An old friend of mine keeps in touch by email. He recently gave me news of his family and enquired about this blog. I was especially pleased about his enquiry, because he had obviously visited the blog, since he wanted to know if I had ‘quoted from a religious affairs author.’ I replied that the blog was entirely of my making, and I was responsible for what appears on its pages. I also said I was directly accountable to God for what I wrote. Most importantly, I explained that the Bible was my authority, and I write the blog, as far as I am able to, without making references to other sources.
Continuing with my rationale I pointed out that the writers of the Bible were all inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16), and they had penned their letters, books, prophesies, psalms, poems etc., with the purpose of helping us in these latter times, come to know that Jesus is the prophesied Saviour. All biblical Scriptures point to Him (Luke 24:27) and His fulfilment of the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17) and the ordinance of the New Covenant in His blood (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 9:15). His was the once-for-all sacrifice (Hebrews 10:12) acceptable to His Father, sufficient for the reconciliation of the elect in Him (v 13).
Because my friend had given me news of his family and what his siblings were doing, I thought it good to speak to him about ‘choices’. His offspring, along with my offspring and the progeny of every couple who procreate children have to make choices. Not only do they have to make choices, but they have to act in accordance with them. Decisions when acted upon can have huge ramifications; such is the case of a woman who replies in the affirmative to a man proposing to marry her.
It so happens that in less than twenty-four hours of me writing these words I am hoping to attend a wedding of a nephew’s son and his fiancée. On the day of their wedding, the officiating minister will ask each of them if they will have the other to be wedded to them. He will ask them if they will love, comfort and honour one another. He will also ask them if they will keep their marriage relationship when they are sick and when they healthy, while forsaking all other, for as long as they shall live.
In the case of a marriage before God with two Christians, male and female (Genesis 1:27); their marriage commitments to one another are expressed as holy oaths to Him. This is of special significance, since God instituted marriage (Genesis 2:24) for the propagation of children and for the multiplication of human beings (Genesis 1:28). Adam and Eve were the progenitors of all of us. Together with their children, they were the first family. As we know, sin reigned in them (Romans 3:23), which was manifestly demonstrated when Cain killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:8).
Cain chose to murder Abel. He could have chosen not to. He was not forced or coerced into killing him. He made a conscious decision to murder him. As a consequence, God placed a curse upon him by restricting the earth from yielding its strength to him. He also made him a fugitive and a vagabond for as long as he would live (Genesis 4:10-12).
Choices for action are first weighed before decisions are made whether to carry them out. After the guillotine blade has fallen, nothing can stop the inevitable happening. The head is severed from the body. The outcome is irrevocable. It cannot be changed.
However, those who sin can be forgiven by God. They may have committed murder; they may have been responsible for heinous crimes – whatever the case, if a sinner is penitent, being truly sorry for his sins and confesses them while seeking forgiveness, God will forgive him, and cleanse him from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). God is gracious and merciful (Psalm 86:15; 103:8; 145:8); as such He will judge with righteousness those who are guilty, sparing those who truly repent.
There’s not a single choice or decision made by any of us that is not known by God; therefore we should be conscious that our choices and decisions are taken before Him who is all-seeing and all-hearing (Psalm 139), the righteous Judge of all the earth (Genesis 18:25).