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Regeneration

 

“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers —so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’” – Luke 16:19-31.

“If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”

HOW OFTEN HAVE we heard people say, “If only I could hear the audible voice of God, see some miracle (that would defy the laws of science) or have some indisputable evidence before me, then I would believe in Him”, but such scenarios would prove to be ineffective; they would not believe until their hearts were changed.

Recall the miracles performed by Christ in certain villages, yet the people continued in unbelief (John 12:37; Luke 10:13). There is absolutely no hope whatsoever in believing God unless He first opens the heart like He did with Lydia (Acts 16:14). We shall certainly die eternally in our sins if God does not breathe His Life into these ‘dry bones’. It is with the regenerate heart that one believes and the evidence of a life that is converted (turned around) to God is the greatest miracle we shall ever see – not Jesus walking on water, turning water into wine or even physically raising a person from the dead. It is a crying shame that much of modern Christendom is crazed over miraculous physical healing, as if that would provide sufficient evidence to convince a sin-enslaved soul to turn to God. You can have as much spiritual phenomena you want that would turn many heads in amazement, but not hearts, in churches that are riddled with heresy. Satan is all too pleased to counterfeit the authentic in order to keep souls from the One True Light.

It is the Word of God spoken in the power of the Holy Spirit to any soul dead in sin that awakens them and opens their eyes. Where darkness reigned, Light triumphantly takes it place; where death ruled, Life takes preeminence. It is a wonder to see and such a mystery to behold that angels long to understand its depth. Shouldn’t that be our standard; shouldn’t that be our one aim in seeing the power of God displayed by turning rebellious and sin-hardened hearts unto Himself? Even if no physical miracles were to take place, would we be just as, if not more enthralled to see hearts changed and desiring to embrace our Lord and Saviour; lives living obediently unto Him that brings Life in abundance?

Reblogged from Shade of the Moriah Tree (which I highly recommend)
http://shadeofthemoriahtree.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/if-they-do-not-hear/#comment-1990