Trust in God NOT in man

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2 Thessalonians 3: 2 (KJV)
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

It was, no doubt, with surprise and regret that Paul wrote these words, as it is with surprise and regret that any Christian recognizes how vast a multitude of men have not faith. In considering the causes which prevent men from coming to Christ and believing in Him he must divide them into two great classes, those who have never felt any desire to enter into fellowship with Christ, and those who have had some desire, but have stumbled at some difficulty.

Moffatt suggested “That the general aim of this passage is to widen the horizon of the Thessalonians, by enlisting their sympathy and interest on the part of others.” They were not the only ones who needed encouragement and the prayers of fellow-Christians. The characters from whom Paul sought deliverance were doubtless those violent and fanatical opponents whom Gallio drove from his judgment seat in Corinth (Acts 18:12-17). Their unreasonableness was apparent in the fact of their beating the ruler of the synagogue, it not being clear whether or not he was a member of their own party!

The word which we translate unreasonable, signifies rather disorderly, unmanageable; persons out of their place – under no discipline, regardless of law and restraint, and ever acting agreeably to the disorderly and unreasonable impulse of their own minds. In addition, the word translated faith is without doubt, to be taken here for fidelity or trustworthiness, and not for faith; and this is agreeable to the meaning given to it in the very next verse: But the Lord is faithful.

In essence, these individuals gave an undue prominence to certain things, and less importance to others than they deserved. They had a distorted vision of the value of objects, and in tenacious adherence to their own views, and prosecuting their own objects to the exclusion of all others, they presented a constant obstruction to the true gospel. This word would apply, and probably was designed to be applied, to Jewish teachers (see Acts 18:5-6), who gave an undue prominence to the laws of Moses; but it will apply well to all who entertain distorted views of the relative importance of objects, and who put things out of their place.

We are aware that people often have a hobby. They give more importance to some object than it deserves. They, therefore, undervalue other objects; press their own with improper zeal; denounce others who do not feel the same interest in them which they do; withdraw from those who will not go with them in their views; form separate parties, and thus throw themselves in the way of all who are endeavoring to do good in some other method. It was from people who thus put themselves out of place, that the apostle prayed to be delivered.

So, then this is a reminder to us that no matter how successful the gospel might be in certain places, there will always exist those who reject it (Matthew 7:13-14). Refusing to trust God or refusing to embrace the contents of “the faith” (Jude 1:3), has definite moral consequences and side effects. “Unreasonable” or wrong-headed people are those without faith. The word “faith” here may mean faith in the sense of trust or faith in the objective sense of the contents of the Christian faith, that is, the body of truth embraced by God’s people. There are many, even of those who have received a measure of the Divine light, in whom we cannot confide; they are irregular, disorderly, and cannot be brought under regular discipline: to these we cannot trust either ourselves or anything that concerns the cause of God. But friends, the Lord is worthy of your whole confidence; let us not doubt Him not; because He will establish you, and keep you from any evil to which you may be exposed by these or such like persons.

Have a great and God filled day!
Pastor C

Vision for the Future

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Proverbs 29: 18 (KJV)
18Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Where there is no vision, the people perish.” It is literally translated, “Where there is no revelation, the people throw off all restraint.” This word “vision” is not speaking of day dreams, personal enthusiasm, worldly ambition, or even natural optimism. It is speaking of something outside of human effort. Vision is what you see by faith from God.

He doth not say they may perish, but they do perish; or they are in danger of perishing, but they do certainly perish where there is no serious, conscientious, faithful, powerful preaching.… There men perish temporarily; when vision, when preaching ceased among the Jews, oh, the dreadful calamities and miseries that came upon the people!… There men perish totally: both the bodies and the souls of men perish where serious conscientious preaching fails (Hos ); “My people are destroyed for want of knowledge.”

To fulfill a God given vision you must take the limits off your thinking. Vision starts from within! Look behind you, what have you learned? Look ahead of you what is the big picture? Look above yourself, what is God expecting of you? Great visions are bigger than one person. Look beside you, what resources are available to you? A vision should be greater than the person who has it. Vision is more than just a mental image of the future. Vision sees a better, more desirable future and provides direction and fuels motivation for its achievement.

