The Ministry Years 10:  Art thou He? theunfetteredpreacher 

Do you find it strange, even unbelievable,  that someone who loves the Lord, has been saved, sanctified, Holy Spirit filled and water baptized,  could lose their faith, even their Salvation. 

Do you believe in “Once saved always saved”?

It is true in John 10:28 it says:

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

The problem is once saved, we do not lose our Freewill.  The Father did not stop the prodigal from leaving.  He also did not go find him.

The son, had the Freewill to return to the Father or stay away.  He was still a son, who left the family.  We have the same Freewill.

Even the greatest prophet, born of women:

Luke 7:28
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

Who once proclaimed:
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Can be beat down to the point he asks:
Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

The question, was not a sin, not a sign of falling away, but a plea, a cry for reassurance, for strength at a point of weakness. 

The Lord was not upset, did not chastise,  He sent John’s disciples back, with Words of Truth to renew his faith.

The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

Why did God do miracles?  Why do we need to learn and seek the Gifts of the Spirit?

Isaiah 41:20
That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”

The Lord used miracles in the Exodus to gather His people, Jesus used miracles to find those who would leave all and follow Him.

He gave us the Holy Spirit to continue His Work.  If He needed miracles, coupled with the TRUTH OF THE WORD, why do we believe Words alone are enough.

Paul tells us to “Seek the Best Gift.”

Which one is that?   The one needed now.

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Matthew 11:2-6. Luke 7:18-23

Matthew 11:1-6

“And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”

Luke 7:18-23

“And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.

And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.

Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”

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