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SPIRITUAL acid tests in our time 3

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Posted Aug 27, 2006 at 1:26:55 PM
Subject: SPIRITUAL acid tests in our time 3
[u][b]In the beginning, multitudes followed our Lord. But when He spoke “deep things of God” pertaining to SPIRITUALITY, many of them left Him:[/b][/u] [i]Joh 6:60[/i] [b]“Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?[/b] [i]61[/i] When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?” [i]Joh 6:66[/i] [b]“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” [/b] The multitudes, instead, followed the Scribes and Pharisees who spoke “their language” for what appears “clean on the outside” attracted people. [i]Joh 6:67[/i] [b]“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?” [/b] [i]Joh 6:68 [/i] [b]“Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.[/b] 69 [b]And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” [/b] [u][b]As it is written, only one hundred twenty (120) truly believed in our Lord and deserved to receive the Holy Ghost at Pentecost:[/b][/u] [i]Act 1:15[/i] [b] “And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty.” [/b] [b][u][size=18]Jesus Christ[/size][/u] who advocated the “unseen or spiritual” became an anathema to the people: [/b] [i]2 Cor 4:18 [/i] [b]“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” [/b] [i]Joh 6:63 [/i] [u][b]“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” [/b][/u] Is not “Jesus Christ, the TRUTH, the same yesterday and today?” Will the following pass away in our time? [i]Isa 53:1[/i] [b]“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?[/b] [i]2[/i] [b]For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. [/b]: [i]3 [/i] [b]He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”[/b] [u][b]Yes, who would “believe our report?” Many or only a few? Jesus Christ, the truth, is the “same yesterday, today, and forever.” [/b][/u] [u]Lesson to the “babes”[/u] Our Lord is not remiss in reminding His chosen of their pitfall. Using the same verse: [i]Luk 14:26 [/i] [b]“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” [/b] [u][b]Again, who could explain this command that seemingly contradicts the commandment on love? Less we forget, our Lord is speaking in parables and He alone can expound on them – not anyone else. In the following God identifies these “relatives and self” as the soul! [/b][/u] [b]Deu 13:6[/b] [b] “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, [u]which is as thine own soul[/u], entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods...” [/b] [u][b]Needful to repeat, these “relatives and self” refer to the SOUL! The attributes of the soul are the intellect and feeling (soulishness). It is not enough to know the One True God and to love Him is another thing. [/b][/u] [i]Exo 34:14 [/i] [b]“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the [u]LORD[/u], whose name is Jealous, is a [u]jealous[/u] [size=18]God[/size].”[/b] [u]Looking up at a fellow believer in spiritual matter is “idolatry” in the eyes of God. The Natural Man cannot understand this: [/u] [i]Jam 2:9[/i] [u][b]“ But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” [/b][/u] [u]It is not only looking up at another, but to oneself above others as John and James did were sharply rebuked by our Lord:[/u] [i]Mar 10:35[/i] [b]“And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.[/b] [i]36[/i] [b]And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? [/b] [i]37[/i] [b]They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.[/b] [i]38 [/i] But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask...” [u]Look how these two caused stumbling to the other Apostles:[/u] [i]Mar 10:41[/i] [b]“And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.” [/b] [u]Other things in life that would rob God of our attention or concern is idolatry. [/u] [i]Col 3:5[/i] [u]“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth...evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” [/u] [u][b]This does not mean that we have to forego the things needed for our PHYSICAL LIFE. Let us remember what is written long ago that our SPIRITUAL LIFE and PHYSICAL LIFE need to agree all the time:[/b][/u] [i]Amos 3:3 [/i] [b]“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” [/b] [u]Salvation made easy?[/u] [b]This is only the fruit of human wisdom. Real believers are greatly saddened hearing professing apostles of Christ preaching “easy way of salvation.” But Peter saw otherwise:[/b] [i]Mat 19:25 [/i] [b]“When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” [/b] [u][b]Truly salvation is attained only with the mercy of God, and this He grants to the “babes” in His sight.[/b][/u] [b]Isa 43:16[/b] [b]“Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters.[/b] [i]Rom 8:7[/i] [b]Because the [u][i]carnal mind[/i] is [i]enmity[/i] against [size=18]God[/size][/u]: for it is [u]not subject to the law of[/u] [size=18]God[/size], [u]neither indeed can be.[/u] [/b] [size=12][/size]
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