Christ’s Character Causes Contention

The Character of Christ was NOT what the Jews expected of their Messiah or indeed of their God….. and yet throughout the Pentateuch we can see the Divine Character IF we study it with a truly “open” mind….. the problem was that RELIGION as practiced by the Jews in the time of Christ had become so far removed from the original precepts of God that Christ’s persona ANGERED them continually.

Observe the behavior in John 8:31 – 59 …… it is absolutely clear that Jesus claimed Deity in John 8:58 ….. and that’s the reason they attempted to stone Him….. it is also clear that He backed up such claim by what transpired in John 8:59…… HE WENT THROUGH THE MIDST of them and went on His way.

The reason why the Words of Jesus must be taken so seriously….. is that He consistently did things that only God could do….. Feeding 5000 people on a child’s meal….. Walking on water….. Raising the dead….. Translocating from one place to another instantly (John 6:21).

The only thing that is required of humans is the faith to actually believe His Words… and yet this is the absolutely HARDEST thing for them to do.

Here are just some of the reasons why:

1. Humans just cannot accept that what APPEARS to be a man…. is actually God…. no matter WHAT said individual may do or say to “prove” it.

2. Humans today have a problem accepting the Bible as God’s book….. the arguments go on like… “it was written by men as a tool of social control”….. “it’s got so much error and contradiction that how can we be sure of anything in there”

3. Modern humans PREFER to put their FAITH in themselves or the scientific process…. rather than trust the Words that they read in a book whose origins and acceptance are the cause of so much contention.

Consider that IF Jesus Christ appeared in 2015 and repeated everything that He did over 2000 years ago….. the results would be NO DIFFERENT…

1. He would ultimately be killed by men.

2. He would NOT be welcome in the big “churches”

3. The scientific community would be eager to use Him as a guinea pig …… conducting all sorts of tests trying to figure out HOW He is able to do what He does…. but certainly NOT believing that He is who He claims to be !

4. The political and financial communities would completely DESPISE His teachings on love, humility, honesty and compassion.

JESUS CHRIST is still PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE in 2015……. and the world still worships their true “father”, the DEVIL, and tries to be just like him.

BROAD IS THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION…… and the MAJORITY of the world’s population is still headed that way

REVELATION, REALITY and RETRIBUTION

Some astronomer is now saying that a bright meteor is what converted Paul on the road to Damascus ….. how fascinating ? …. let’s examine that idea….

I realize that humans will go to all lengths to “explain away” miracles to “natural” phenomena….. however….

1. The Bible is several places expressly says that Paul SAW the resurrected Jesus Christ AND heard “WORDS” (not noises or sounds) from His mouth.

2. Paul’s changed life after the experience was because of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God (Paul says so himself in numerous places)……. and not simply the result of some “terrifying experience” of “natural phenomena” that “frightened him out of his wits”.

A human is either “Born of the Spirit” (John 3:3 – 7) or they are not……

Those “Born of the Spirit” have within themselves Power to overcome the World, the Flesh and the Devil (and they can learn to achieve such victory through Fellowship with Jesus)

Those who are NOT “Born of the Spirit” simply “play at being good and get nowhere fast” …… the Bible says humans CANNOT “reform themselves” no matter how hard they may try…… nobody can simply “work their way to Holiness on their own”…… otherwise Jesus death and Resurrection would have been UNNECESSARY.

Real FAITH in Christ and acceptance of the Bible as the Word of God (which is what it is) is the antecedent of the “New Birth”…… people have to see themselves for what they really are (wretched, hopeless sinners who cannot satisfy a Holy God)….. people have to see God for who He really is (Omnipotent, Omniscient and Holy)…… people have to see what God has done for them by the Sacrifice of Christ…… and then people have to take the necessary steps (acceptance and faith) and INVITE CHRIST into their lives to clean them up and direct their path from that day forward…… the change that takes place after these steps cannot be understood by those looking for “rational explanations” based on “human wisdom”.

People “bitch and moan” or else “ridicule and mock” at the path that God has decreed must be followed for those who would obtain Life, Light and Salvation…… and set about creating all sorts of gods out of their own imagination….. or else they take the seat themselves, and proclaim that they are god (at least in their own lives).

So the real questions are:

1. Is there a GOD over everything ?

2. If so, what is He like ?

3. What does he think of me ? …. and can I know Him ?

Unfortunately, for most of the population, such questions are of academic interest only…… to be argued about at the next cocktail party…… and the pervading ethos that “everybody believes whatever they want” ….. or “nobody’s belief is any better than anybody else”…… belies the fact that the questions can have DEFINITE answers ONLY…… so IN REALITY “everybodys’ ideas” CANNOT POSSIBLY be “correct”.

The Bible says “there is a way that seems good to a man, but the end thereof is the way of DEATH” (Proverbs 14:12)

No wonder Jesus said (when asked how many would be saved), “strive to enter in at the narrow gate….” (Luke 13:23 – 24)

REALITY is much fewer than half the world’s population are “saved”…… the bulk of the world’s population is DAMNED and DOOMED….. and this “sticks in the craw” of “humanists” …. who rationalize that no Deity would destroy the bulk of His creation….. far less a “loving” Deity !

