“…no on can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.”– 1 Corinthians 12:3
It is the work of the Holy Spirit that leads people to Jesus. We forget this sometimes as Christians. We wonder why those living in sin cannot see their errors. It is good to “forget what lies behind and go on to what lies ahead,” yet in doing so, the saint forgets they are just a sinner saved by grace.
Jesus said that “He came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). If someone does not think they are lost, then they are not waiting to be found. Jesus is looking to restore those who realize they need Him. He wants everyone to come to that desire. This is why He is patient. As the Bible says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
The denial of Jesus as Lord and Savior is the “Unpardonable Sin” (Mark 3:28-29). The more a person denies Christ, the more hardened their hearts grow towards Him. This is how people move closer to judgment. Eventually, the Lord will one day stop knocking at the door, and they will be given up to their own lusts of the heart (Romans 1:24-25; Psalm 81:11-12).
Theologian J.I. Packer once wrote, “It is possible for people to be enlightened to the point of knowing inwardly that Jesus is the divine Savior He claims to be, and still not be willing to admit it publicly, because of all the behavioral changes that such an admission would make necessary.” If this is the case, may our prayers for the lost soul be more light to see Jesus for who He is, their Lord and Savior. After all, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual. Our duty is prayer. It is the Holy Spirit’s work to instruct.
“The Holy Spirit glorifies the Son; the Son glorified the Father. The Spirit-filled believers glorifies the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, because all of the persons in the Trinity operate so that our prayers may be fulfilled. Thus in prayer the Father grants the request through the Son, whom we implore through the Holy Spirit.”– Leonard Ravenhill