Them That Are Without
For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge
them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore
put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
(1 Corinthians 5:12-13)
A short while ago, while at the birthday party of a professing Christian,
a door of opportunity was opened for me to witness to, it turned out to
be, an agnostic who stated that all roads lead to God, a smoking, drinking
lady charismatic who stated "you are so judgmental; S.o.o legalistic" and
an Italian gentleman who naturally was proud of being a Roman Catholic.
You can imagine that we had quite a torrid time together, to the extent
that all the other party goers, including the host, professing Christians
and pagans, hurriedly left the scene.
You can imagine that it was rather difficult to face three accusers at
once and try and explain God's truths at the same time. However, even though
I only have one mouth and though after a while the Catholic stumped off
after reviling me about the subject of this article, certain of God's truths
were made known and the people concerned were shown. On that day
they cannot plead ignorance before God.
Also the fact that I was reviled by all three I count as a blessing and
thank God for the words of Jesus:
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you,
and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you
falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is
your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before
However, when stating that certain people had no hope of reaching heaven,
of repenting, mentioning Esau, they all wanted to talk together. The charismatic
angrily retorted that this was Old Testament and didn't apply today because
Jesus loves us; until it became apparent that the words quoted came from
the New Testament:
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root
of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for
one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward,
when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found
no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
The Roman Catholic stated that God would accept anyone that came to Him
and would turn none away, then walked off in disgust.
The next day, after a prompting of the Holy Spirit with the phrase "would
have all come to a knowledge of the truth", it was realised that this prompting
had to be followed through.
While the following scripture is still not fully understood by this author,
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
(1 Corinthians 14:32)
an attempt will be made to give an unbiased teaching with the scriptures
The following scriptures seem to show that God will accept anybody that
comes to Him:
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for
all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in
the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and
to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God,
and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself
a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
(1 Timothy 2:1-6)
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee
the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD:
and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
While the agnostic believes that all roads lead to God; and Roman Catholics,
that if we become Catholics we will know the truth and be saved, we know
that we will be saved only if we follow God's rules.
Expanding on the Ezekiel passage:
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity
of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the
righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of
the wicked shall be upon him. But if the wicked will turn from all his
sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which
is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions
that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness
that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked
should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from
his ways, and live? But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness,
and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations
that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness
that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath
trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. Yet
ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel;
Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? When a righteous man
turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth
in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the
wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed,
and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that
he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. Yet saith the
house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are
not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal? Therefore I will judge you,
O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD.
Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity
shall not be your ruin.
Expanding on the passage in John:
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father,
the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal
life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which
thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own
self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have
manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:
thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of
thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they
have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee,
and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray
not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are
So we see that God would have all men come to the knowledge of the truth,
but that it is man's choice as to whether he follows God's rules or not.
After all, this is why the Bible was created in the first place - that
all may come to know Him who created all things, including us.
It is very important to note from the passage in I Timothy that our
prayers can affect the salvation of others. I know a man whose mother prayed
for him for over twenty five years and he met Jesus Christ through the
Holy Spirit when in his fifties.
Does God ever state that He chooses who He will?
Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be
king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the
voice of the words of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember
that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him
in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly
destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman,
infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. And Saul gathered the
people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen,
and ten thousand men of Judah. And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid
wait in the valley. And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you
down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed
kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt.
So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. And Saul smote the Amalekites
from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against
Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed
all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared
Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings,
and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy
them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed
utterly. Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth
me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from
following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel;
and he cried unto the LORD all night. And when Samuel rose early to meet
Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and,
behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone
down to Gilgal. And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed
be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in
mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They
have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of
the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the
rest we have utterly destroyed. Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I
will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto
him, Say on. And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own
sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel,
and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel? And the LORD sent thee on
a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites,
and fight against them until they be consumed. Wherefore then didst thou
not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst
evil in the sight of the LORD? And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed
the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and
have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things
which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy
God in Gilgal. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in
burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold,
to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the
fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness
is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word
of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
(1 Samuel 15:1-23)
Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel,
against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will
punish you for all your iniquities.
Doesn't this mean that all others are not recognised by God and He doesn't
care what happens to them?
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee,
O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things
from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so,
Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the
god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest
the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should
shine unto them.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth
of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope,
and without God in the world:
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which
are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13)
The answer seems to lie in this passage of scripture:
For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara
shall have a son. And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived
by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being
not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of
God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written,
Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is
there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses,
I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion
on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth,
nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the
scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised
thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be
declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will
have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto
me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but,
O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say
to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the
potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour,
and another unto dishonour?
Like the people wanting to know about the timing of the Rapture; surely
this subject is also a mystery that we must leave to God until the time
comes for Him to show us.
Let us carry on with that which we can understand to do; feed His sheep.
However, let's continually pray for those we know and whose salvation we
are concerned about, because He promises that He hears our supplications.
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how
unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For
who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or
who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom
be glory for ever. Amen.