green apple with the red one standing out from the crowd – over a white background with reflection
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.
Probably no topic is more fraught with ‘divisiveness’ than the subject of ‘separation’. The idea of being separate from another has with it the connotation of doing something better, or, by many people’s estimation, ‘being better’, than someone else. But, that simply is what it is.
Paul pointed this out himself, even while explaining that we should be unified. He said,
For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you.
1 Corinthians 11:19
In one meeting, upon a riverbank, Old met New. One was fulfilled, and one was just beginning. He must increase, and I must. He must become greater, and I must become less.
For, the law and the prophets were until John, and since that time, men were forcefully entering the Kingdom with violence (Luke 16:16).
The old system was to be replaced, and it was the New that mattered now. The law was given through Moses, Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
Jeremiah the prophet wrote this oracle:
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
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[W]e know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.
1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (portion)
Love builds up. It edifies. It substantiates. Love is the substance of the Gospel. The man without love is without God, for God is love.
The Kingdom of God requires diligence, patience, long-suffering, peace, and trust, because these are what love are. Perhaps one of the greatest equalizers in the universe is the power of love. Both kings and those who the world regards as “nobody”s can have it, and it can make either of their hearts warm, and soft, and alive. Both can possess everything that matters in this life, and never lack, because love is enough.
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John answered and said, A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.
The Spirit of Revelation was Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:8, that God might grant it unto His people. Jesus operated by a Spirit of Revelation, through the ministering of angelic messengers (John 1:51, Luke 22:43, Luke 2:9, Mark 1:13). By way of revelation, because it is the revelation that makes it known to be followed, Jesus did only what He saw His father doing (Luke 5:19), and He spoke only what the Father gave Him to say (Luke 14:24). Jesus was not a “free” man unto Himself, He waited for His proper timing in everything, whereas for other people, any time was acceptable (John 7:6). In short, Jesus was a solder. He was a man under authority with others under Him (Matthew 8:9 — think angels, which is the only possible explanation of this passage in context with the Centurion to whose house Jesus never went). He didn’t operate as His own agent, but only out of the place of revelation to be about the business of His Father.
Not only did Jesus Himself operate in revelation, it was so important, that John the Apostle said that testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy (Revelation 19:10). It was by revelation, by means of a vision, that John received the last book of the New Testament, and revelation is a key factor in all of the books in between there and the Gospels. For, it was by revelation that Paul received all His great insights (Galatians 1:12).
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Christ gave His life for us, and, although we can get to heaven, it is quite apparent from scripture that we can have greater or less reward when we get there. We are saved by Grace, yet rewarded for what we do. This is called the doctrine of Eternal Reward.
Psalm 1:5 says, “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.” We understand that the sinners will be judged, but so too will the believers, made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ.
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He who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought.
1 Corinthians 8:2 (paraphrase)
The most interesting thing about the gospel is that, you could have all the words right, you could say all the right things, have all the right demeanor and mannerism, you could know when to shout and how to dance, but you could be just as much of a devil as Judas was. That’s right. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.
You don’t have what it takes. You never have, and you never will. If you can do it, it isn’t God, and it needs to die.
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What ever happened to the Kingdom? Jesus said,
But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
We have lost sight of the Kingdom. Jesus came to set the captives free. We can prophesy, we can cast out demons in His name, we can do might works and miracles, but we have lost the Kingdom.
I am not waiting for another dispensation for some grandiose allotment of power and authority from heaven. Jesus declared sufficiently, after His passion and resurrection, that ALL authority in Heaven and Earth was His (Matthew 28:18). We are not waiting for God to flip a switch in heaven; He already did that. All we are waiting for is for the switch to be thrown in us.
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