How ignorant are we?

Ecclesiastes 6:11,12
In the best conditions of earthly happiness, there is a craving for some unpossessed gain.

People never attain to the end of their desires. We never reach a state of satisfaction. There always seems to be a goal that is always before us.

We find there is no anchor in this life to stay the soul on the troubled sea of life, but immortal hope, the apostle Paul stated “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: (II.Tim.1:10)

If we do not have the hope of Christ, we are drifting into darkness and into fear.

So many have no safe harbor where they can be sheltered till the indignation be over past “ Who can tell ” (v.12) what the next day may hold for us.

There are things that lie beyond the scope of human knowledge. First, The nature of the divine. Job ask the question “Canst thou by searching find our God,” (Job 11:7) Are we able to define God as a Spirit? Yes according to (Jh.4:24) “God is a Spirit.”

We may be able to ascribe to God attributes of omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, David stated in (Ps.139:6) “Such knowledge is to wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot not attain unto it.”

Secondly, The mystery of the Incarnation. The apostle Paul stated in (II.Tim.3:16) “Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh” To show that Jesus Christ was “Emmanuel, God with us” (Mt.1:23) may not surpass the power of mans understanding, to give an adequate view of the way in which, in Christ the human and Divine natures were and are united, Jesus said “ That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee.” (Jh.17:21)

Thirdly, The contents of the atonement. Jesus bore the sins of men so as to atone for their guilt and destroy the power of evil, according to the apostle Peter “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.” (I.Pt.2:2)

May I ask the question? what was it in Christ’s “obedience unto death” that constituted the propitiation for our sins, this question is one of those secret things that belongs to God Almighty.

Fourthly, The movements of the Spirit. John stated “Thou canst not tell whence it cometh, or whither it goeth; { Wind } so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” (Jh.3:8) The Holy Spirit is the Author of regeneration and inspiration and is perfectly patent to the understanding of the Christian.

The theory that shall adequately explain how the Spirit renews or inspires the soul has not yet been clarified.

Fifthly, The events of the future.“Who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?” or even what shall be on the morrow, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” (Prov.27:1)

There are things that lie within the scope of knowledge.
First, the character of God. The Ninevites could not tell whether Jehovah would be gracious to them “Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? “ (Jonah 3:9)

We can tell from the revelation of scripture, and especially from the teaching of Christ, that God is love, and willeth not the death of any.

Secondly. The Divinity of Christ. Human reason is perfectly qualified to decide upon the question whether Jesus of Nazareth belong to the category of common men, or whether he was a new order of man broken in upon the ordinary line of the human race.

The evidence for such a decision has been provide, and any one who seriously wishes can arrive at a just conclusion.

Thirdly, The work of the Saviour. This also has been fully discovered in the Scripture. Jesus came to reveal the Father (Jh.14:9), to atone for sin (Mt.20:28), to exemplify holiness (I.Pt.2:21) and to establish the kingdom of heaven on earth (Mt.16:18)

Fourthly, The fruits of the Spirit. If a man can not always judge whether the Spirit is in his own or another heart, he should be at no loss to tell whether the Spirit’s fruits, which are “love, j”oy, peace (Gal5:22) are discernible in his neighbour’s life.

Fifthly, The goal of the future. There is two gates and two paths that a person must travel down, which gate will you walk through, which path will you walk down?

One leads to eternal darkness, one leads to eternal life. You must travel one of these routes, the apostle Peter said to his Christian brethren “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” (II.Pt.1)

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