Irreconcilable Truths

April 3, 2021

Irreconcilable Truths

By Russell George

There are truths in the Bible that we can’t understand or explain. Psalm 139:6 says, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.” Romans 11:33 says, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Just because we can’t understand or explain some truths doesn’t leave us justified in rejecting them.

Can you explain how a radio or television can pick up radio waves and television waves from the air? Most of us can’t. There are technicians who can do a much better job of explaining that than most of us can. We would be laughed at if we were to refuse to buy a radio or television saying, “I can’t believe that thing will do what they claim it will do.”

I would like to call to your attention two irreconcilable truths that are found in the Bible. Psalm 139:7-10 tells us that God is everywhere at the same time. “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Should I struggle with claiming this promise because I can’t understand how God can be with me and everywhere else at the same time? My mind can’t grasp that.

We could also have doubts about how God can hear and answer our prayers if we take into account that at the same time there are thousands of other people praying to Him around the world, often in different languages. How can God hear all those people at the same time? “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

Another irreconcilable Biblical truth that some Christians are struggling with is between the election of God and the free will of man. Both truths are clearly found in the Bible. We find election in the following verses. “For the children, being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth.” (Romans 9:11) “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” (Romans 11:5) “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” (Ephesians 1:4) The word “election isn’t in that verse but it does say we are chosen from the beginning.

What is called the “free will of man” is found in the following verses. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9) “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5) “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:14-15)

It would be easy for us to sit back in indifference and say, “if they are chosen of God, they will be saved regardless of human effort.” However, we can’t overlook the commands of God. The great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 command us, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

We need to accept the truth of Romans 11:33 that we read in the beginning. Sometimes His judgments are unsearchable and His ways past finding out. In Psalm 139:6 we found that there is knowledge that we can’t attain unto. We need to accept what we can’t understand or explain. We also need to obey and do the will of God. Jesus said in John 7:17, “If any ma n will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself. God is so superior to us that there is no comparison. We need to accept what God’s Word says and do His will.

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