For some people there is no amount of reasoning that will convince them of the saving faith in the Gospel. Jesus said in Luke 16.31 that even if one would come back from the dead it would not change a person’s mind. When Jesus speaks of Moses and the Prophets, He is speaking of the Old Testament.
Lk 16:31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’ ”
Jesus goes on to say in Mark 12.24 why this is true. The reason people are wrong about God is that they do not know the Bible, or the power of God.
Mk 12:24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?
But, the Bible does call us to be able to give a reason for the hope within.
1 Pe 3:15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
The Apostle Paul would reason in the synagogue, and the word “reason” has the meaning of “to converse, dispute, discuss, discourse with” in a conversational form.
Ac 24:25 And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”
Notice what Paul would do if someone was hostile to the Gospel…he would move on and teach those that were willing to listen.
Ac 19:8 And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. Ac 19:9 But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. Ac 19:10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
God said in Isaiah that if you will reason with Him, you will be washed “white as snow”.
Is 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Christians are called to reason, but with gentleness and respect. Do not stay to reason with those that are “stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way”. Move on to those that want to be disciples, but do not be meek for Paul spoke boldly.
Published on Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 4:37 AM CDT