Isaiah 55:10-11 says, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
This verse is stunning is it not? Everytime we speak God’s Word it will never return to Him void, but will always accomplish His purpose! When you think about this, it does not say what God’s purposes are does it? We can say that all people will have one of two responses to God’s Word upon hearing it. How can we say that? 2 Cor 2:15-16 says, “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.” Therefore one response is salvation and the other response is condemnation. All people will respond in one of the two ways. My question therefore becomes: Does God ordain (purpose) condemnation through His Word? Or to put it another way: When God’s Word goes out of my mouth, will God act so a person hears His Word as the aroma of death; so that my sharing the gospel to them would actually be the means God uses to condemn them? The answer is simple, but hard to swallow.
Yes, God does do this.
To whom? All those who are not elect. But, we ought to make it clear that we do not know who the elect are and who they are not, so we preach to everyone, hoping for salvation and praying that God’s Word would be the aroma of life to them. Far be it from us to pray and hope that God’s Word would be the aroma of death to someone upon leaving our mouths!