The good deeds, and the noble morals that expressed by the believers could make those who rejects Gospel not to blaspheme Lord Jesus, or make Him their enemy. This is important, because those who blasphemes the Lord, will surely perish. Though someone is not a believer, but if he is not hostile to the Lord, then he still has a chance to be judged based on their deeds. By that, people like that, still have a chance to be part of the heavenly society in the new heaven earth. Related to this, Lord Jesus said: “for whoever is not against you is for you.” (Luk. 9:50). “For you” doesn’t mean that person will be a believer. They who are categorized as for the believer, surely have high tolerance and love towards each other. They still have a chance to be part of the heavenly society in the Kingdom of Lord Jesus later.
There were very few jewish people in the first century, who behave and respond well to Lord Jesus and His followers. They were intentionally hostile to the believers, and caused them suffered. They even tried to destroy Christianity. This made them never know salvation and be saved. Lord Jesus said that it’s better for them to never hear Gospel at all than heard it then rejecting it (John 9:41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.). The condition of the Israelites who rejected the Lord, had made Paul cried for them, and he was even willing to be cursed and cut off from Christ for the salvation of his people (Rm.9:1-3). That’s why Paul worked hard for the salvation of his people, to the point where he didn’t even care about his own.
The word “blind” in John 9:41 means never heard Gospel at all or heard it wrongly. The fact is the Jews at that time heard the truth directly from Lord Jesus, but made Him their enemy on purpose, so they would perish. In this world, including Indonesia, many people never heard about the Gospel, even more those who heard it wrongly related to wrong teachings. The condition of these kinds of people is the same as “blind”, they can’t be forced to believe and can’t be blamed if they don’t believe in Jesus. They are not the chosen that had been determined to be in the likeness of Jesus, or be perfect as the Father (Rom.8:28-29; Matt.5:48).
We have to accept the fact that this kind of people, aren’t the chosen one, because they have been trapped in a situation where they won’t be able to get the message. It’s different with the Lord’s disciples who are indeed conditioned as the chosen people, like Peter, James, John, and so on. To them, the Lord had said: No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. (John 6:44). If Peter were Herod, or part of the Roman’s government, it was not certain whether he’d still follow Jesus or not. The people that are chosen, as said in the Bible, is like being drawn by the Father . The word ‘drawn’ in its original text is helkuse (ἑλκύσῃ) from the word helko (ἕλκω), which is a subjunctive verb, meaning more to as expected, than intentionally drawn. They who are drawn by the Father, have a potential to experience salvation process, that is being restored to God’s original design and will be raised later at the end time.
Without the right understanding towards the truth, it will make a person, or a community never find God’s truth, and in a certain level, they will never be able to understand the truth anymore. This could also happen in church. When the congregation is taught the wrong truth, then, at a certain point, they will not be able to receive the original truth. Paul had stated this in his letter to Timothy: For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear (2 Tim. 4:3). In this case, we can see the great role of the truth in life, and therefore God’s Word said that teachers will be judged differently. (James 3:1 – not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly).