Jun. 29, 2020

Ramblings On Redemption

I've been rethinking some things. Jesus addresses relating to Scripture in Jn 5:39,40: "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life."
People may memorize passages and the whole Scripture Canon, or the entire Psalter (Psalms), or boast that they read the whole Bible each year and so forth, but until they actually know, love, and surrender themselves to the One it reveals, to Whom it testifies, they can still be ever so spiritually dead, in pride and legalism or even libertinism!
There is only one Person Who can show the Way Home, and Whose Spirit can form His likeness in us and restore us. Unfortunately, IMO, so many are trying to use Him to justify the preservation of the world system of the evil one, under whom the whole world is imprisoned. Their God is Nationalism, Americanism, politics and control, etc. The 2nd Amendment is more important than the 2nd Commandment to them, it seems. The question is, do we follow after darkness, or do we truly serve the Prince of Peace, Who says His kingdom is not of this world?
But again, folks can pull all sorts of stuff out of the Bible, and use it to justify horrific things, to their liking. And it's been done for millennia.
Jesus is pretty clear: If you love Me, you will keep MY commandments... By this will they know that you love Me, if you love one another as I have loved you. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
What passes as Christianity these days seems a far cry from following the Master in humility, and long suffering. Several authors have referred to these "alternatives" as "churchianity."
If we always do what we always did, we will always get what we always got"- endless cycles of the same ol' same ol' - playing the enemy's game his way. Then we wonder why nothing ever changes.
Yes, the Prince of peace said He did not come to bring peace but a sword. But I somehow doubt - in context with everything else He taught - that it had to do with arsenals and armies and crusading. Rather it had to do with the Sword of the Spirit, His Word of Truth cutting away sin and falsehood from within us. When that is done, one heart and soul at a time, then it will change all things outside of us! The Gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, ruled with the scepter of righteousness, not the gospel of the preservation of world politics.
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from that time and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:6,7. (This one often gets waved around at Christmas, but seldom do we stop to unpack the last part of it.)
The kingdoms of this world are passing away. Circumstances may dictate otherwise to the senses at this time, but the unfolding of His eternal purpose is taking place. ALL THINGS work together for the good of those who are called according to His plan and purpose. Time to look up and behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world - yes, even in the midst of this.
Soli Deo Gloria!