"Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them." - Mark 4:12
I have wondered how educated and intelligent people could hear the truth and yet be unable to comprehend it, accept it nor apply it to their life. It has puzzled me for many years. You can say something very clearly and yet they cannot fathom it. You can break it down so that even a small child could understand it and yet, they will twist it, misinterpret it and state it back to you completely different than what you said. While you are talking about a red ball, they hear that you said green, yellow or some other color that is completely different than what you actually said. In some cases, they cannot even correctly identify that you were talking about a ball!
I was drawn to this scripture and suddenly it hit me! They will never get it. They will never understand. They will twist what was said. They will misinterpret it. They will even lie about it. The devil has them and only God can break them free. It's not within my power. It's not within my authority. It's not within my ability. They don't even realize that they belong to the devil and why should they? The devil isn't going to let them know that he has them until they have passed away. Many will claim that they do not believe in heaven nor hell. These same people will claim that they don't believe in God nor the devil. One day they will.
The great commission states that we are to go into all the world and spread the gospel or good news. Some will be elated with the good news and some won't be. It's not my job to determine who will and who won't. It's not my job to force anyone. It's not my job to determine who I should talk to. It's my job to share. It's my job to understand that not all of the people will get it. Not all of the people will understand. Not all of the people will accept the truth. As I have said before, there are people who would rather be lied to especially if it fits with their opinion. The Bible tells us that narrow is the way and that there will be few who find it. The Bible doesn't state that there will be many who find it, it says "few who find it". I don't know who is included in that "few". I have no way of knowing who will and who won't. It's not my job to determine who will and who won't, that's God's job. He is infinitely more skilled and capable than I am of determining who is and whoisn't.
The Bible tells me that I shall know them by their fruit. It doesn't say that I will know them by their words. It doesn't say that I will have to guess. It states that I will KNOW them by their fruit, in other words, their actions and their life. Now in some cases it's very easy because they will say things that are clearly contrary to scripture. In some cases, it's a little more difficult. In some cases, it is nearly impossible for a mere human being to know whether they are or not. Regardless of whether we can know or not, it's still up to God to decide. I can make posts and talk about scripture but, as scripture tells us, the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.
Once again I find that I have to trust God that He will take care of not only me but, those who believe that the cross is foolishness.