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Let Love Be

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“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.   No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.”  (1 John 4:7-12 NKJV)

“Let love be without hypocrisy.” (Romans 12:9 ASV)

 

Lately I’ve been reminded that spiritual maturity has a lot more to do with love than it does correct behavior or doctrine. It would be very hard for anyone to emphasize the importance and value of love any stronger than John did in the passage above.  I think the main reason love is so crucial is simply that it is an aspect of the very nature of God and is an essential element of the Kingdom of God.  In several places, scripture says love needs to be without hypocrisy.  I’d like to look at what that means and why it’s so important.

Jesus often referred to the religious leaders of his day as “hypocrites.”  The word hypocrite comes from the idea of someone assuming a role, like an actor in a play. The essence of hypocrisy is acting in a way which differs from how one truly is inwardly.  Jesus told the religious leaders of the Jews that their hypocrisy was like a painted tomb – nice on the outside, but corrupt and repulsive inside.  Hypocrisy often manifests as presenting oneself in a favorable way, but doing so from a selfish motive instead of naturally from the heart.  Religion often makes hypocrites of people by using fear, excitement, or some other “carrot” to motivate people to do or not do certain things, while their heart and desires remain unchanged.  Many of these changes don’t last, because once the emotion or other motive loses it’s power or appeal, the true inward state of the person begins to be expressed again.

Hypocrisy is so dangerous because it accompanies pride and prevents love.  Genuine love actually cannot be hypocritical, because genuine love only comes as a naturally-produced fruit of the spirit of God within.  This is why John wrote that “everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”  Pride and hypocrisy feed off each-other because pride is essentially the stubborn adherence to ways and ideas which originate with man rather than the spirit of God.  Pride will prevent one from recognizing and coming out of a hypocritical, religious state. Have you ever seen the sad sight of a religious person who acts like a robot who is reciting a script or being controlled by a program in their brain?  Their actions and words are obviously artificial, and most who recognize this are put off by it, and too often put off by the God that is misrepresented.

Paul wrote that the entire fulfillment of the law is simply to love others as yourself.1  So if you want to be a law-follower, just do that and you’re set.  The “catch” is that love is often much more costly, difficult and painful than merely following rules.  In fact, I believe when Jesus said we should love our neighbor as ourselves, treat others as we would be treated, and repay evil with blessing, he knew full well that to truly do so is humanly impossible.  He knew that such love can only come by receiving and submitting to the Spirit of God as one’s controlling source of life.  If this is true, then there’s no love and thus no real value in hypocritical “love” which originates in the selfish human soul and is acted out.  Scripture says plainly that many believers are going to be shocked and mourn terribly when, despite doing many good and impressive works, even in Jesus’ name, they will be rejected and cast away because Jesus never knew them.2  I believe this will be, at least partly, because these works were hypocritical instead of being produced freely and in love from the life of Christ, the Spirit of God within.

The main thing I want to stress is that love cannot be hypocritically acted out or “forced.”  A much better way is to ask and trust the Father to make you aware, more and more and more, of His presence within you, a new creation not of yourself, which is the same life that was in Christ.  As you become more aware of and learn to live from and submit your own will/soul to that new creation within, praising God and communing with Him inwardly in a way deeper than words and receiving His unconditional love toward you, you’ll sense a love within you that appears without effort.  This love will be of a quality you can’t achieve yourself and won’t be a manufactured effort, but divine fruit.  You’ll actually be willing, even desire to suffer in order for another to benefit, even if they don’t deserve it.  You and I can love this way only because our Father loved us first, while we were astray.  His love is shown in that He has given us His Son as an atonement for sin and His spirit as a new life within.3  We now have the privilege of declaring and participating in the amazing love that the Father has shown.  Amen!

 

  1. Galatians 5:14
  2. Matthew 7:21-23, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15
  3. 1 John 4:19, Romans 5:8-11, Romans 7:6, Galatians 2:20, 3:4
 
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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Dying to Enter (Lazarus and Rich Man pt. 3)

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This will be my final and most comprehensive look for now at Jesus’ parable of the rich man and Lazarus.  For those who are new, it has nothing to do with physical death, heaven, or hell.  It has everything to do with the promise God made to Abraham, fulfilled in Christ and given to all men, the arriving of which reversed the roles of the spiritually rich and spiritually poor.  Anyway, read on and it will make more sense.

Luke 16, NKJV: 22 So it was that the beggar (the Gentiles, those shut out of fellowship with God) died (experienced the ending of the season of the law and prophets at the coming of Christ), and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom (began to partake of a new season of spiritual kingdom-seeking, typified by Abraham, whose promised blessing preceded and didn’t relate to law or Israelite ancestry). The rich man (Judah/Jews) also died (both died at the same time – the change in spiritual seasons happened to all simultaneously) and was buried (permanently lost all relevance and authority).  Notice: ONLY the rich man was “buried. 23 And being in torments (testing, affliction) in Hades (the unseen realm, place of blindness, powerlessness, death), he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom (Lazarus, not he, inherited the promises given to Abraham).24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham (Pharisees saw themselves as Abraham’s children because of their bloodline), have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water (get even a tiny amount of Truth) and cool my tongue (undo the effects of his perverse teaching which came from his perverse heart – see here); for I am tormented (literally: sorrowful, grieving) in this flame (intense affliction, purification). (Notice: in the old season Lazarus desired  crumbs from the rich man, and now the rich man desires just a fingertip of water from Lazarus.  There is a great role-reversal).  25 But Abraham said, ‘Son (Judah was Abraham’s great-grandson and the Jews were descendants of Judah), remember that in your lifetime (during the recently-ended season of the law and prophets) you received your good things (their life of “luxury” – the luxury of having opportunity to be a part of God’s people and partake of His covenant and blessings), and likewise Lazarus evil things (his life of spiritual hunger, lack and helplessness); but now (in the new season) he is comforted (desired, invited) and you are tormented (grieving, in anguish, sorrowful, mourning). 26 And besides all this, between us and you (between the season of law and season of fulfillment) there is a great gulf fixed (some say this is representative of the Jordan river, which divided Israel from the Gentiles),2 so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us (the change in seasons is irreversible).27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house (Judah’s descendants, the Jews), 28 for I have five brothers (Judah had five physical brothers), that he may testify to them (declare the truth of the new season of the kingdom of God through Christ and warn of resisting it), lest they also come to this place of torment (affliction, testing). 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them’ (the law of Moses and the prophets actually pointed to Christ and the new season he would bring, but most Jews were shut out of it because of their religious pride, resulting in hard hearts, blind eyes and deaf ears). 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent (change their perception from natural to spiritual). 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”  (Again, their religious pride caused the Jews to be ignorant or openly resist the very thing their precious law and prophets pointed to – the spiritual fulfillment arriving in Jesus Christ, proven by his resurrection from the dead).  

Jesus made a very telling and important statement immediately before he told this parable: 

“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail. “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.”

These words, especially regarding marriage and adultery, seem to be out of place.  But remember, in the Greek he starts the parable by using the word “now…” meaning the parable continues his previous thought.  Therefore, divorce, remarriage and adultery somehow tie in with the ending of the season of the law and prophets and the beginning of the season of spiritual kingdom-seekers.  It has to be seen spiritually to make sense.

If marriage is seen as an exclusive covenant of devotion between two parties, then the Jewish religious leaders were very much “married” to the law. With a new season arriving with Jesus, the Jews, particularly the religious leaders, faced a dire problem with two components: 

  1. The only way out of their covenant/marriage to the old season of the law and prophets was for one of the parties to die (either them or the law).
  2. According to Jesus, it is impossible for the law to fail, or “die.”  Therefore, as long as they were alive, those in covenant with the law could not relate to God within the new season of spiritual reality without being adulterers against their covenant of law.

Paul, a former Pharisee, understood and wrote about this predicament, most plainly in Romans 7:1-6:

 (ESV) Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives?  For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.  Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.  For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions (literally, the “sufferings of sin”) aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.  But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.”

So here’s a rephrase of what Jesus said: “Everyone in covenant with the law commits adultery by pursuing the spiritual kingdom of God outside that law.  Also, since God is divorcing and ending the covenant of law in me in favor of a new, better covenant made with all men, from now on anyone who enters into covenant with the law will become an adulterer against the new covenant.”  The good news is everyone is free from marriage/covenant with law, which only strengthened sin and death, not because the law passed away or died, but because in Christ we died!  Every single one of us.  Paul states this many times throughout the scriptures.1  This parable is just an elaboration of this truth, specifically given to the Jewish religious leaders, but very much applying to everyone.  Our death with Christ and freedom from law is a very deep subject which I haven’t seen the depths of and won’t try to here, but it’s absolutely at the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The question I have is what ends up happening to those (whether Christian or not) who don’t see or refuse to accept their death with Christ, and continue to live their lives?  I do believe there will be great sorrow and anguish like the rich man experienced, but I’m not convinced it’s eternally permanent.  I don’t fully know, but I don’t want to find out, and I don’t believe those who seek the kingdom need to personally worry about it.

