Was the “Sight” Experience of Thomas and Paul Fair?

Just reflecting on these two examples of Thomas and Paul, how can God directly intervene in the faith of some individuals by giving them sight experience for their faith while denying this to the multitudes? Is this fair and just, coming from a God Who is no respecter of men? Or are we missing a key ingredient in our understanding of God, His love and His will?

Christendom misunderstands divine judgment. It is seen as an end, instead of a means to an end. God is surely a God of judgment. This cannot be denied; but that is not the essence of WHO He is.

God is love (I John 4:8, 16).

Love never fails (I Corinthians 13:8).

Love is not just one of His attributes: it is Him, and it never fails. More succinctly, God never fails! Therefore, God’s judgment is always subject to His love. He punishes mankind, just as a father does his children, because He loves them. Yet His punishment will be effective in bringing His creation – all of them – to Himself. Divine judgment is never an end in itself, but a means to an end – and a glorious end at that!

The majority of mankind today is lost and blind; but those of us who have first trusted Christ (the First-trusters – Ephesians 1:12) are a part of the Firstfruits of Christ (Romans 8:23). We are but the beginning. God will reap the rest of His creation, and be “All in all.”

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2007, 2010

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