FOUR THINGS GOD DOES NOT KNOW
“…and knoweth all things”
I John 3:20
The above title and following outline is one of the most popular and widely used outlines in Fundamentalist circles. This writer first heard it over 50 years ago when Jack Wyrtzen preached it live on a Saturday night youth rally at a Word of Life rally that was nationally broadcast on the radio. This evangelist has preached it dozens of time in children’s/youth rallies and literally dozens have made professions of faith when yours truly preached this sermon. He still uses it today!
Introduction: There is not a thing in this vast wide world God that God Almighty does not see, hear and know about, for my Bible says He knows ALL things, and “all means all, that’s all all means!” He sees the tiny snowflake as it drops helplessly to the frozen ground. He sees the small raindrop as it falls from the sky in that huge rainstorm. He sees that orange leaf as it descends from that giant oak tree and lies quietly among the millions of fall leaves.
And oh, what God sees and knows about every one of us! He hears every beat our heart makes, He sees every glance our eyes take. He watches every step our feet tread. He observes every evil thought we ponder. He knows every action we take. There isn’t anything in our lives that God does not see, hear and know about, for the Scripture says He knows “all things” and “all means all, that’s all all means.”
But there are four things God does not know. No, this is not a trick scheme to fool anyone, it is simply another way of stating some undeniable Biblical truths.
God Doesn’t Know any Sin that He Does not Hate
The massive populace of the world’s population simply do NOT know who God really is. They have a vastly distorted concept of the God of glory. The world’s popular perception is that God is something like a sentimental grandfather who sits in a rocking chair somewhere and who winks at sin. The common conception of God is that no matter what we do or where we go, it’s alright with God.
Jesus Christ is portrayed as a strictly a loving, kind person who never condemns anything or anyone and who overlooks so-called evil. Well, that view of God is so far from Biblical reality, that it can hardly be theologically classified. To put it frankly, God hates sin!
In Matt. 23, Christ used the strongest language possible to describe the religious apostates of His day. Christ declared: “Woe unto you, scribes, Pharisees and hypocrites” Ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess…ye are indeed like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness…Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell.”
The same Jesus who lovingly entreated lost sinners was the same Christ who confronted religious hypocrites and boldly told them they were headed straight to hell. Now God hates sin so much that He has penned an eternal law in scripture concerning its severe consequences. And this law includes EVERYONE, without any exceptions, preachers included! No one is exempt from this divine law which NEVER changes.
This law is written with an inscripturated pen with the inerrant words of the prophet Moses himself in Numbers 32:23 where the Biblical prophet boldly stated “…be sure your sin will find you out.” Those words do not just apply to ancient Israeli citizens, but to EVERYONE today, with no exemptions. Now the laws of men may change from generation to generation. In the early 1900’s, a man was arrested in New England for speeding in his automobile: he was traveling about 12mph. A half decade later, a relative of this preacher was arrested for driving too slow on the freeway, he was traveling 45mph!
Yes, it would be better to play with loaded sticks of live dynamite than to play the game of sin and try to win. There are NO winners in that deadly game. It would be better to let 1,000 volts of live electricity run through your body than to play the game of sin—no one wins in this awful game. Better to be smitten with deadly leprosy until nothing is left but the bare bones than to play the game and try to beat the “odds.”
It would be better to throw yourself into a smeltering steel furnace and lets its hot flames engulf your entire body than to try to play the game of sin and try to win. It would be even better to let a snake wrap its long body around your neck and ask that serpent to take its fangs and to strike it lethal blows than to play the game of sin. NO! There are no winners in this awful morass of wickedness. You just can’t play the game of sin and win, because “the soul that sinneth it shall surely die—Ez. 18:4.”
Place this in your permanent vocabulary! You can’t play the game of sin and win for God Almighty doesn’t know any sin that He does not hate! You are always the loser when you sin. And you better be careful when you make distinctions between so called “little” sins and “big” sins! David the king committed the wicked sin of adultery, and God punished him for his sensual actions by taking a little infant he fathered to an early heaven, as well as creating havoc in David’s family for the remainder of his life.
But that same great king sinned when he committed the evil of pride in his heart in II Sam. 24 where he wanted to boast about his huge numbers, and as result God killed 70,000 Israelites. God hates both adultery and pride, and He won’t let anyone—even His heaven bound children—sin and get away with it!
Can you sin and will God forgive you? Surely! But there is always a spiritual price. It reminds this preacher of the story that the famed evangelist Dr. Bob Jones Sr. used to tell about the little boy who lived on the farm with his father. This little boy always seemed to be doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. He was a mischievous little lad who constantly misbehaved.
The father decided that something needed to be done, so he took his boy out to the barn and set a keg of nails with a hammer beside the keg. He told the boy that everything he did something wrong, he should take the hammer and put a nail in the barn door. As the story goes, it didn’t take long until the barn door was literally saturated with nails. The little lad came to his dad one day and said, “Dad,” look, there’s no more room for any more nails!”
The father then made the wise suggestions: “Son, why don’t you change your ways, and every time you do something good, pull one of the nails out of the barn door. I don’t know how long it took in this fictitious story, but one day the little boy brought his dad out to the barn and excitedly exclaimed, “Dad, look! I took all the nails out of the barn door. But, dad, there’s one thing that really bothers me: Look at all the holes I made in the barn door when I pulled out the nails!”
This writer vividly recalls the true story of an evangelist on the trail many decades ago. This evangelist lived on soda crackers and milk for breakfast, for lunch and for supper. That soda crackers and milk was his major diet? Why? Because he had wrecked havoc with his body’s chemical system via vast doses of liquor and life of unrestricted sexual lust. One day, he heard the glorious gospel of Christ and he was wondrously saved. God instantly forgave his wicked life of adulterous abandonment and sin, but God did NOT give that man a new stomach! Write it down in your vocabulary dictionary and remember it every day: God Almighty doesn’t know any sin that He doesn’t hate!
God Doesn’t Know any Sinner that He does not Love
What a wonderful verse: John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” No matter what educational, racial, or religious class you may occupy, this is a glorious fact. God loves sinners, and He doesn’t know any sinner whom He does not love.
My friend, if you are a sinner, Jesus loves you, for Jesus is a friend of sinners! This children’s chorus may be one of the simplest Gospel choruses ever written, but it is one of the most potent and power chorus ever penned: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
Gospel songs by the wagonload clearly and plainly proclaim this glorious truth: “There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus, No not one, no not one. None else could heal all my soul’s diseases, no, not one, no not one.” And how about “I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus since I found in Him a friend so strong and true. I would tell you how He changed my life completely, He did something that no other friend could do. No one ever cared for me like Jesus. There’s no other friend so kind as He. No one else could take the sin and darkness from me. Oh, how much He cared for me."
If you locate someone that no one in this world cares for, who is forgotten and forsake by all, there is a friend who does care and understand for “No One Understands Like Jesus. He’s a friend compare; Meet Him at the throne of mercy, He is waiting for you there. No one understands like Jesus, when the days are dark and drear, No one is so near, so dear as Jesus, Cast on Him your every care.”
Why did Jesus die on the cross? The answer is simply this: that God doesn’t know any sinner that he does not love; Rom. 5:8 states that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. I John 4:9-10 reiterates this truth when it declares: “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
We basically love others, because we see commendable traits in them that we like and espouse, but there was nothing good in us that God could love. The Scripture plainly states in Is. 64:6: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy rags.” Rom. 3:12 reiterates this fact when it says that “…there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Are you a candidate for salvation? If you are willing to admit that you are a guilty lost sinner headed towards hell, there is hope for you. It reminds me of the man with a severe cough and cold who walked into a pharmacy and asked for some medicine to help. When the pharmacist asked him if he had a prescription, the man replied “No,” but "I brought my cold with me."
God Doesn’t Know any other Way of Salvation than through His Son Jesus Christ
Some years ago, this preacher picked up a series of Sunday Schools for the United Methodist Church [UMC] in which the series discussed the world’s religions, one per week, declaring that each one was “a way” to salvation, but in the last lesson on Jesus Christ, stating that He was the closest, nearest and probably best way to God. That is a lie hatched in hell’s pit!
