- People do not seek God
“We confuse two similar yet different human actions. We see people searching desperately for peace of mind, relief from guilt, meaning, and purpose to their lives, and loving acceptance. We know that ultimately these things can only be found in God. Therefore, we conclude that since people are seeking these things they must be seeking after God.”
“People do not seek God. They seek after the benefits that only God can give them. The sin of fallen man is this: Man seeks the benefits of God while at the same time fleeing from God himself. We are, by nature, fugitives” (Thomas Aquinas).
- We hide…
“But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid …. so I hid” (Genesis 3:9-10).
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).
- Not even one…
“As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one'” (Romans 3:10-12).
- God is the only seeker…
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4:23).
- He loved you first…
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. … We love because he first loved us” (I John 4:10, 19).
- A gift from God… (all of this)
“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. .. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’ For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (II Corinthians 5:18-21).
- Not by works… (no boasting)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- Not by human passion or plan… (a birth that comes from God)
“He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God” (John 1:11-13).