Unfortunately, the bulk of the worlds population is in rebellion against the true God….. have rejected His Christ….. and will never voluntarily submit to His authority….. and when the time is right they will be disposed of.

If you think that this sounds “awful” ….. consider that in the days when man first invented the color LCD screen…. the yield rate from the process was very small….. I ask you, did the idea of destroying 75% of the defective ones coming off the assembly line cause humans to stop production ….. NO it did not…. it was considered acceptable by man to reject the majority and sell the “perfect ones” at a high cost.

Why should it seem “unfair” if God looking over the whole earth for people with a heart to love and serve Him…… destroys all the rest and saves the few that are “perfect” according to His requirements ? Can not God do whatever He wants with his creation the same way humans do it with theirs ?

If I was a human that mocked at God and refused to acknowledge His authority over me….. I would be VERY AFRAID for my future…… because of a CERTAINTY (you can be sure that) God will NOT TOLERATE such rebellion forever.

The time to be saved is NOW…. while there is still an opportunity extended to you

SALVATION SECURITY

I am surprised how some Christians could actually believe that “salvation” can be lost…. the Bible is consistent in teaching the “family” concept in relation to God, Jesus and us…. when we get saved we are born “into the family of God by God” (John 1:13)….  “now are we the sons of God….” (1 John 3:2).

The relationship of father and son is not changed if  a “son goes and does all manner of wickedness”….. the parable of Jesus shows this (Luke 15:11 – 32)….

Furthermore, our salvation rests with God and NOT with us….  “He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6)…

“Once saved, always saved” is the position taught in the Bible and I guarantee that I can properly explain any verse you might find to the contrary…. try me….

The REAL questions we should be asking ourselves, when we see a “Christian” behaving worse than an unbeliever is:

1. Was he ever really saved. (Matthew 7:21 – 23)

2. If so, what is God going to do to him now  (Hebrews 10:31)

Salvation is a miracle of God that takes place in a person’s heart, nobody can say with any certainty whether another person is saved or not….. and some people do not even know if they are saved, far less anybody else…..  but actually, it IS possible to know within yourself that you are saved  (Romans 8:16)

Finally, regardless of backsliding, God is able to work in the hearts of those who have actually been saved and turn them back to Himself…. I am a living testimony of that and so are many others.

The very notion that salvation can be “lost” and “recovered”  makes no sense at all….  how can a person be “saved” one day  and “lost” the next ? …. this is simply NOT the way that God operates with humans…. salvation is an unmerited GIFT of God that is actually a MIRACLE in the life of a person…… God does not “waste” His miracles and “take back” His gifts….  the real problem with people who believe that we can drift in and out of salvation on a daily basis is that they are believing in a WORKS-based salvation  without even realizing it, they have made salvation a “reward of God” for “good works”…. when the Bible clearly teaches that it is NOT so……   “good works” may issue forth AFTER genuine salvation has taken place in the heart….  but any other  “good works” have nothing to do with salvation….. nobody can “gain” salvation BY “good works”…… and plenty other people can do “good works” who don’t even claim to be Christian or even believe in God (far less Jesus Christ).

IF you are a true Christian reading this, then I hope that God will soon “witness” salvation to your heart so that you may know for sure that you ARE saved…… believe me, when that happens you will do “good works” spontaneously and with joy

IF you have never been truly saved but want that assurance right now…. just talk to Jesus (like you would talk to another person) and genuinely ask Him  to come into your life and clean it out…. ask Him to forgive your sins…. and then follow through with your commitment to LIVE FOR HIM and follow His instructions in the Bible

IF you are a backslider who once knew the goodness of God and sin has made a mess of your life….. it’s no accident that you are reading this today….. you need to repent and Jesus will take you back again (He is the one who told the story in Luke 15:11-32)….. He wants you back no matter what you have done and He will heal your life and restore the joy you once had….. He did it for me….  He has done it for others ….. and He will do it for you too.

righteousness

A person is righteous…. when they have walked in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless (Luke 1:6)… but they are not sinless (Ecclesiastes 7:20)

How does this relate to  Christians today ?

Every Christian SHOULD be led by God (Romans 8:14)….  why are so many of them seeking to be led by man ?…. because they are not hearing from God, and they are not hearing from God because they are not righteous…. they are not taking the time to spend with Him OR because there is something that they value more highly than God (some idol  in their lives).

It is a COP OUT….. it is so much easier to let some other person connect with God and bring back the Word for them to follow….  they PREFER to be led by man, because it’s “less work” for them…. they can get ahead with their worldly agendas and only need to spare an hour on Sunday (or Saturday… depending on their perspective on the Sabbath)

But what happens if the priest, minister or reverend is NOT righteous…. then all these people (his congregation) end up DECEIVED…. because he is no longer “in contact” with God….. and this is exactly how all the various cults have started !

God’s desire is for fellowship with  ALL His creation…. but He also accepts those who look to ministers for guidance (Exodus 20:19), because He knows the heart….  He knows all the reasons WHY individual people do what they do.

We (who know the Lord personally) have a great RESPONSIBILITY to GUIDE others in “paths of righteousness”….. all who have misused their position of “intimacy with God” for their own purposes have committed Satan’s original sin (and you can read about that HERE)