Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. Romans 10:1
We tend to regard certain people as being “beyond hope” and assume they must, of necessity, continue in their grooves as they are and die unrepentant and unredeemed. We just shake our heads over them and express our sorrow. We have talked to them and tried to persuade them. We have appealed to them and preached to them. Everything that human agency can possibly do has been tried and has failed. We cannot get them to come our way, so we feel that their case is hopeless and desperate. Ah! What lack of faith all that reveals! How different from what we find here in the New Testament and always in the church during days of revival and true faith! If you and I are to save men and women, then indeed, the case is hopeless. All our efforts will most certainly fail. But that is not our gospel. It is Jesus Christ who saves! There is no limit to what He can do! His methods are not confined as ours are. There are no prescribed and definite ways where He is concerned. Ah! What a shock those Jews had when they found these Gentiles suddenly converted! And what glorious shocks do we also get here from time to time! Straight from paganism to Christ! Yes, quite easily, for there is no limit at all. He creates anew. His power is endless. Do not give up hope for any sinner. Pray to God to save them. Let not any conversion astonish you; be astonished rather that anyone should possibly remain unconverted.
A: The first commandment forbiddeth the denying1, or not worshipping and glorifying the true God as God2, and our God3; and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due to him alone4.
1. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. (Psalm 14:1).
2. So that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God. (Romans 1:20b-21a).
3. But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. (Psalm 81:11).
4. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 1:25).
The Children's Catechism - History
Q117: What did the Apostles do after they were filled with the Holy Spirit?