God doesn’t know any other way of Salvation than through His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus himself stated in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”
In Acts 4:12, the Apostle Peter boldly stated: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” In I Tim. 2:5, the Apostle Paul reiterated this truth when he said: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Again in II Cor. 5:21, Paul stated this great truth when he wrote concerning Christ and His atoning work on Calvary: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who know no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Peter repeated this same fact in I Pet. 2:24 when he wrote: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, by whose stripes ye were healed.”
In I Pet. 1:18-19 Peter re-emphasizes the great truth of our redemption SOLELY via Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
Someone has stated that the sweetest word in all the Bible is not the word, “love” but the word, “come.” In Matt. 11:28, Christ entreatingly beckoned guilty sinners to come to Him for spiritual rest, regeneration and restitution: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” In John 5:24, we have the direct words of Christ himself when he said, “Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.”
The Gospel songwriter was 100% correct when he wrote “I must needs go home by the way of the cross, There’s no other way but this: I shall ne’er get sight of the Gates of Light if the way of the cross I miss. The way of the cross leads home, the way of the cross leads home. It is sweet to know as I onward go, the way of the cross leads home.”
Baptism, catechism, church membership, good works, almsgiving, fasting, tithing, and a host of other commendable religious endeavors may be composed of Biblical commands and voluntary actions that believers should obey and engage, but they can NEVER save, for God doesn’t know any other way of Salvation through His son Jesus Christ—Eph. 1:7, Heb. 1:1-3, Heb. 10:10-12.
God Doesn’t Know any other Way to get this Soul-Saving Message out to a Needy World other than through Redeemed Saints
Angels are an important
group of heavenly messengers who occupy a great place in God’s
plan for saints and His eternal endeavors. Heb. 1:14 declares
that angels are “all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister
to them who shall be heirs of salvation.” Heb. 11:3 says that
some believers in time past have
However, God does NOT use angels to carry His message of Salvation to a lost world today via this means. He uses redeemed saints via their use of the inerrant Word. The Great Commission was NOT given to sexless angels, but to redeemed human saints in Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47, John 20:28 and Acts 1:8.
No genuine Bible-believer will question the fact that before the completion of the inspired Word, God temporarily used apostles, angels, visions, dreams, plus signs and wonders to spread the Gospel message—John 20:30, Acts 5:12, Heb. 2:4. But when the inspired Word was completed, the use of these means was no longer necessary and they ceased.
The Charismatic movement in both its Roman Catholic and Protestant expressions falsely claims that these “signs and wonders,” prophetic “visions” and “dreams” have never ceased and that God is using a revival of these so-called means to spread the good news.” But these so-called apparitions and revelations are not only unnecessary, they are unbiblical! The completed canon of Scripture is ALL believers need both for the evangelism of sinners and the edification of saints—I Pet. 1:23, John 17:17.
It is the use of the BOOK by redeemed saints that God uses to bring lost sinners to His Son. Like Andrew, in John 1:41-42, who brought his brother “to Jesus,” we simply bring lost sinners to Jesus, and He, through the Holy Spirit does ALL the saving. We are simply the human instruments that God chooses to use in his divine work of saving lost sinners.
God does NOT have any alternative plan. Blood washed converted saints who use His inerrant Word are His exclusive means for reaching unconverted souls with the Gospel. Over a century ago, A.B. Simpson, the famed missionary spokesman wrote: “A hundred thousand souls a day are passing one by one away, in Christ-less gloom and guilt, without one ray of hope or light, with future dark as endless night, they are passing to their doom” Those 100,000 souls can be multiplied numerous times today.
What are we doing to get his saving message out to a doomed and dying world. “Lord, lay some soul upon my heart, and love that soul through me; and may I humbly do my part to win that soul for thee.”
Ed: God has used the sermon above to literally bring scores of children and teens to Christ and to stir them to soul-winning endeavors as this evangelist has preached it over the past 50+ years.
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