Wednesday, July 2, 2008

No One Is Beyond Hope

"In the 1970s, the late David Watson described how in speaking at an English university he had talked to one girl who had the reputation as 'the toughest girl in the university.' She had slept around freely and taken every drug on the campus. Outwardly she didn't care about anything and seemed quite hardened against the Christian faith. He recounted how, after one of his evangelistic talks, she came up to him, smoking a cigarette, to say that she had trusted Christ as her Savior and Lord. His immediate reaction: 'Time will tell.'

The next night she returned and he hardly recognized her as being the same person. She told how she'd spent most of the day crying. For years, she explained, in spite of her toughness and hardness, she felt deeply guilty. No one would have guessed it, but on that Sunday night all her guilt had been coming out and she was overwhelmed by the love of Jesus. She could not really believe that He loved her and had died for her and had taken away her sins. She found it incredible that God would forgive all her wickedness and keep no record of her wrongs."
-Alistair Begg, What Angels Wish They Knew

4 comments:

dangoldfinch said...

Philip,

Do the non-elect have hope?

jerry

Philip@ReformedVoices said...

I don't know who the non-elect are. So I can say that "no one is beyond hope" in the sense that no matter how bad, corrupt, vile, or sinful a person may be, they are not beyond God's ability to have mercy on them. Whether God will have mercy on someone or not, is up to Him.

God bless,

dangoldfinch said...

Philip,

Thanks for clearing that up. :)

But strictly speaking, if God knows who the non-elect are, then I suppose they are rather without hope aren't they? You don't have to answer. I do appreciate this post and the work you are doing here. Thanks again.

jerry

Philip@ReformedVoices said...

Yes, from God's side, the non-elect are technically beyond hope simply by God's sovereign determination. Since we don't know who that group may be, we cannot look to a person caught up in terrible sins and then conclude that they are beyond hope based upon there sinful behavior, for we don't know what God may do in them. "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick."