I really enjoy the word spiritual especially as it relates to scripture. The Holy Spirit teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual. The natural man does not receive the things of the spirit of God for they are foolishness to them, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. What a wonderful text of scripture. What does it mean comparing spiritual things with spiritual? What are spiritual things? I have often thought it meant that the Holy Spirit connects the Old Testament to the New Testament in a way that mortal man has difficulty accepting. It connects to spiritual dots to prophesy. Often times you hear the Apostle Paul admonish believers that he could not speak to them as unto spiritual. Instead he had to refer to carnal terms appealing to their infancy in Christ or as to babes in Christ. Are you a pablum Christian? My older sister often tells me that she doesn’t want to understand scripture the way her younger brother does because she does not want to be responsible to scripture. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
All believers in the body of Christ should be on the road to faith by way of obedience. The Bible says that he who is spiritual judges all things yet he himself is rightly judged by no one for he has the mind of Christ. From whom much is given much is required. I would think all believers in the body of Christ would like their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to say when they up here before him on that last day to hear Jesus say, well done my good and faithful servant. In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey him. These will be punished with Everlasting destruction. To know him is to obey him. I can tell you one thing for sure and that is no one wants to hear the words of the adversary who says simply, well done. A sad thing is that his well done will be in Hell Fire. As in all things you have two options, which will you choose?
I was recently following Jesus Christ and his disciples. I boarded a boat and was nice and comfortable in my bed when all of a sudden a freak storm came up. I briefly went up on Deck and saw lightning bolts all over the sky. Our ship was Being tossed to and fro. I was nearly scared out of my wits. Then I saw this Peter guy up on Deck and he was about to climb over the side. I thought he was trying to end his life. But he shook me a side and climbed out of the boat and onto the Sea of Galilee. In the distance I could see Jesus coming toward him. Then I saw Peter trying to walk on the water too. But he sunk under the waves. Immediately Jesus grabbed hold of him and pulled him up. Then Jesus said to him, Oh ye of little faith.
Little faith? The guy got out of the boat and tried to walk on water. I thought that was pretty impressive. But Jesus got all over him and said he had little faith? One of the other disciples told me that is how Jesus counseled them and that he was very tough on them. That’s because Christ loved them. I’m not sure I’d want to be a disciple if he talked to me like that. I mean what does he want? Peter got out of the boat. He had guts and yet he still got heck for it. Thaddeus told me that if Jesus didn’t get on us we wouldn’t grow. He loves us enough to chastise us to make our faith stronger. We are his children and he is our master. Even though I still thought Jesus was tough on Peter, given the circumstances, I did see what Thaddeus told me. It seemed the disciples liked the discipline that Jesus gave them. I’m not sure I could have handled that? But it is food for thought. You know something, maybe someday I’ll be a disciple?
Before we tackle part 2, what does believe in him mean to you? Is it a superficial belief or one that is very deep and committing to obey his Commandments. I’m not talking about the Ten Commandments here but more so the two. Do you love your lord and savior with all your heart, soul, and mind? Do you love your neighbor as yourself? On these two Commandments hang all the law and all the prophets. But remember who Jesus is talking to here and that is the Jewish people for he was not sent to the Gentiles. That was a task that he gave Paul to do. Right now the 72 had returned with joy knowing that even the demons are subject to them in the name of Jesus Christ. They were so full of themselves that they were ready to burst. How did Jesus react to this enthusiasm?
You think they got the message yet? I see this today in Pentecostal churches in what I call the hoopla. How did Jesus react to this?
They were rejoicing in the power and not that their names were written in heaven. Jesus saw the 72 much like Satan. They were rejoicing in the power over that of their mission to bring the gospel to every creature. Jesus knew that because he knew all men including you. Have you learned anything from Jesus today?
I think that I shall never see a church so crazy as a fallen tree. Doesn’t make sense to you? Well neither does the majority of Pentecostal services to me. I would like to show you some malice in Wonderland. John 2:23 is my starting point.
I can almost hear the Pentecostal Church standing up and clapping about this part of the verse. Many rejoiced when they saw the signs that Jesus performed. And because of this performance they believed in the name of Jesus. All well and good but there is a verse that follows this one.
The fly in the buttermilk shows up. Even though they believed in Jesus, Jesus did not commit himself to them because he knew all men. What does this mean? The people were there for the entertainment value of Jesus Christ. They were all for his miracles, his wondrous signs, his healings, and miraculous feedings. But when he began to spout Doctrine they left him faster than a speeding bullet. They were there for the good stuff but not his teachings. Jesus Christ knew that.
That’s about the size of it. Jesus had made the simple Act of belief in him difficult. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Until part 2, I want you to ponder on part of that verse. Believes in him and what does that mean to you?