“I’m so blessed.” Yes, but not all are saved!
You’ve heard your non-Christian friends and family say, “I’ve been so blessed.” The evidence seems to support it.
“For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” [Psalm 73:3]
How can they be blessed…?
- if they’re outside of Christ?
- if they’ve not put on Christ in Baptism? (Rom 6:3-4; Gal 3:27)
- if the prayers of sinners are an abomination? (Prov 28:9)
It can be confusing and raises some serious questions. Are their denominational beliefs being accepted by God? Is their unfaithfulness to God’s word being ignored by God? Is God saying to the wicked, “good job, keep doing what you’re doing.”
I knew of a doctor that told a somewhat healthy alcoholic, “whatever you are doing just keep on doing it.”
WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON?
It may surprise you that they are being blessed, but not in the way you might think. There are BLESSINGS from God that every living person receives, regardless of their belief of Christ or their obedience to the Gospel. Even ATHEISTS receive these blessings.
If you’ve ever attended a trade show you know that the exhibitors give away promotional products called ‘SWAG’ (Stuff We All Get). It’s stuff everyone gets just for showing up.
God has given us His own version of SWAG, which are certain blessings that come from just having the privilege of being born.
The SWAG of God can be categorized into 4 areas:
FIRST, there are the SEASONS & natural blessings we all get.
“for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the UNJUST.”
[Mat 5:45b] (emph mine seb)
There are all kinds of natural blessings that God created when He created the Earth. We enjoy gravity, scientific innovations and all kinds of medicinal properties in the natural world. Our discovery of these things has provided us “blessings” that ought to be attributed to God.
The inventor of the MRI (Raymond Damadian) is a 6-day creationist.
The mistake we make is presuming that God is personally blessing YOU or sinners.
SECOND, we all can enjoy WISDOM of God when we read and study His word. The Proverbs are a prime example. There are wisdom laws created by God that apply to all. Paul also wrote about the Law of Sowing & Reaping in Gal 6:7.
“To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion” [Proverbs 1:4]
We’re mistaken if we believe that God is also SAVING us when we are following His moral code without having obeyed the gospel. Cornelius (Acts 10) is an example of a good, yet unsaved, person.
THIRDLY, God gives everyone ACCESS to know of Him. Not everyone will avail themselves of this knowledge, but it’s out there for all.
“but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
[Jno. 20:30-31, cf. Acts 10:1; Eph 3:3-4; Jude 3]
Many are mistaken thinking that God is saving them upon faith alone. He certainly is not.
“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” [James 2:24]
FINALLY, The GOSPEL blessing is available for all. God is no respecter of persons.
“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” [Acts 10:34-35]
Although this blessing is available, not many will obey the gospel. [cf. 2Thess 1:8-9; Heb 5:8-9; Acts 2:38; Mat 7:14]
The GOSPEL blessing is in Christ Jesus, He is the only way, and any can obey the GOSPEL. [cf. John 14:6]
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,” [Titus 2:11]
Just because it’s available to all doesn’t mean all will obey it. The mistake some make is that since this blessing is given to all then all are saved. That’s a grievous error.
“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?” [Romans 10:16]
WHY HAS GOD DONE THIS?
God wants everyone to be saved and to go to heaven.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” [2Peter 3:9]
Since this is true, He provided evidence to man of His existence.
“Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” [Acts 14:17, cf. Rom 1:20]
Please, don’t miss out on the SPIRITUAL blessings, only available to TRUE CHRISTIANS, because you’ve mistaken the physical blessings as approval from God.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” [Eph 1:3]