I heard a great teaching last night on who Christ died for. He died for “his elect”, not for the world as has been taught for so long in churchs. I, myself, had felt confusion because one person says to share the Word with people, and they make a decision to come to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what I thought was the truth. Then someone came along to burst my bubble and I learned something new.
Pastor John MacArthur, in his Grace To You video entitled, “For Whom Did Christ Die?(Selected Scriptures)”, explained that God chooses people that Jesus watches over. We are chosen. Christ died on the cross for his chosen people’s sins, not everyone’s sins in the whole, wide world! At about 20 minutes into the video, Pr. MacArthur starts making it clear, that Jesus did not die for the whole world. Then at approximately 36 minutes, he shares scripture, from the book of John. This is the one that hit me the hardest:
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. – John 17:9
Jesus prays for “them which thou hast given me”, and this seals the deal for me.
John MacArthur goes on to explain how we get our belief from God. We wouldn’t be capable by our own humanity to believe in the Lord Jesus. So this tells me that we couldn’t believe on Him, without His gift of belief, of growing our faith, of being the author and finisher of our faith, as it says in Hebrews:
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2
So as a child while I was not told about the Lord Jesus Christ, I had no way of learning about Him, of hearing His name spoken in my household among my family members, so He cannot come to a child’s heart, when the parents don’t want Him in their home. That is why I couldn’t believe on Him as a young child growing up, and it only was when I was harmed beyond control, that I came to God. That I felt I needed Him, to stop me from going into a suicidal black darkness in my life. I had enough faith to go to those 12-Step Recovery meetings, but I had no knowledge of His Word.
One way I can help others find God is to publish my thoughts on how I was conformed to His Word, and late in life, after having an atheist family to grow up in and never having the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ spoken at my home. I missed a lot and I hope I can help someone understand Jesus better and who He really is.