Christian Pilgrim


92. Persuade

For God to ask us to "persuade" men, is NOT God or Christ asking us to get on our knees and beg sinners to come to Him, or to try to twist their arm to believe. It means to "convince."

1 Kings 22:20-22 - "And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so."

2 Chronicles 32:11 - "Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?"

2 Chronicles 32:15 - "Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?"

Isaiah 36:18 - "Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?"

Matthew 28:14 - "And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you."

Acts 26:28 - "Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."

2 Corinthians 5:11 - "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences."

Galatians 1:10 - "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."

1 John 3:19 - "And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him."

Westminster Standards Epistle to the Reader:

"We should scarce imagine it any better than an impertinency,in this noon-day of the gospel,either to inform or persuade in a duty so expressly commanded.."