- Jul 16, 2012
He said he who see the son and believes. Jesus said He had only come to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Given that statement how do you apply Jesus' words, 'he who sees the son and believes', to men throughout the ages?Seeing God with physical eyes does not lead to salvation, but He is at work in the hearts of men giving them understanding and conviction through their spiritual eyes. Spiritual sight united with faith leads to salvation. "All" and "everyone" in Jn 6:37-40 applies to men throughout this age. "I shall not lose any of it" (Jn 6:39) applies to all Christians.
The point I'm making here is that every passage of Scripture is part of a larger thought. We can't just take a passage and apply it outside of the context in which it appears. Jesus said He only came to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. That means what He did and said pertains to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. If we are going to apply His words outside of that we need something in Scripture that will allow the words to be used outside of the original context.
If I walk into a theater and say anyone who comes to my house can have free pizza, I've offered free pizza to everyone in the theater. Now if some goes outside of the theater and says come over to Butch5's house for free pizza, I'm not obligated to give free pizza to anyone who was not in the theater because I only said it to them not to those outside of the theater. Someone who offered pizza to someone outside of the theater took my statement out of context and used it in a way it was not inteded.