Praise the Lord.
There is a teaching that it was only the Abrahamic covenant that was finished on the cross and that Christ had to go on and suffer for all our sins under the hands of Satan in the underworld and be reborn in hell. There He suffered all that we would if we died without redemption. It is from His suffering in hell that we were brought back from the slave market of sin.
There is a teaching that we can speak the word by faith over and over and we will receive all that we ask for because we have the Holy Spirit and the promises. The only thing that stands in our way is our own faith. It is God’s will is to give us his children whatever we ask.
There is a teaching that we can be and do all that Jesus did because we are sons. That we can go beyond even the apostles in our miracles and eventually the kingdom of God will take over the world before Christ comes with the Church as the head. We have the authority and he is waiting on us to use it.
How to interpret Scripture does matter, it can cost you your physical life and in some cases your spiritual well-being now and in your afterlife later. It is not just a matter of opinion when essentials are involved. It becomes critically important in these last days to be sure of what we believe and practice. For it shapes our attitude toward serving and looking to the Lord’s coming.
Paul writes, “For I espoused you to one husband, that I might present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ… The elements of first love then are simplicity and purity…The love of the Church to Christ is typified by the love of the wife for the husband.
The love of Christ to the Church is unselfish love; he died for us while we were still his enemy. It is a love that is patient, nurturing, caring giving her the attention she needs, a love in which there was no selfishness. What is the Church’s love for Christ?
It should be the same recognizing he is our headship our covering we should have a response of submission of love to his perfect love. Faithfulness -having only eyes for him as he has only eyes for her. This was done he said by continuing in His word. But there are those who come along telling us something quite different what his word means.
Our God is a jealous God who does not want to see his people’s affections toward the things of the world or other teachers who represent him incorrectly. What should be toward the only true God can go to others without us being aware of it. Our love involves loyalty allegiance and passion.
THE LOVE in the Scriptures is shed abroad in the believer’s heart. It is a selfless love, that does not care that they are accused of “not having love”; or accused of being judgmental, or unreasonable if they know they are on the side of the Scripture. Anyone who loves another with the LOVE of Christ will never think I hope I don’t offend them, I hope they will still like me after I tell them? It doesn’t matter because you really CARE for the welfare of that other person. So you are willing to endure their rejection, maligning and insults, and if necessary even their hatred in order to help them. It is a matter of truth that prompts the concern for real love to correct and challenge.
James 5:19-20 says, “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” Essentially, we are our brother’s keeper. James calls keeping silent a sin of omission. John 4:17 proclaims, “To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
Till next week,