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Mark 7:27,28 “‘First let the children eat all they want,’ he told her, ‘for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.’ ‘Lord,’ she replied, ‘even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’”

     Nobody likes to wait in line for anything.   But to wait in line and be told that you really don’t deserve to be served?  How would you respond if you were told you were no better than a dog?  I’d likely walk away angry – unless I was desperate.

     This woman was a Greek foreigner and she was asking Jesus to heal her daughter- to cast an unclean spirit from the child.  She was desperate.  Her daughter was in terrible trouble, she had no one to turn to but Jesus.  She was a foreigner and not Jewish!  She had to stand in line behind those who came first.

     If she had been a proud person, she would have walked away.  There just isn’t any room for pride in desperation.  Desperation teaches hard lessons on humility.  Having no choice, no power, no money and no opportunity humbles a person just as it makes them desperate.  As far as God is concerned humility moves you to the front of the line;  “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

    Pride makes a person stand by themselves and eventually walk away.  The proud Pharisee had no use for anyone but himself; “I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there!” (Luke 18:11).  The rich young ruler walked away; “He went away sad, because he had great wealth.” (Mark 10:22)

     When the woman revealed her humble attitude Jesus moved her to the front of the line; “And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.” (Mark 7:29,30)

     The Roman centurion was another example of how humility can exist even in those with authority and power; “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Matthew 8:8,9)

     Jesus moved him to the front of the line as well; “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” (Matthew 8:10)  He healed the centurion’s servant; “Then Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.’ And his servant was healed at that moment.” (Matthew 8:13)

     It’s our attitude not our position in line that gets Jesus’ attention.  Jesus was never one for line ups; “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Mark 10:31)

     Praise the Lord!

Strange fire

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Leviticus 10:1,2 “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.”

     Playing around with fire can kill you.  Playing around with God will kill you.  This is a harsh reality.  The fatal outcome of careless, prideful and foolish actions are always tragic.  Some could say; “It doesn’t seem right.  It’s unfair. They didn’t mean it!” Such thinking always occurs after the fact and very few assess the attitudes and actions of those who are undone by their own wayward tendencies.

     Nadab and Abihu’s actions; ” . . .  betrayed a carelessness, an irreverence, a want of faith, most surprising and lamentable.” (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown)   The Scofield commentary explains; “The sin of Nadab and Abihu was in acting in the things of God without seeking the mind of God. It was ‘will worship’ Colossians 2:23 which often has a ‘show of wisdom and humility.’ It typifies any use of carnal means to kindle the fire of devotion and praise.”

     This carnal ‘will worship’ takes many forms such as teaching people to dance before the Lord in one particular manner and making the false claim that ‘true worship’ must have only this form of ‘dancing’.   ‘Will worship’ can also take the form of elevating one particular charismatic gift over all others.  ‘Will worship’ always betrays and denies God’s Word.  Paul warns; “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind . . . ” (Colossians 2:18)

     Some false teachers will encourage their ‘flock’ to declare themselves to be liars, cheats and thieves as a show of their  ‘humble’ Christianity.  This is a wilful and direct contradiction of Scripture; “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

     Matthew Henry sums up the ‘wrong headedness’ of will worship; “True wisdom is, to keep close to the appointments of the gospel; in entire subjection to Christ, who is the only Head of his church. Self-imposed sufferings and fastings, might have a show of uncommon spirituality and willingness for suffering, but this was not ‘in any honour’ to God. The whole tended, in a wrong manner, to satisfy the carnal mind, by gratifying self-will, self-wisdom, self-righteousness, and contempt of others.”

     The strange fire of ‘will worship’ is sweeping through our churches and destroying many.  Jesus tells us what God desires; “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshippers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23,24)

     God Himself will extinguish the strange fires burning today.  It will be as terrible as it was for Nadab and Abihu.  “The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:30,31)

     Let us give God His due; “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28,29)

     Praise the Lord!

The best believers!

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Mark 1:24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!”

     Earlier this week, my wife and I went to a retreat.   A pastor was speaking to us about believing in Jesus and living out your faith.  He said; ‘Demons are the ‘best’ believers!’  This pastor quickly added that demons are the ‘best’ believers because they immediately recognize Jesus for who He is.  They know His Power and recognize His Authority.  They believe completely with no doubts.  But they will have nothing to do with Jesus’ transforming power. They don’t want any part of the Gospel!  Demons believe but they will never follow Jesus!

     We often associate horrific images with demons.   We think that anyone possessed by a demon will manifest a frightening, evil countenance that you can easily spot.  But what if demons don’t parade around like that in public any more.  If they did, we would place them in ‘mental health’ institutions where they would get better through a course of pharmaceuticals and cognitive behavioural therapy.

     The Bible tells us that evil is quite able to appear lovely; “. . . , for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 11:14,15)  Today, demons have figured out that there is no percentage in open nastiness.    Deception is more effective than intimidation.  Nice is the new wrapping for vice.

     Our churches, like the synagogue where Jesus met with this particular demon, are places where demons like to hang out – tormenting people quietly as they sit in the pews or deceiving people with fake spirituality and false gospels from the pulpit.  Matthew Henry recognized this terrible situation; “There are many in our assemblies who quietly attend under merely formal teachers; but if the Lord come with faithful ministers and holy doctrine, and by his convincing Spirit, they are ready to say, like this man, What have we to do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth!”

     When put to it, am I ready to let go and allow the Gospel to conform me?  Am I ready to follow Jesus and let the old me be destroyed?  Am I ready to allow His Word to transform me so that I am no longer the person I was?  Jesus tells us plainly; “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25)  The demon of indifference and self-love prevents and hinders but often in a polite and civil way in our churches.  Sadly, when demons do their work today, they do it quietly and in socially acceptable ways; “He desires to have nothing to do with Jesus, for he despairs of being saved by him, and dreads being destroyed by him.” (Matthew Henry)

     The telling mark of this demonic work in our fellowships is complacency and conceit.  Why change when we are just fine the way we are.  Lets not go ‘overboard’ like those other churches do!  Nobody will take us seriously if we stand for His Word and preach the Holy Bible – if we aren’t socially relevant our membership will continue to decline.  Intelligent modern minds just won’t put up with old fashioned Bible based views and morals.  Let’s not upset and push people away!

     Matthew Henry tells us that Jesus and His Gospel will stir everyone up; “When Christ by his grace delivers souls out of the hands of Satan, it is not without tumult in the soul; for that spiteful enemy will disquiet those whom he cannot destroy. This put all who saw it upon considering, What is this new doctrine? A work as great often is wrought now, yet men treat it with contempt and neglect. If this were not so, the conversion of a notorious wicked man to a sober, righteous, and godly life, by the preaching of a crucified Saviour, would cause many to ask, What doctrine is this?”

     Jesus tells us that His Gospel will stir us up; “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.” (Matthew 10:34-36)  People resist change!  Families work out ways of getting along and don’t want to change.  The best ‘lingo’ of damnation that a demon knows today is; “DON’T ROCK THE BOAT!”

     The hardest road to travel is the one Jesus calls us to because we will die on it; “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

     How will others hear this call if we ourselves refuse it?

     Praise the Lord!

   

Without oil!

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Matthew 25:1-5 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.”

    Jesus is teaching about the kingdom of heaven by using another parable about a wedding; “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:7) The commentaries say the ten virgins represent the church; “The coming of Christ to receive his people to himself is often represented under the similitude of a marriage, the church being represented as his spouse or bride. . . . These virgins, doubtless, represent the church – a name given to it because it is pure and holy.” (Barnes’ Notes)

     Can you be pure and holy and foolish?  I don’t think so.  This parable shows that some churches that aren’t ‘pure and holy’ only look and act that way.  These churches have lamps and light for a time until their oil runs out.  What does the oil represent in this parable?  Having  it distinguishes the wise from the foolish virgin or the real from pretender church.

     The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary states; “This supply of oil, then, representing that inward grace which distinguishes the wise, must denote, more particularly, that ‘supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,’ which, as it is the source of the new spiritual life at the first, is the secret of its enduring character.” Jesus is Grace and Truth; “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)  Without Him there is no light and no overcoming; “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4,5)

    The world has been waiting for what seems to be a long time.  Many churches have fallen asleep while letting their lamps burn out.  When Jesus returns what a startling time that will be for all in the church.  It will be a terrible time for those churches that have run dry of His Oil; “It will be a day of search and inquiry; . . . . Those that take up short of true grace, will certainly find the want of it one time or other. An outward profession may light a man along this world, but the damps of the valley of the shadow of death will put out such a light. Those who care not to live the life, yet would die the death of the righteous. But those that would be saved, must have grace of their own; and those that have most grace, have none to spare.” (Matthew Henry)

     You see, I cannot give my grace to another because each of us  must carry a sufficiency to cover ourselves and that is all we are able to carry; “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’” (Matthew 25:6-9)

     Each of us must make our own purchase of this Grace for ourselves – no one can do it for us.  Every person must lose his life for Jesus as Jesus gave His life for us all;  “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)  The promise of empty religion without His Spirit, is that this grace is free and easy – all are entitled to it.  Demand it – you’re all dressed up for it and your lamp is empty!  But, Jesus didn’t preach this ‘cheap grace’; “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45,46)

     We cannot demand oil from a church that doesn’t have it.  Our parents can’t give us their oil.   Nor can we bestow our oil upon our children.  Individually as well as corporately we must purchase His oil ourselves. If no one in your church believes this then you won’t either. If your church has no oil how can it point you in the right direction to get some?  When Jesus returns, it will be too late to get  more oil to rekindle the flame; “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'” (Matthew 25:10-12)

      “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” (Matthew 25:13)

     Praise the Lord!

   

Dead bodies

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Matthew 24:28 “Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.”

     Jesus was talking about the end times.  He was warning  his disciples about deception; “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.” (Matthew 24:4,5)  At this time, the level of wickedness and deception will become great; “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

     The Apostle Paul tells us of the coming of the ‘lawless one’; “. . . the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved . . . ”  Without the love of the truth, people are in eternal danger; “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11,12)

     What is the only protection that can save us from being taken in by deceiving signs and wonders?  How can we see through the powerful delusion that kills?  The answer is simple; love the truth – Love God’s Word!  Jesus told us plainly that His Word is what washes us clean; “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you.” (John 15:3,4)  We can be safe if we abide in Him.   Jesus and the Word are one; “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

     Today, those who are deceived are gathering up in a dead body – a carnal body that rallies around a growing disrespect for God’s Word – the Holy Bible.  “Best-selling authors tell us the biblical text isn’t reliable, that the biblical manuscripts we have in our possession are hopelessly contradictory, and that we can know little or nothing about the real, historical Jesus. Other authors tell us that the Bible is no more than a collection of religious traditions and that God Himself is nothing more than a religious myth.” (Steve Hill)  This dead body is the church without His Word!

     The battle lines are drawn clearly.  His Banner (John 14:6) rallies those that are His; “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31,32) His Church will prevail over the devil and his carnal church;  “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” (Revelation 12:11)  It takes the sure and certain strength of His Word to face down the soul killing death of the carnal church.
   
     Make no mistake, even now we are at war; “Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17) Satan along with his false prophets and priests, who would have your freedom and life, have been defeated by Jesus.

     We can only be destroyed by being deceived!  You can see the casualties in the distance by the circling vultures above the dead bodies of the carnal Wordless church.  Be warned – stay away from dead bodies!

     Praise the Lord!
   

Silent – to be or not to be?

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All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

Edmund Burke

Some will say that silence is the ‘higher’ road rather than speaking out against what is perceived as wrong.  I don’t agree.  Sir Edmund Burke spoke the truth when he nailed ‘silence’ in the face of wrong for what it is – a crime of omission.  When you speak out, those who have experienced abuse or have been victimized in other ways gain a voice that they may not have had if shame or fear have silenced them.

Marybeth Gasman quoting Martin Luther King Jr. exposes the true nature of silence in the face of evil; “‘He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.’ King reminded us that we cannot merely sit back and watch injustice; we need to speak out and consciously push back against it.”   She reminds us that our silence may convict us in the memory of our friends; “Whenever I feel strongly about an issue but fear the idea of speaking out, I think of the words of King. He said ‘In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’ These are simple words, but they are wonderfully profound in their message to all of us.”

Zach Dawes takes the stand; ” . . . we who follow the prophet named Jesus must not remain silent while injustice and inequity are present in our churches, communities, states, nations and world.  Micah’s message [Micah 3:5-12]  is a reminder that to see injustice and inequality surrounding us and then step into the pulpit – wherever our pulpit may be and whatever it may look like – and continually offer a palatable message for fear of losing pay or position is to lead people astray and, ultimately, to participate in the injustice and inequality itself.”

Silence can be a darkness that fosters the conditions for wrongdoing to flourish; “Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, a German political scientist, introduced the concept of the Spiral of Silence in 1974. This theory suggested that fear of isolation will cause people to remain silent when they feel their views are in the minority. More troubling is her suggestion that, even if the majority agree, they will individually support a contrary position if they feel they’re in the minority. This phenomenon of holding the majority viewpoint while incorrectly believing you’re in the minority is called pluralistic ignorance. And I suspect it’s rampant in the church.” (Christianity and the Spiral of Silence by Jason Bradley)

Silence when motivated by fear or selfishness,  promotes ignorance.  Ignorance allows injustice.  Jason Bradley explains how the Spiral of Silence can work like bad yeast in a church.

There’s a disastrous problem in the church when the “common opinion” is allowed to silence a contrary opinion. A stupid belief is a stupid belief even if the majority hold it, so it’s not just the minority who need to be willing to entertain opposing ideas.

There shouldn’t be fear of censure or shaming for those who struggle with contradictory ideas or opinions.

Maybe they’re wrong, but there’s no way for them to work through these important issues if they feel forced into silence. Maybe they’re right, and there’s no way for our perspectives to change if we’re not willing to give them a voice. But maybe we’ll never agree and it’s important to learn that fellowship can be built on something more profound than acquiescence to a wooden orthodoxy.  (Christianity and the Spiral of Silence)

Yes, the Bible tells us not to judge others; “Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?” (James 4:11,12)  This instruction pertains to condemnation of individuals and not their actions.  We shouldn’t judge or condemn those who struggle with temptation but we can speak against actions and conditions that are wrong.

Jesus does tell us to make sure we deal with out own sinful conditions before we ‘go after’ others (Matthew 7:1-5);  “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. ” (v. 5)  Others point out that the ‘judge not’ scripture is often abused; “How often have you heard somebody blurt out the words, “Judge not lest ye be judged?” And that’s all they quote, of course. And it is almost always after someone has corrected them for sinning. “Judge not lest ye be judged” is easily the most misquoted and misused bible verse of all time.”

Tim Chaffey writing about the misuse of Matthew 7:1 states; ” . . . notice the absolute hypocrisy of the person who tells you not to judge. What did they just do when they told you not to judge? They judged you. They made a judgment that what you were doing was wrong, and then they went ahead and hypocritically told you that you shouldn’t ever tell people that they are wrong.”  The entire teaching of Jesus about judging (Matthew 7:1-5) has to do with proper judging without hypocrisy as the final verse (5) concludes.

If we look at how Jesus dealt with wrong doing by the religious leaders when He was on earth we see that Jesus was anything but silent!  “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.” (Matthew 23:13)  And “So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.  So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23:27,28)

Jesus tells us to judge rightly; “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”  (John 7:24)  We cannot be ‘silenced’ by others with the misuse Matthew 7:1.  More importantly, we cannot hide behind Matthew 7:1 and take the expedient way out by remaining silent.

Martin Neimoller’s haunting poem reminds us what convenient and indifferent silence can lead too; “First they came for the Communists,  and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.  Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up,  because I was a Protestant.  Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.”

What are you wearing?

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Matthew 22:11,12,13 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

     Some say that emotions are the clothing of the soul.  There are beliefs about the soul that Jewish people hold that put Jesus’ parable of the wedding banquet (Matthew 22:1-14)  in a whole different context; “In a human being the clothing of the soul takes three separate levels: thought, speech and action . . . . Thought is the most inner garment, with speech the next, and action the most extraneous garment. This is a fundamental reality . . . .  Until a person learns to understand that his essential make-up is clothed in these three levels of thought, speech and action, he does not understand how to utilize these three levels of garments and in fact learn to change them.”

     Barnes’ Notes explains; “In ancient times, kings and princes were accustomed to make presents of changes of raiment to their friends and favourites, to refuse to receive which was an expression of highest contempt, Genesis 45:22; II Kings 10:22; Esther 6:8; Esther 8:15. It was, of course, expected that such garments would be worn when they came into the presence of the benefactor.”

      Indeed, our salvation is described as clothing that we have been given to wear at a wedding; “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)  And for those saints who are killed for the Word of God and their testimony (Revelation 6:9); “Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.” (Revelation 6:11)

     Spiritually, not accepting the clothes provided for the wedding feast amounts to casting aside the righteousness we have in Jesus; “A garment of salvation might be his, performed by the hands of the Saviour, and dyed in his blood; but the hypocrite chooses the filthy rags of his own righteousness, and thus offers the highest contempt for that provided in the gospel.” (Barnes’ Notes)  When we understand a little of the cultural background of those in Jesus’ day His parables are more understandable.

     Scripture tells us; “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)  And; “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” (Romans 13:14)  What clothes you wear is a matter of your own choice – your own free will.  If you’re invited to a wedding you can come in dirty clothes or dressed to show love and respect for your hosts.

     When you go to the great wedding feast in heaven how will you be dressed?  “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17)  You see, everybody knows you have to get dressed up BEFORE the wedding.

     Your eternal salvation depends on it;  “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

     Praise the Lord!

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