Finally, lets look at Abraham.  The name Lazarus is the Greek version of the Hebrew name “Eliazar.”  In the book of Genesis, we learn Eliazar was Abraham’s chief servant, who before Abraham had sons and grandsons was going to inherit Abraham’s estate.  Some have pointed out that by helping Abraham’s son find a wife, Eliazar was helping shut himself out from Abraham’s inheritance.2 That just strengthens the interpretation of Lazarus as those who desired God’s kingdom and promises but were shut out until the right season arrived.  Lazarus being taken to Abraham’s bosom is the Gentiles, by faith, inheriting the promise made to Abraham’s seed, Christ.  These aren’t physical blessings, but spiritual ones.  Are you glad about that, or disappointed?  The answer to that will tell you a lot about where your heart is.  In Galatians 3, Paul wrote extensively about Abraham’s promised blessing superseding Moses’ law, which was only temporary until the fulfillment of that promise.  Here’s some pertinent quotes from that chapter:

  • “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.18 For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.19 Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.”
  • Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.”

  • “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

As convoluted or inadequate as they may be, I hope these blogs have helped you to see Jesus better and to hunger and thirst for God’s kingdom and righteousness on a more authentic and deeper level.  Things are far different than most of us who grew up in Christianity have been taught.  What God desires (and will get) is a household of sons and daughters with the mind of Christ, who worship in spirit and in truth, who walk in love, and who seek to establish the kingdom of God on earth.  Religion may use similar words and make similar statements, but all that religion knows and promotes, be it ever so good and beautiful, comes from their own darkened mind which eats from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and cannot satisfy or please God.  That’s hard to say, but it’s true.  God would have us eat of the Tree of Life again, walking with spiritual understanding and no awareness of sin or condemnation (death) which come by law, but with an awareness of life – His spirit, presence and kingdom.

  1.  Colossians 3:3, 2 Corinthians 5:14, Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:6…
  2. http://www.askelm.com/doctrine/d030602.htm
 
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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Riches and Poverty in a *Spiritual* Kingdom (True Meaning of Lazarus and Rich Man Parable pt. 1)


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While many reading this are probably familiar with Jesus’ parable of the rich man and Lazarus, found in Luke 16:14-31, allow me to summarize it for the purposes of this post:  

Jesus says there were two men: a certain rich man, and a poor man named Lazarus.  The rich man’s life was one of continual ease and enjoyment.  Poor Lazarus’ life was the opposite – he frequently laid outside the rich man’s gate, covered in sores, which dogs would come and lick as he laid there helpless.  Lazarus greatly desired to eat and receive satisfaction from even the crumbs that would fall from the rich man’s table, but he was never welcomed or given anything.  In time, both of these men died. Poor Lazarus was taken to “Abraham’s bosom” and was comforted, while the rich man found himself in Hades, where he was tormented.  The rich man asked Abraham to send Lazarus cool his tongue with water, but Abraham says this cannot be done. He then asks Abraham to send Lazarus to his five brothers to warn them, but Abraham says they had Moses and the prophets to speak to and warn them, and if they wouldn’t listen to these, then they also wouldn’t listen even to someone who rose from the dead.

Several times, I’ve heard this parable used as a warning against the terrors of hell and as an illustration of the setup of hell.  Usually, the idea presented is that torment in hell likely awaits those who ignore or oppress the poor.  However, this parable isn’t about hell or giving money at all.  Let me say again, THIS PARABLE IS NOT ABOUT HELL OR GREED AT ALL.  It’s a –>parable;<– you have to see past the obvious, surface meaning (the natural interpretation) to see the deeper meaning (the spiritual).  It’s mandatory to see that Jesus tells this parable in the context of the lengthy discussion he was having with the Pharisees about their hypocrisy and their illegitimate confidence before God in the law and the old-covenant prophets. It was this confidence in the righteousness of the law that Jesus was actually discussing, and this discussion actually begins in Luke chapter 14 or 15.  If you read carefully, you’ll notice Jesus begins the parable by using the word “now,” meaning it is just a continuation of his current train of thought.  That train of thought is clearly stated in the verses immediately leading to this parable, which are these:

(Luke 16:14-19 NAS77)  “Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things, and they were scoffing at Him. And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since then the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. “But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail. “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery. Now there was a certain rich man…

Believe it or not, the intent and meaning of the Lazarus and Rich Man parable is to illustrate the revolutionary division which Jesus instituted and proclaimed (remember his “winnowing fork” from my last post?)  This division is between two ways of relating to God: the way of self-righteousness and confidence before God based on one’s observance of laws and regulations, and the way of total self-denial based on receiving the life of the spirit and pursuing the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth.  The former way is that of the religious.  It appeals to the flesh and fosters pride, rigid tradition, and hypocrisy. The latter is the way of God’s sons, which appeals to the spirit and fosters humility, evolution, and freedom.

In my next post, to come soon, I’m going to look at specific details of Jesus’ statements both before and in this parable, which should shed more light on what he meant in the telling of this parable and how it still relates to us today. Maybe you can re-read it in a new light and see some things there that will help guide your walk with the Father. I hope you’ll check back in a few days. God bless you.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“Revelation is like breaking chains.” This is something the spirit of God spoke to me a while back.  I’d like to share a few things about this, firstly about “revelation”. 

I’ve probably said this before, but it’s important: “revelation” in scripture literally means “to uncover, to reveal, to make manifest.”  I believe revelation is the only way Truth comes to mankind.  Genuine Truth is spiritual, and can’t be “obtained” or “earned.”  It’s a gift, bestowed.  Jesus said Peter’s famous declaration of Christ as the messiah and God’s son was Truth, revealed to Him by God the Father.1  God uncovered something, and Peter saw it. Jesus himself lived this way.2 

The “agent” or force empowering revelation is referred to as “light.” All through the New Testament, light is emphasized (click here).  In the physical realm, light enables one to see the reality of his or her surroundings, making it possible to go where you want and avoid obstacles and dangers. It’s the same idea in the spiritual realm – light enables spiritual reality to be seen and related to correctly.  The NT states this as well.3 

As I’ve been writing about, I think one of THE biggest spiritual pitfalls is an attitude in which one claims the ability to see, but is without the revelation of light. This is the essence of pride, and is FAR more dangerous spiritually than what many tend to focus on, like watching bad movies or going to a casino or losing your temper. Anyone can read the Bible or listen to teachings and come up with ideas about God’s heart or will, but without spiritual light, every idea and doctrine of the most devout and brightest men is nothing but darkness. 

Here’s an illustration of the state mainstream Christianity is in today: if you were to put ten people in a pitch dark room, they would soon form ten different ideas about what the room contains and looks like, but none would be accurate. If you flipped the lights on for a few seconds and then turned them back off, there would initially be a great increase in true perception and agreement about the room, but if enough time went by in darkness, different opinions would form once again and reality would fade. 

From concern only I say that I see a lot of errors and problems within Christianity.  I believe Christianity has been given glimpses of light in places, but has not continued to rely on light for its spiritual progress and beliefs.  If it had, it would not be so divided.  The few who do truly rely on and follow the light have been marginalized by or ostracized from mainstream Christianity (there are several reasons for this, not the least of which is these people expose its blindness and pride). Things that truly have been revealed and seen in the light are often made into a “golden calf” of sorts – people camp around them, dancing and worshiping day after day, instead of continuing to follow the light. Others wrongly assume that because they or someone else have seen something in the light, everything else is illuminated as well.

As a result of these presumptuous errors, division and blindness have prevailed in the visible church, leaving only the spiritually-blind human mind as a means of perception and relation to God.  However, God is a living, spiritual being, and you absolutely cannot know Him by the mind – by reasoning about spiritual things, theology, or whatever else.  God MUST be known in spirit, in the light, by revelation and communion. 

I am working on a parable of sorts that I wrote illustrating these things, specifically focusing on revelation being like breaking chains.  I may post it sometime.  : )  Thanks for reading.

