Prognosis: “a forecasting of the probable course and outcome of a disease, especially of the chances of recovery.”
“Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, ‘Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what will befall you in the days to come,’ ” (49:1).
How could Jacob possibly do that, tell his sons what would befall them in the days to come? He was led of God; only God can foretell man’s future.
“Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’ ” (Isaiah 46:9-10).
A further study into the future of the sons of Jacob verifies the accuracy of these predictions… only God.
Scripture presents another summoning in the future, the summoning of all mankind; and God has told us the absolute Prognosis, what is to befall us in the days to come. It would behoove us to pay attention.
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it,… 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds,” (Revelation 20:11-12).
God’s Prognosis is a forecast, not of the probable course and outcome of the disease of sin, but the absolute reality and result; nothing is left to chance.
Before His Prognosis is presented, our diagnosis is identified. God has made abundantly clear the diagnosis of every human being throughout all time;
“as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; 11 There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; 12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:10-12, 23).
Consider His Prognosis
Every one of us is critically ill; there are only two possible courses of action and only two possible outcomes, period.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Romans 6:23).
Two possible courses: Rejection or Repentance. Two possible outcomes: Death or Life. Just two: Death through Rejection or Life through Repentance.
The enemy has worked tirelessly to convince us it’s so much more complicated, or worse, unnecessary of our consideration. But God Himself has determined our diagnosis and publicized His Prognosis. He is God, there is no other; He declares the end from the beginning, His Prognosis… and there is no other.
How are we to respond to His Prognosis?
There is only one response that cures the terminal disease of mankind, one chance for recovery; repentance. Repentance is not saying, or even sincerely being, sorry for our sin. Repentance is twofold; it is turning to God and turning away from sin.
By faith we agree with God that we are dead in our sins, in need of saving and utterly powerless to do anything to save ourselves. By faith, we accept He has paid the debt we could never pay by His death on the cross. By faith we receive His gift of eternal life, turning to God and turning away from sin.
“…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;“ (Romans 10:9).
We have all been given a free will; so yes, rejection is our other option. It seems unfathomable that any would choose this, but the sad truth is, some do. If you have not received His gift of eternal life, then you have rejected Him. Please consider carefully what Jesus said.
“He who is not with Me is against Me,” (Matthew 12:30).
If we have placed our faith in Him, we have been granted the greatest gift, the gift of being with Jesus, to know Him personally; and by placing our faith in His sacrifice for our sins, we receive His gift of eternal life.
Let us fervently pray for those who are still on a fatal course. Let us come to God in relentless, unwavering faith, asking that He would use us to speak His truth. Let us be willing to share His Prognosis with those who are bound for an eternity in hell and separated from Holy God.
Let us ask Him in faith, that we willingly and boldly share His miraculous provision of healing with a lost and dying world.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ,” (Romans 10:17).