David said, “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments” (Psa. 119:10).
Many religious folks talk about “heart-felt” faith and about seeking after God “with all my heart,” but “they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they confidently affirm” (1 Tim. 1:7). This is seen in the case of those who speak derisively and disparagingly about “seeking to find God between the pages of a book.” When faced with the fact that their doctrines and practices are human traditions, the inventions of men, they smugly and confidently assert that their faith is “spiritual and deeply imbedded in my heart, and not in the keeping of commandments.” They assure us they have “more confidence that Jesus is in my heart than you do that he is in your commandments.”
But note the Psalm above. Assuredly, one must seek God with his “whole heart.” Certainly, we must let Christ “dwell in (our) hearts by faith” (Eph 3:17). But how does “faith” (through which Christ dwells in our hearts) come? “Faith cometh by hearing,” by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). So, one must seek God and faith in him “between the pages of a book,” the Bible.
Further, after David spoke of seeking God with his whole Holy Vible heart, he said, “O let me not wander from thy commandments.” Let that sink in. The Spirit connects whole hearted seeking and service to God with one’s not wandering from the commandments of the Lord.
Therefore, those who would divorce “whole hearted faith in God” from “keeping commandments” are separating that which the Holy Spirit joined together, and we would remind them that “what God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” God joined whole hearted faith and trust in him with the keeping of his commandments. Those who would sever them do so at their own peril (Matt. 7:21-27).
Why Isn’t Everyone Saved?
(1) Grace: “The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11). (2) Love: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son” (Jn. 3:16). (3) Death of Christ: “Jesus…taste(d) death for every man” (Heb. 2:9).
God’s grace and love sent Jesus to die on the cross for every man (Rom. 3:24; 5:6-8). However, not everyone is saved (Matt. 7:13, 14, 21-23). Why not? If grace, love and the death of Christ saves, why is not everyone saved?
The answer is that God’s gifts of forgiveness and eternal life are conditionally received (Rom. 1:16; 2:4; 5:1; 6:17, 18, 23; 10:9, 10). Man cannot earn his salvation. God does not owe us the forgiveness of sins. We do not deserve his love and mercy, “but God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Jesus died that we might be forgiven through his blood (Matt. 26:28; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19).
Sin brings death (Rom. 6:23; Jas. 1:13-15). Christ, though, “hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim. 1:10). “But, if that is true, why is not everyone saved?” Again, one must comply with terms or conditions of pardon. One must “believe” in order to be saved. The gospel is God’s power to save, but it will not save the man who will not believe (Jn. 3:36; 8:24; Rom. 1:16). God’s goodness will not save the man who will not repent (Lk. 13:3; Acts 17:30; Rom. 2:4). The blessings of grace are conditionally received!
Yes, the gift of God is eternal life, but it is only given unto “them that obey him” (Matt. 7:21; Rom. 6:17, 18; Heb. 5:9). The question is: “Have you obeyed him?” If not, please do so, for he will take vengeance on them “that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 2:6-11; 2 Thess. 1:8).