“Then Pashur [a priest and chief governor in the house of the LORD who heard Jeremiah] smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.” (Jeremiah 20:2)
“They took Jeremiah and cast him into the dungeon…And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.” (Jeremiah 38:6)
There are some careers that guarantee rejection and trouble. A customer service worker is a job or career that was invented for abuse. A salesperson must accept at the beginning of this career that he or she will see rejection more than success. Those who choose the arts for a career must also make up their mind to persevere through rejection after rejection after rejection.
A calling that guarantees rejection and trouble is the call of God. Whether God calls one to the office of preacher, pastor, evangelist, prophet, Christ-ian school teacher, etc. God’s call is a call to holiness, upright public living, blessedness, oneness with Him, excitement, and to be sure, Trouble with a capital T. So often acceptance by God equates to rejection by man. Paul said one cannot please God and man at the same time. Christ tells us the cold truth that one cannot serve God and mammon. The man of God, like Noah, is called to condemn the world by his holy lifestyle. So you can see that a man of God is called to a life of trouble 24/7. However, a life spent with God is worth it all (as the hymn says) and those that live their life in God’s Prescence will tell you.
There are other ways a man of God will get himself into trouble. The number one way a man of God gets into trouble is by telling the Bible truth to the mixed multitude in the church of man.
This writer has gotten himself into trouble with the church of man and believes he remains in trouble by teaching a basic Bible truth. What Bible truth would that be? The truth that God does not love everyone…the truth that God does not love everyone. We repeated this truth as to make the point that we mean what we say or write. There is not a single passage that declares God’s love to every single person. While it is true that rain and sunshine falls upon the gardens of the just and unjust it does not mean God loves everyone, but that the unjust are benefited greatly by God’s love for His own.
One might think that John 3:16 is a deathblow to the Biblical truth of God’s exclusive love. It is not. To understand John 3:16 one should compare 1 John 2:2,Galatians 2:9, and Revelation 5:9.
In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world…” In 1 John 2:2 it is stated, “Christ died not for our sins only but for the sins of the whole world.”
After reading words like this how could anyone say that God does not love everyone? The only person that would still say “God does not love everyone” is the person that understands how to study Scripture, and who is open to God’s truth; even to the point of being forsaken by others.
Before one takes a stand upon a perceived Biblical truth one must ask certain questions.
- Who is speaking?
- Who is being spoken to?
The answers to the above questions are as follows: In John 3:26 we see our Lord speaking to Nicodemus, a Jew. In 1 John 2:2 John is speaking to Jews. In Galatians 2:9 we find a key. Here we find that there is an agreement made. Peter, James, and John would minister to the Circumcision or the Jews and Paul would minister to the Gentiles.
With the above being laid out, one can see that The Lord is telling Nicodemus that God loves the Gentile world as well as the Jewish world, as the Jews thought that God was their God alone. Then in 1 John 2:2 we see John, an apostle to the….Jews saying to the Jews that Christ did not die for the Jew only, but for the whole non-Jewish world. If these facts are not enough, let me give you Scriptures definition of world. In Revelation 5:9, “…for [T]hou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by [T]hy [B]lood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Let us now look at some verses. Turn your Bible to Psalm 5:5, as I want you to see this for yourself.
Psalm 5:5 “…[T]hou hatest all workers of iniquity.” Many teach that God hates the sin yet loves the sinner, but does Scripture support that teaching?
John 17:9, “I (the Lord Jesus) pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which [T]hou hast given [M]e; for they are [T]hine.”
Proverbs 8:17,” I love them that love [M]e… ” So if one does not love God one is not loved of God.
1 John 4:19, “We love [H]im, because [H]e first loved us.” Think of the negative side of this truth. If a person loves not God it is because God did not love him first.
Another passage that those who are” untaught” turn to in order to support their “God loves everyone” false teaching is 2 Peter 3:9; “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Again, how could someone disagree with the teaching that God loves everyone if God is not willing that any should perish? One that could still disagree with this all-inclusive teaching is one that is honest and reads the whole verse. Read the first part of 2 Peter 3:9;” The Lord is not slack concerning [H]is promises, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any [of us] should perish but that all of [us] should come to repentance.” The same questions from above that define a truth are applicable here. Who is speaking and to whom is he speaking? In 2 Peter 3:9 Peter is speaking to those who are already saved. Therefore, the teaching is that God was not willing that any of us (believers) should perish but that all of us would come to repentance. This deals with God’s elect that are still in the world. This world will not end until each and every person, for Whom Christ died, comes to Christ.
The Scriptural teaching on God’s exclusive love does not diminish His capacity to love. It exalts and give context to the exacting nature that God has for you, the individual Christ-ian. This exclusive love supports the truth that if you were the only person on earth Christ would have died for you. This Scriptural teaching gives greater power (in our eyes) to the promises of God to us-ward. This teaching tells each and every Christ-ian that God loves YOU in a special way.
Those that vehemently oppose or hate the Scriptural teaching on God’s exclusive love will say that those who know the exclusive love of God are prideful. This will prove my next point. They suffer from a coldness that is between themselves and God. They, of course, would violently disagree with that statement, but that is because they do not know any better. Those who have experienced and do experience God’s exclusive love are humbled and made eternally thankful for His love and the knowledge thereof.
Christ-ian, God does not love everyone but He does love you; He did not die and rise again for everyone, but He did for you….rejoice evermore and again I say rejoice.