Thursday, October 06, 2011
Lydia The Purple Seller And Wishful Thinking About Steve Jobs
Just as the Lord opened the heart of Lydia as she pondered the Word of the Lord regarding Jesus Christ, so He opened my heart in 1976 as I pondered the same Old Old Story, late at night in a real estate office.
Indeed we can conclude from many Scriptures that none are saved unless the Lord opens their heart through the preaching [speech, tract, book, etc.] of the good news that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ -- indeed God came to Earth as a man, in the flesh -- and that this Jesus died on a cross for our sins, and was buried and rose again from the dead.
And that whoever believes in Him has eternal life, is saved from the eternal punishment due those who reject their Creator, as a free gift, by grace through faith.
It is highly unlikely that Steve Jobs has not heard and considered this good news, this gospel.
And no one knows if perhaps at some last moment of consciousness, God opened his heart -- like He did mine -- like He did Lydia's.
I'm not talking "likelihood" here.
I'm not talking about Las Vegas odds.
I'm talking about the Sovereignty of the Almighty God, who does whatever HE pleases (Ps. 115:3).
Only legalists would be miffed at God if He did that.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." - Ephesians 2:8,9