Christian Pilgrim


90. Beseech

2 Corinthians 5:20 - "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."

For God to "beseech" men, is NOT God pleading with sinners to come to Him.

"Beseech" is less strong than "enjoin":

Philemon 8,9 - "Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient, yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ."

Not of necessity but willingly:

Philemon 14 - "But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly."

Of course in salvation, God gives the faith and repentance required, but the call of the gospel is still to repent and believe.

"Beseech" is a command:

Exodus 3:18 - "And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God."

1 Corinthians 4:16 - "Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me."

2 Corinthians 6:1 - "We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain."

With regards our beseeching God, it means pray to, or request earnestly:

Malachi 1:9 - "And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts."