delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is
within my heart. (Psalm 40:)
NOT ALL CLEAN
John 13: 1Now
before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was
come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having
loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2And
supper being ended, the
devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son,
to betray him; 3Jesus
knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that
he was come from God, and went to God; 4He
riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and
girded himself. 5After
that he poureth water into a basin, and
began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them
with the towel wherewith he was girded. 6Then
cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou
wash my feet? 7Jesus
answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou
shalt know hereafter. 8Peter
saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If
I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. 9Simon
Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my
hands and my
saith to him, He that is
washed needeth not save to wash his
feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye
are not all clean. 12So
after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set
down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13Ye
call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so
I am. 14If
I then, your
Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one
another's feet. 15For
I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16Verily,
verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord;
neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17If
ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. (Mat 7:)
"Ye are not all clean."
Judas, a disciple of Jesus.
Not only a
disciple, of whom were many, but called an Apostle by Jesus (Luke 6:13).
Judas was one of the
Apostles sent out 2 by
2 to cast out demons and heal the sick (Luke 9:12).
For at least three years
Jesus and heard His every Word.
Judas was not only baptized,
others (John 4:1-2).
If there is anyone who would
Judas would surely have been one of them.
Yet Judas fell sway to the
devil. Judas was
not clean. Had he been clean, as were the other Apostles, all he would
have had to do is allow Jesus to wash his feet, his walk, his failings
each of us experience day-by-day.
Being washed by the Blood of Jesus is not enough. Yes, it is all that
is needed to clean
us, but when we dirty ourselves after
we are clean, we need to have our feet cleaned. If we fail to wash our
feet, to allow our garment of righteousness to become soiled, we will
find ourselves drifting farther and farther from our redeemer.
Peter expresses it this way:
are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to
whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18For
when they speak great swelling words
of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through
much wantonness, those that
were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19While
they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of
corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in
if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the
knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again
entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than
the beginning. 21For
it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness,
than, after they have known it,
to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22But
it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is
turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her
wallowing in the mire. (2Pet 2: see
also the parable of the seeds cast on the rock, the thistles, and the
wayside Mat 13:)
COME, LET US ARGUE TOGETHER
delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is
within my heart. (Psalm 40:)
Was there one angel at the tomb of Jesus' resurrection, or were their
two? Were there two wild men with a legion of demons, or was there only
one? Were two blind men healed, or only one? Did the cock crow twice at
Peter's denial of Jesus, or did the cock crow three times?
These, and "many" other
the credibility of the Bible are very important. We must look
diligently for the answers to these distressing contradictions in
effort to vindicate God and His trustworthiness. After all, how can we
trust someone who can't tell the difference between one and two?
Many scholarly documents have been written trying to explain these and
other discrepancies. And aren't we glad there are people with the time,
knowledge and wherewithal to undertake such a undertaking. Consider:
how many people's eternal souls have been lost because they were unable
to accept the Word of God when it held such blaring contradictions and
It is my understanding that
there have been
people throughout history who have succeeded to one degree or another
in their efforts to explain these contradictions and errors.
Others I have heard or read,
trying to explain away these ghastly errors point to the fact that the
Bible was written over a period of 6,000 years, by such and such a
number of writers, and yet the Bible is more consistent and reliable
than any other literary source of material.
The study of the Bible in effort to explain it is called "Apologetics."
Apologetic means to apologize.
Apologize? Apologize for
what? For whom?
I find it interesting that we mere mortals find it necessary to
apologize for God, or to try and justify the Word of God.
I say: Isn't there something
better they can
do with their limited time here on earth? Perhaps they might be more
productive looking into their failed interpretations
of God's Word (doctrines), instead of trying to mend God's supposed
broken grammar and lack of historical knowledge.
there discrepancies and unexplainable elements in the Bible? Maybe,
maybe not. There may be loads
of such "errors" for all I know. The only thing I can say for sure is
that in all my research so far, which is very limited I must confess, I
have come across no error, contradiction, or misplaced tittle that
effected the Truth I was looking for.
Truth of the Word, in my opinion and in my experience, is not in the
textural structure of the Bible. I do not look for God's Word in the
Bible, although I know it is there. If I looked every day of my life,
with every fiber of my being intent on finding the Truth, I would not
be able to find it.
The Truth of God's Word is not in God's Word.
We see daily this same
principle when we
look at the newspaper. On one of the pages, probably the funnies, there
is a game called "word puzzle." Here you have a box loaded with
letters, none of them making any sense whatever. Seemingly. But
somewhere hidden amongst all those letters are words that tell you what
the writer of the puzzle wants you to know.
Out of all those letters
there may be only
10% that have any meaning at all. Every one of the other sets of
letters one might find are either accidental, or they are put there to
lead you astray from the real answers.
Word puzzles are not the
only place such
tactics are used. During the war (and in many other aspects of life)
they used what is called "Secret Codes." Usually these codes were
melded into everyday speech so they could not be recognized as codes.
Anyone listening in to, or reading the code would not know what message
was being transmitted without a "Decoder" that told the receiver what
to look for. Anyone else who reads the message will be able to detect
every word said, but they will have no clue as to the meaning
of the message that is being sent.
Man has a way of wanting to know everything. Some of us are more
inclined to be this way than others. Those who are most
inclined toward this idiosyncracy tend to become instructors,
lecturers, experts and hold other such positions of influence.
Man can not know everything.
Man can only think
he knows everything, and pretend
like he knows everything.
And what was it Jesus had to
say to those
who "knew everything?" Those experts of the Word who dedicated their
lives to seeing that Jesus was killed? Read here for the answer: Mat
God wrote the Bible so everyone can understand it; isn't that right?
"The simplicity of the Gospels," isn't that what you are taught?
Jesus said just the
opposite. Check out
these verses: Matthew 13:10-17.
Is there anywhere else in
the Bible that
might give a hint to the fact that God has hidden His Truth in His
Word? You might read what Isaiah has to say on the subject: Isaiah
If what I am saying is true, then it certainly looks like God has made
it so that nobody
can know the Truth. How can somebody find what God wants to keep hidden
from us? And why, we might ask, does God want to keep His purposes and
His desires for us a secret in the first place? It just doesn't sound
logical, does it?
And it isn't
logical. And that is exactly the point. When we try to find God's will
for us with our logical mind, we will invariably be led astray.
There is a magnet in the earth. We are told this. Whether it be
centrifugal force that holds us on this earth, or some other means, we
are none the less drawn to the earth and held there.
In the Bible we (man) is
called "earth." We
are made from the earth, and we will return to the earth. And like the
earth, we pull everything toward ourself. We want what's best for us,
and we direct our attention and our efforts toward this goal: to
We are created in God's
image. In order to
understand God, we must first understand ourselves. As long as we embed
ourself in our lust, and refuse to look for the better parts of
ourself, the God-like
parts of ourself, we will never understand God.
We draw things toward
ourself. If we create
something, we do not create that thing for the thing's
sake, but for our
God is the same. God created
man. At the
time He created man, He instilled in His creation a drive to satisfy
himself. At the same time as this He also gave us a desire to please
We are given a choice -
which do we choose?
Do we direct our love and energy toward ourself? Or do we direct all
that love and energy toward the One who created us, who gave us life,
who supplies us with all our needs?
From the first Man in the
Garden of Eden,
God's creation has chosen to follow his own road rather than follow
God's will for him. There have been exceptions, but those exceptions
have been few.
The greatest of those
exceptions was, of
course, God's only begotten Son who did nothing but do the will of His
None of us mortals can do
the same. It just
is not in us. We follow the pull of the magnet called Ego that directs
everything toward our self.
We, on our own can never do
please our self. Although this ability to please God and others was
planted in us, it is so buried that it is almost impossible to find.
And in a society as we have today, where we are taught nothing but the
satisfaction of our lusts, that desire to please God and others has
become even more deeply buried.
We can not obey God's will for us. It is impossible. Yet we are told
the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in
answered and said unto them,
Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of
heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For
whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more
abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even
that he hath. 13Therefore
speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing
they hear not, neither do they understand. 14And
in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye
shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and
shall not perceive (Mat 13:)
Does this include the understanding of God's Word? Does this mean that
if we turn a blind eye to what God is showing us, and instead listen to
someone who thinks
they know God's Word, that we will lose what little understanding we
have been given?
that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, because thou
hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them
unto babes. 26Even
so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27All
things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son,
but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and
to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
If I read this Scripture correctly, then those who are so wise, the
ones we look up to, and those we look to
for understanding, are not
the ones God has revealed His understanding to. Isn't this pretty well
demonstrated by the actions of the wise Pharisees and Scribes?
will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19Yet
a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because
I live, ye shall live also. 20At
that day ye shall know that I am
in my Father, and ye in me, and
I in you. 21He
that hath my commandments,
and keepeth them, he it is
that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and
I will love him, and will
manifest myself to him. 22Judas
saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest
thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23Jesus
answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he
will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto
him, and make our abode with him. 24He
that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear
is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. (John 14:)
"And keep His Word." And does
what Jesus tells us to do. Those who do
(there's that nasty works
word so despised in most of the churches today) the Words of Jesus will
receive the Holy Spirit and have Jesus manifest [disclose, appear,
declare, inform] Himself to them.
The talkers, the searchers,
the teachers are
not the ones who will see Jesus or understand His Words. It's the
"babes," those who have humbled themselves as little children and do
what they are told
to do who will learn what God has said. It's in the doing
that we learn, not in our scholarly pursuits to prove God knows what He
is talking about.
On our own we can not please God. And there is nothing in us that can
bring about something pleasing to God. Yet if we do not please God,
there is no way we can ever understand the Scriptures. If we can't
count on the words of those who have apponted themselves to instruct
us, and if we can't use our own carnal wisdom in order to understand
God's will for us, then how can we learn? Where do we begin?
things have I spoken unto you, being yet
present with you. 26But
the Comforter, which is
the Holy Ghost, whom the
Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things,
and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto
I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth,
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be
afraid. (John 14:)
In order to understand God's Word, we must do His will. And to help us
do His will, and to understand His Word, He comes to us in the form of
the Holy Spirit. And without the Holy Spirit (the Decoder), we can
neither do God's will, thereby please Him, nor can understand His Words
Kind of a vicious circle,
wouldn't you say?
And how do we enter that circle?
answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except
a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus
saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the
second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5Jesus
answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water and of
the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That
which is born of the flesh is flesh; and
that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel
not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The
wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but
canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one
that is born of the Spirit. 9Nicodemus
answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10Jesus
answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest
not these things? 11Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we
have seen; and ye receive
not our witness. 12If
I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye
believe, if I tell you of
heavenly things? 13And
no man hath
ascended up to heaven, but he that came
down from heaven, even
the Son of man which is in heaven. 14And
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son
of man be lifted up: 15That
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16For
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved. 18He
that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because
he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19And
this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For
every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the
light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21But
he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3:)
Believing, and by being Born again. This is our entry into that circle
which will afford us the knowledge we seek. And once we have found that
knowledge everyone is looking so hard for, we discover that the
knowledge is nothing, but rather it is the doing
of God's will, and the relationship
with the One we sought, that allows
us to find that knowledge, that is of greatest importance.
In the World's view (and the church's as well, indicated by all the
effort it exerts to prove otherwise) the Bible is full of errors, lies
and contradictions. What if this were true? What if conclusive,
incontrovertible evidence was brought forth proving that the Bible was
inconsistent and erroneous. What would that do to Christianity and the
Very little I'm afraid.
Because the churches
are not built upon sound doctrine, nor is the Bible believed in most of
the churches. The credibility of the Bible proven one way or the other
would have little significance. Christianity is just a name, a title
under which people come together and do what they want to do, and where
they can feel better than other people because of the choice of church
they have decided upon.
Although what I have said is true, and some people who are honest with
this is true, there exists a very small group of Christians of whom
this is not
true. These people are not a part of the church system as we know it.
They very likely attend
a church, and they are very likely highly involved in that church,
whatever church that may be, it matters not; but their allegiance is
not to the church as a group of people, nor is it to a building as are
those Christians they work with. They are led and taught by the Lord
Himself, and thereby they are not dependant on what the World or the
If all evidence points to
the fallibility of
the Gospel, it would prove nothing to these people because the Words
written between the covers of a book are not the Words they believe in.
The Words that they obey, and that they believe in are those planted in
their heart, and in their experience
of the Lord.
they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable
things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. 19And
I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and
I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an
heart of flesh: 20That
they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them:
and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 21But
as for them
whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and
their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads,
saith the Lord GOD. (Ezek 11:)
are our epistle written
in our hearts, known and read
of all men: 3Forasmuch
as ye are manifestly declared
to be the epistle of
Christ ministered by us, written
not with ink, but with the Spirit
of the living God; not in
tables of stone, but in fleshy
tables of the heart. (2Cor
It's not the pages between
the covers of a
book that is the Word of God. There were no Bibles except the Old
Testament when Paul penned these words. It is the lives, and the
demonstrated faith of the true believers who are the true Words of God
and of Jesus, to the World. But since the churches are filled with
people no different than the World they are supposedly witnessing to,
the Words of God are not believed, and are therefore counted to be
words carved in stone or written on parchment.
Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not
with wisdom of words, lest
the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18For
the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto
us which are saved it is the power of God. 19For
it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to
nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20Where
the wise? where is
the scribe? where is
the disputer of this world? hath
not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21For
after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it
pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22For
the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock,
and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24But
unto them which are
called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom
of God. 25Because
the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is
stronger than men. (1Cor 1:)
When someone comes to my door unexpectedly it often throws me into a
tizzy. Being a bachelor and a relative hermit, I receive very few
visitors. Because I entertain so rarely, my house tends to fall behind
in upkeep, and I have unfinished projects scattered all around the
house. Dishes may be two or three days sink-worthy. The bathroom may
look well lived in, and my bedroom may appear as if a family of racoons
had taken up residence in it.
to keep on top of daily chores, but like I said, I'm a bachelor.
How do you say to someone who has taken their time to visit you:
"Please go away and make an appointment so I can prepare for you"? And
the more important that person is to you, the more difficult such words
would be to say, and the more conscious you would be of the mess they
are about to see.
As I invite my guest in, my eyes frantically search the room, becoming
painfully aware of every particle of paper on the floor, each scrap
looking ever so much like a pile of wadded up newspapers. The stack of
dirty dishes in the sink (even if it is only from the meal I just
finished) looks to me like Mount Everest with a snowy top of mildew.
As I sit conversing with my
guest, I find I
am having difficulty concentrating on the words he is saying (and if it
a she, and especially if she is a special
she) because my mind continually drifts to the next
room that is going to become exposed to my guest: and to hurried
schemes whereby I may surreptitiously sneak away and hide my dirty
This is in the natural. This is what I go through when it is someone
who could care less about the state of my living quarters.
But let's say the stakes
were to be raised
considerably. Let us say you (you and I) were to be suddenly
investigated by the police or some other agency, and their findings
were going to have a great impact on your future. And just to give you
an even break, lt's say you had a three hour warning that your house
was going to be searched.
What would you do? Would the
your house become a major priority at that time? Would dust become
hurriedly swept under carpets? Would soiled towels find themselves
stuffed in laundry hampers? And what about all those dirty dishes and
the unmade beds?
I'll give you an even bigger
break than I
would have. You are not a hermit, therefore you do not have dirty
dishes, an unmade bed, and soiled laundry strewn about the house. You
are fully prepared for guests.
But what about your closets?
something in one of your closets that might be embarrassing if
discovered? No? Your closets are clean?
What about a single drawer?
What about that
hidden cranny that your eye turns toward nervously when nosy people
come to near it?
We are Christians, you and I. At least I assume you are a Christian
because you are reading Christian literature.
We know that there is
someone who will
be checking into all the nooks and crannies of our life one of these
days. We call that time the
Judgement. And we are taught
that even before the Judgement, our Lord will be paying us a visit and
will expect that we have taken good care of what He has given us.
And one of those thing He
has given us is a
new heart, cleansed by His Holy Spirit.
What kind of a custodian
have you been? What
will He find in that heart He has given you? How clean have you kept
that new heart? Is there any of the old you, the old Adam secreted away
in that heart that will cause you to fear discovery?
When you became a Christian, you took an oath. Do you remember that
oath? If not, you might find it expedient to search your memory and
your records because you are going to be held
to that oath whether you remember it or not. That oath you took commits
you to God as His bride, as a part of His body, and you have given
yourself over to him completely.
Have you lived up to such an
you had a wife (or a husband for you women) who was as loyal and as
loving toward you as you have been to the Lord, would you give your
spouse the stamp of approval?
We have a tendency to think of this time we have been given as being
our own, to do with as we will. And this view is all too often
supported by the churches. We think as did the untrustworthy steward in
Luke 16; or the unwise servant in Matthew 24; or even the faithful
church members, pastors and elders in Matthew 7. We believe that our
meager efforts directed toward something other than ourselves are
approved sacrifices to our Lord; that He appreciates every little
moment we offer Him throughout our day and that He will reward us
generously when our time comes. We think, and are taught, that we are
special in the eyes of God because we have chosen to wear His name tag.
This is what God has to say
6But we are all as an
and all our righteousnesses are
as filthy rags; and we all
do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us
away. 7And there is
none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold
of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us,
because of our iniquities. (Isaiah 64:)
likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are
commanded you, say, We
are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
You have invited Jesus into your heart. You know this. And you know His
Holy Spirit can see into every hidden crevice you conceal from the
world. What is He seeing? Is there anything hidden that should be
brought out into the open and confessed in order that the Lord can
prune them from you so that you can be a fruitful branch? Or are you
afraid you might end up as a dead branch ready to be bundled alongside
the fiery pit?
We are not perfect. We never will
be perfect in these mortal bodies. But we should be making every effort
to direct ourself toward the perfection that Jesus manifested, and that
the Apostles demonstrated. It is not our job to berate ourselves for
our failures or our faults. But it is
our job to recognize our faults for what they are, and to desire with
all our heart to be rid of them. And if we do our part in effort to
make us acceptable for the presence of God, Jesus will do His part:
then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you,
that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If
we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie,
and do not the truth: 7But
if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one
with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from
we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not
in us. 9If
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If
we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not
in us. (1John 1:)
Don't let anyone deceive you. You can't be a part of this World and a
part of the world to come. All effort is directed toward convincing you
that you can have it all now, and still have it all in the end. Don't
fall into the trap the World has set for the church. Stay alert to the
Words of God that have been placed in your heart:
not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that
shall he also reap. 8For
he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but
he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after
the same example of unbelief. 12For
the word of God is
quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even
to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart. 13Neither
is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things
naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 14Seeing
then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of
our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we
without sin. 16Let
us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain
mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:)
I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and
hath nothing in me. (John
I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into
great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23And
I will kill her children with death; and
all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and
hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
Who controls the reigns of your heart? Are you prepared to have your
heart searched? Will you be able to say as Jesus did that Satan can
find nothing of his in you? How about a little ego problem? Perhaps a
dab of pride? How about your thought life? Your anger? Your
relationship with your wife, your children, your boss, your
Joseph was a picture of Jesus, a foreshadowing of our Lord. In Genesis
44 Joseph "set up" his younger brother whom he loved in order to reward
him. He had his own silver cup planted in Benjamin's belongings and
then told his soldiers to search his brothers, and bring to him the one
who had "stolen" the cup.
Benjamin is a picture of the
younger brother of Jesus, the one who had the same blood coursing
through his body as Joseph had. He is the one Joseph was concerned
about, as well as his concern for his father.
All the rest were half
brothers, from the
same father, but from different mothers. In spite of the fact that they
had done Joseph wrong, they reaped the rewards - to a point- that
we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29But
as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that
was born after the Spirit, even
so it is
what saith the scripture? Cast
out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not
be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31So
then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
Although the brothers are of the same family, they will not receive the
full inheritance as will the heir, the half brothers of the Lord.
The Jews expected (and I suppose still do) to be the hairs of God's
good graces because they were of the seed of Abraham. It didn't matter
that they had corrupted God's Word and abused God's Son, their awaited
Messiah: because they were Jews, and self righteous Jews at that, they
believed God looked favorably upon then.
We have this same situation today. We have churches and church members
who believe because they belong to a certain church, or they believe
certain doctrines, or because they perform certain rituals, that they
are the chosen of God and will inherit the same as will the Apostles
and all the faithful Martyrs. They believe they can live the life of
the Worldly and reap the harvest planted by the faithful overcomers.
Where do you stand? Are you prepared to have your heart searched? Will
you, as did Benjamin, be discovered with that which belongs to Jesus,
His Holy Spirit? Or will you stand ashamed before the throne of
Judgement hoping your unconfessed and unrepented flesh will not be
come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and
children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he
cannot be my disciple. 27And
whosoever doth not bear his cross,
and come after me, cannot be my
which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and
counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient
to finish it? 29Lest
haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it,
all that behold it
begin to mock him, 30Saying,
This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31Or
what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down
first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him
that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32Or
else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage,
and desireth conditions of peace. 33So
likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath,
he cannot be my disciple. 34Salt
good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be
is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but
men cast it out. He that
hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The Sinner's Prayer (remember this?)
Heavenly Father [acknowledges
that you are a "son" just as Jesus is ],
I know that I have sinned against you and that my sins separate me from
you. [Do you know this? Or
were these just words said out of desperation or because of emotions?]
I am truly sorry. [ Was you
telling the truth? Is it still true today?]
I now want to turn away from my past sinful life and turn to you for
forgiveness. [Did you turn
away from your sins? Have you even bothered to learn what God counts as
sin?] Please forgive me,
and help me avoid sinning again.
[Now that you have the foregiveness you asked for, are you working with
the Holy Spirit to cleanse you? Or are you settled back and expecting
the Holy Spirit to do it all?]
I believe that your son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was
resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. [Believe
requires action. Have you studied the Bible to learn what Salvation and
Jesus is all about? If you really believe Jesus gave His all for you,
do you think you are a believer if you don't want to learn all you can
about your Lord and Master?]
I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my
heart from this day forward.
[Are you letting your "Lord and Master" rule? Or are you expecting your
Lord and Master to follow you and supply all your wants and desires?]
Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will
for the rest of my life. [
What is the Holy Spirit? Do you believe He's real? Is He influencing
you at all? If He is real to you, have you developed a relationship
with Him? What kind? Would you risk that relationship by not doing all
you can to please Him and your Lord?]
In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Is the above the prayer you prayed? Do you remember? (I can't remember
if I even prayed the sinner's prayer, leastwise the words I used. It
doesn't matter; I didn't remember the words I used when I swore in as a
soldier in the Army either, but I was still bound by them.)
Perhaps the church you attend, or that you attended when you recited
the Sinner's Prayer went something more like this:
"God, I know that I
am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However,
I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death
and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and
Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving
me and forgiving me! Amen!"
If this is the case, you
haven't said much,
nor have you committed anything at all, have you? It's kind of like
getting married and acknowledging the fact that what you are doing is
marrying a woman (or a man) without any promise of sacrifice. If your
spouse, who you love, cherish, protect and sacrifice for had such an
attitude toward you as what is expressed in the "sinner's prayer"
above, and no more, would you wish to continue your devotion for her?
If such was your
sinner's prayer, I suggest you take a good look at the Bible, then have
a few words with the one who has been instructing you.
what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even
in thy mouth, and in thy
heart: that is, the word of faith, which
we preach; 9That
if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation. 11For
the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
PICK AND CHOOSE
Romans 8: 1 There is therefore now
no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit
There are two ways to interpret the above verse. One way will get you
nowhere, the other way can gain for you Eternal Life with the Lord.
The first half of the verse
indicate that all Christians (of course we know this only applies to
those Christians in your
church) do not have to be concerned about anything they do, or anything
do because there is no condemnation to those in the (your) church.
Now, if you enjoy life just
as it is, if you
are comfortable in your pew on Sunday (or Saturday as the case may be),
and you are being told to relax because your fare to Heaven has been
paid and is non-revocable, then you continue memorizing the first half
of the verse.
If you happen to accidently
see the last
half of the verse, and it makes you nervous, talk to your pastor or
another elder and he will tell you confidently that you received the
Holy Spirit at baptism.
Now set back and relax, and
second cup of coffee.
A word of advise. Don't, whatever you do, look closely at the second
half of the verse. You might stumble upon the Words "walk not
after the flesh, but after
Do you know what it means to
walk not after
the flesh? That means to cease from satisfying you wants, lusts and
desires. Do you know what it means to walk after the Spirit? That means
to follow Jesus and the Apostles to the cross where everything about
the old man is left, and live your life as a servant to God and your
There are two ways to look at Salvation. The first way is the most
commonly used, and that is to see Christianity as a means by which you
are able to make life easier on yourself, and gain eternal life as
The second way to view your
with God is as a servant, a slave, a soldier ever ready and anxious to
do the Lord's bidding, whatever that might entail, whatever may be the
The Bible is written in such a way that either of these views can be
made abundantly clear, and proven beyond doubt. If you are looking to
serve yourself, then the Bible (and almost all the churches) will cause
you to feel perfectly happy and content in your view.
On the other hand, if you
have chosen to
dedicate your life to the Lord, than all the verses of Scripture that
seem to tell you that you can relax on the train to Heavenly Wonderland
will mean nothing to you. You will be searching the Scriptures, and
your heart for instructions that tell you which sacrifice to make next,
and which battle your Lord wants you to take your place in the front of.
God has two churches. The first is the highly visible church called
The second church is the unseen
Church called the Woman in White, hidden from the World, and preparing
to meet her Husband, Her Lord and Master.
RIGHT OR LEFT
The student is not above his teacher: but every
one that is educated shall be as his teacher.
(Luke 6:40 translation unknown)
The word "educated" is translated "perfect" in the KJ version. At any
case, the actual meaning is "to repair, mend, complete thoroughly, join
Can you imagine what it will
be like to be like
our "Teacher," perfect and joined together with Him? This is what the
Bible teaches us that we will be, the body with the Head, one being
just as perfect as the other.
Does your church teach this?
Are you being
instructed to set yourself and your wants aside and allow the Holy
Spirit to make you just like your Teacher?
What are you being taught? Whatever your teacher is teaching you,
whether in school or in church, that is all you can hope to become.
Set your aim high. Obtain
for yourself the
best of Teachers so you can become just like Him.
One of our famous sayings is, "If you're not content with what you
have, you'll never be content with what you want."
Did you get that? It's apparently an old quote that I can't find the
source of. But if you got
it: enough said.
I FOUND IT!
That's right. After all my griping and complaining that there is no
church that is open to the leading of the Holy Spirit: I found one. And
to think, it is only a thousand miles from where I live.
What does it mean that I
found a church that
is following the leading of the Holy Spirit? Does that mean they agree
with all my "doctrines," or that I agree with everything they believe?
Not at all. There are a lot
of things I
don't know about this church. They may have beliefs that differ vastly
from mine. And how could it be otherwise? I am learning day by day what
the Bible teaches. If I agreed with something today, I might learn
something tonight that will have me believing differently than I do
What I have found by
websites, the blogs, and by reading the sermons is that they are pretty
well like-minded one with another, and what's more important, they are
God-minded and not indoctrinated. I suspect (of course I can't say)
that should they discover that something they believe is out of the
way, that they would seek the Lord, and follow the direction He leads
This is all I have ever
asked from anyone,
to seek the Truth, and follow it, even if it leads one into darkness
for a while before the light is seen. Ridding oneself of error often
means cutting the doctrinal security ropes that make us feel
comfortable, before the True source of Godly understanding can even be
seen. This is what the Bible calls: "Faith."
I am encouraged. If there is
church that is free from Pharisaical doctrine, perhaps there are others.
I sincerely hope so!