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When You Seek God, and He Cannot Be Found
This means there is a time when men cannot find God. Consider the following:
#1. When people turn their hearts away from Him and will not hear what he has to say.
Deut. 30:17-18 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. (KJV)
1 Samuel 28:6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. (KJV)
1 Chron. 10:13-14 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; 14 And enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse. (KJV)
Psalm 95:7-11 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. 10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: 11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. (KJV)
Jeremiah 11:10-12 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers. 11 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them. 12 Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble. (KJV)
Matthew 12:13-15 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. 14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. 15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; (KJV)
#2. When people mock God and ridicule His dealings until disaster strikes.
Proverbs 1:25-33 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. (KJV)
#3. When people are too proud and stubborn to humble themselves before Him. (Numbers chapter 16).
#4. When people think they can fool God, judgment shall fall.
Acts 5:1-11 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. (KJV)
5. When they die in sin, as unbelievers.
Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV) . . . There is NO second chance to accept Jesus after you die! There is NO purgatory! All decisions MUST be made in THIS life on Earth! You are NOT promised a tomorrow, so it is wise to believe God, and accept Jesus TODAY! 1 John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV) . . . My dear friend . . . JESUS has the ONLY key to Heaven! John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
#6. When People blaspheme, or ridicule the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 12:31-32 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (KJV) . . . Wherefore I say unto you . . . when the Lord uses these words, a very hard lesson follows. But I say unto you: (Mat.5:22,28,32,34.39,44; 11:22,24; 12:6,36; 17:12; 26:29; Mk.9:13; Lk.6:27; 10:12; Jn.6:36).
All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men . . . (Mk.3:29). Blasphemy is brazenness, contempt, disrespect, impertinence, irreverence and sacrilege against Almighty God. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit here condemned, is the evil speech just made by the Pharisees, in which a work performed by the Holy Spirit was attributed to Satan. This sin is most likely what John refers to when he says: 1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. (KJV) . . . Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit was giving credit to the miracles of Jesus to Satanic influence and assistance, when they were done by the Spirit of God, of which the Pharisees themselves were aware. They say that the Jews have a saying, that God pardons all sins except lasciviousness (lust; immorality, exciting sexual desires), but this is NOT what Jesus says.
But the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, shall not be forgiven unto men . . . I do not think this particular sin is possible today because Jesus is no longer on Earth performing miracles through the Holy Spirit. But, I do think that there is definitely an "unpardonable" sin that can be committed in today’s world. I think that it is resisting the Holy Spirit by way of denying the deity of Christ, denying that He is God; resisting Him in the Gospel; knowingly and willfully committing sin . . . to name a few. I think that it is a despiteful usage of the Spirit of grace, by opposing, contradicting and denying the things done by Him, the doctrines revealed by Him, going against a man's own light and conscience, out of willful and stubborn hatred and malice. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, in today’s world, is resisting the Holy Spirit: (Acts 5:9; Rom.2:4; Eph.4:30; 1 Thes.5:19; Heb.10:26-29; 1 Jn.5:16).
Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (KJV) . . . And whosoever speaketh a word against the son of man . . . the statement that all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven of men, is NOT a declaration of universal pardon. Both here and in Mark 3:28-30, Jesus states the awful nature of the sin of which they had been guilty. That sin was the sin against the Holy Ghost. It consisted in charging Jesus with being in league with the devil, or accusing Him with working His miracles, not by the spirit or power of God, but by the help of the prince of the devils. It was a direct insult, disregard and evil speaking, against the Holy Spirit, the power by which Jesus worked His miracles. That this was what He meant by this sin, at that time, is clear from Mark. Mark 3:30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit. (KJV) . . . All other sins speaking against the Saviour Himself might be forgiven . . . but THIS sin was clearly against the Holy Spirit, alleging that the highest displays of God's mercy and power were the work of the devil; and therefore, were the highest depravity of mind. All manner of sin, shall be forgiven . . . but, ONLY on the condition that men repent and believe. IF they stubbornly continue in sin, they CANNOT be forgiven (Mk.16:16; Rom.2:2-9). It is true, according to the Bible, that all manner of sin and blasphemy, with the one exception stated above, can be forgiven, among the multitude of sins forgiven through Christ.
It shall be forgiven him . . . through the grace of God, the Blood and mediation of Christ, under the application of the blessed Holy Spirit.
But whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost . . . in the sense before stated,It shall not be forgiven him . . . NOT because the Holy Ghost is greater than Christ; or for want of effectiveness in the Blood of Christ; or because God cannot pardon it; but because such persons willfully, maliciously and stubbornly OPPOSE the Spirit of God, without Whom there can be NO application of pardon made; because they remain hard of heart, and given over to a reprobate mind (Rom.1:28; 2 Tim.3:8), and die in impenitence and unbelief (Jn.3:18,36; 8:24; Heb.2:3; 1 Jn.5:10), for there is NO forgiveness for unbelief (Mat.25:41-46; Lk.16:23; Rev.20:15).
Neither in this world, nor in the world to come . . . world is by most scholars rendered age. Whether "this age" and "the age to come" means the Jewish age which then was, and the Christian age which was to come; or the age of time, and the coming age of eternity, is not clear. It does not matter, for this sin remains forever unforgiven; for the Christian age extends to the Day of Judgment, and beyond that there is no forgiveness. To be guilty of sin that never shall be forgiven, whether it be the sin that is unpardonable, or merely sin that is not pardoned, is to be eternally miserable. This surely is sufficient proof of everlasting punishment. You do NOT want unforgiveness, for that means an eternal Hell!
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