“It does not depend on the person who wants it nor the one who runs, but on God who has mercy.” – Rom. 9:16
“What! Get to Heaven on your own strength? Why, you might as well try to climb to the moon on a rope of sand!” – George Whitefield
Yes, what Mr. Whitefield said.
“many are called, but few are chosen.” – Jesus (Matt. 22:14)
Jesus does not say “many are called, but few chose.”
“He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray,” – Heb. 5:2a
Jesus deals gently with struggling believers.
“Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near Jesus to listen to Him.” – Luke 15:1
Sinners were drawn to Jesus.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” – Heb. 4:15
In Greek Sympathize means more than “feeling pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.” It’s a compound word: sun (with) and paschó (to suffer).
Jesus suffers with our weakness. He is there with us as we are tempted… or as we failed a temptation.
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” – Jesus (Acts 9:4)
Jesus didn’t say, “Why are persecuting My church or Christians?” He identified with the church; the two are inseparable.
To persecute the church is to persecute Christ Himself.
“He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them” – Matt. 14:14
Here’s the heart of Christ.
“’They shall be Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him.‘”- Mal. 3:17
Believers are God’s possession; He made us and we are His jewels.
“When He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” – Jesus (John 16:13)
Without the Holy Spirit we are without a guide, wandering in the dark, and could never arrive at the truth.