our church similar to this. This is His Grace and it is His to use however He sees fit but the key is that faith still needs to be kept after these experiences because the devil will stop at nothing to convince someone that their genuine experience with Jesus was not real or just some kind of sensationalism. The important thing is that you do not wait until you see a sign like this to repent and turn to Him because if that is the case it probably is not coming and your lack of faith will send you to Hell.

“A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.” Matthew 16:4

The Bible tells us over and over we are saved by our faith. God owes us nothing. It won’t be long and we won’t have the opportunity to have faith anymore because once Jesus returns where the whole world will see Him at once that is the end of putting your faith in Him because the whole world will see with their very eyes that He is real. Blind faith is really not blind, we have eyes to see and we can see God all around us through His miracles and creation. To the world it is blind but to us it is new and perfect sight through God’s spiritual corrective lenses.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

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