 

  1. Matthew 16:17: “And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon [a]Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
  2. John 5:19: “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”
  3. Ephesians 5:13: “But all things become visible when they are [a]exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”
 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Counterfeit Pride vs. Spiritual Pride

Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”  -James 4:5-6

If there’s one thing God finds repulsive, it’s pride.  Pride is the only thing in all of the New Testament which God is said to “resist,” literally meaning to “prepare for war against.”  As spirit opposes flesh, God wars against and opposes pride.

You can bet that there is a difference between what God and men see as pride.  Men have defined pride as essentially an inflated ego and self-absorption. That may be true to an extent, but I’m coming to see that every spiritual dynamic found in scripture (such as pride) has a fleshly “counterfeit,” either made or reinforced by the religious, darkened, natural mind of man.  Like counterfeit money, counterfeit spiritual things are designed to seem real – they go by the same name as the genuine, have circulated so long they are accepted almost everywhere without question, and tend to remain in wide circulation until examined closely by someone with better means of perception, often a higher authority.

The counterfeit version of a spiritual dynamic is almost always the most common, because few people wait for and rely on the “light” of the spirit to see and define their reality (why this is so is an interesting question). Instead, the vast majority approach the spiritual realm the way they approach everything else – with the natural mind – which can never produce anything other than natural understandings and ideas.  The presence of Bible quotation and study, inspiring rhetoric, loud music, prayer or fasting, spiritual words, emotional stimulation, or even spiritual “manifestations” don’t at all mean genuine wisdom is present or God is glorified.  

As God sees it, pride is flesh claiming or pretending to be spiritual.  It’s darkness masquerading as light. The Greek word for pride is huperephanos, a compound of huper (over, above, beyond, instead of), and phaino (to shine, lighten, appear). The idea seems to be this: something leaving its proper place in order to take over and be seen.  Pride is flesh/self covering the spirit, making itself seen instead, but pretending nothing is wrong or out of place.

Here’s what’s scary: God opposes and resists pride, but (like many spiritual things) true pride is subtle, deep-rooted and can easily go unnoticed.  Many familiar “counterfeits,” on the other hand, having come from the mind of man, are easier to identify and “correct” through self-discipline of some sort.  Flesh can see and correct flesh, but only the spirit can see and correct spiritual error.  The first step toward the spiritual reality of humility instead of pride is to cry out for God’s light, recognizing the need for it.  Remember –> Jesus said that to claim you can see is to remain blind and under sin (I wrote about that in more detail here). 

I’ll stop for now, but I intend for more to come soon.  God bless you.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Gnats and Camels

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!  -Jesus

I think few come close to realizing what a fearless warrior Jesus was for God’s kingdom! Do you know how much it cost him to obey his Father and speak truth so forcefully? It cost him just about everything that most believers hold dear. Stop and think about it; by saying what he did in the way he did, he lost: the opportunity for a large ministry platform, legitimacy in the world’s eyes, an opportunity for a prosperous or “quiet and peaceful life,” the loyalty of many of his closest followers, and his very physical health and safety. He lost just about everything men hold dear in this life by confronting the perpetrators of religion so harshly. We should honor him for that, because He did this in honor and obedience of his Father, the same Father we have, and his words remain as a foundation for us today.

Jesus says something memorable in Matthew 23 that I believe is a key part of the Pharisaical heart: “you strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”  This is a simple but profound idea he is getting at.  He was essentially saying they emphasized and were meticulous in the minor details, i.e. the “gnats,” such as giving a tenth of their spices and produce, but they neglected or cast off the weightier, more important issues such as justice(meaning judgment and examination), mercy, and faith.  

I heard a popular Christian teacher say on the radio recently that the Greek word translated “religion” means “observer of outward righteousness.”  It’s root is pride and self-focused fear.  With the Pharisees then and the religious today, external observances are emphasized to the neglect of the inward constitution of the heart, because external things are easily regulated and don’t require one to deny selfSelf can be very religious.  Internal qualities such as mercy and faith, which accompany love, require spiritual substance and denial of self.  These are actually harder to attain and more costly than restraining your flesh or giving of your income or possessions.

I have more respect and honor for someone who is seeking God but still dealing with issues of their flesh than I do for one who is outwardly righteous but prideful or cold towards God’s heart.  I think God feels the same.  Make the inward, “weightier” things such as love, mercy, compassion, and self-denial your focus.  Seek God’s heart, seek to know Him and to do His will out of honor.  His grace will change your heart as you diligently seek and encounter His presence and hear His voice, speaking present Truth.  Amen.

 

 
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