Jesus Christ had a clear vision of what His vision and mission was. As a result, His life had purpose, meaning, and fulfillment in that He achieved His mission on earth. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32). The word truth means reality. Jesus is saying, you will understand what is real and that will free you. The way we view life can feel and look real, or make perfect sense, but still not be real at all. The truth is: we see what we believe to be true. If we have the wrong pretext we will misunderstand the context. Having a revelation of what is real will deliver us from a life of torment that virtual reality often causes.

One of the reasons so many drifts though life and end up on the rocks of devastation is because they have no vision. They have sight, which misleads them to believe they are making progress because they can see the movement all around them, but that movement is not progress. It’s merely movement. It is noted, progress comes not from sight, but from vision. It’s too bad there’s not a tool to check our vision like there is to check our sight. You may have 20/20 sight, but what is your vision? To have vision is such a blessing; to see things and people as they can be not what it or they are at the moment is truly a gift. I believe we all have the gift; it just takes effort to learn to apply it in our lives. God’s gift to you is your potential. Your gift back to God is what you do with that potential. Revisit, revamp and renew the vision for your life. And let’s not be a person who has sight but no vision!!!

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

Humbly Bow before God

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James 4: 10 (KJV)
10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

It is said, “the true way to exaltation, is through humility.” Augustine well observes, “As a tree must strike deep roots downwards, that it may grow upwards, so everyone who has not his soul fixed deep in humility, exalts himself to his own ruin.”

This is an appeal for the unconverted to forsake the human pride, which more than any other impediment restrains men from obeying the word of the Lord; and, like most of this passage, it also has its abiding relevance for Christians themselves. In James 4:7; the believers were exhorted to submit to God; here they are exhorted to humble themselves in His sight. Submission to God’s authority will precede humiliation of soul, and genuine repentance is performed as in the sight of God; for when a sinner is truly awakened to a sense of his guilt and danger, he seems to see, whithersoever he turns, the face of a justly incensed God turned against him.

The reality is that, we must be willing to take our appropriate place in the dust on account of our transgressions. This is to be “in the sight of the Lord,” or before him. Our sins have been committed against him; and their principal aggravation, whoever may have been wronged by them, and great as is their criminality in other respects, arises from that consideration. Psalm 51:4, “against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight.” Luke 15:18, “I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee.” As the Being against whom we have sinned is the only one who can pardon, it is proper that we should humble ourselves before him with penitent confession.

And He will exalt us from the condition of a broken-hearted penitent to that of a forgiven child; will wipe away your tears, remove the sadness of your heart, fill you with joy, and clothe you with the garments of salvation. This declaration is in accordance with all the promises in the Bible, and with all the facts which occur on the earth, that God is willing to show mercy to the humble and contrite, and to receive those who are truly penitent into his favor.

The conclusion of what is gone before is, that the grace of God then be ready to raise us up when He sees that our proud spirits are laid aside. We emulate and envy, because we desire to be eminent. This is a way wholly unreasonable on our part, because it is God’s peculiar work to raise up the lowly, and especially those who willingly humble themselves. Whosoever, then, seeks a firm elevation, let him be cast down under a sense of his own infirmity, and think humbly of himself.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

All Praise Belongs to God

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Psalm 118: 14 (KJV)
14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

Here we find the Psalmist saying, God is the source of strength to him; and God is the subject of his praise. There is no ground of praise in myself for anything that I have done, but all is due to Him. He has saved me. I live because He preserved me.

Verse 14 is a direct quote from Exodus chapter 15, where Moses celebrated the crossing of the Red Sea when God saved his people from the Egyptians pursuing them in chariots: The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. and the three-fold cry that follows also echoes Moses’ song: The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things

It being in the name of the Lord the enemies of the psalmist were destroyed; and having obtained help of him when sore thrust at, he gives him all the glory, and ascribes nothing to himself. It was the Lord that strengthened him, helped him, and gave him the victory. The Lord is the author and giver of strength, natural and spiritual; he is the “strength” of the hearts and lives of his people, and of their salvation; and therefore is their “song”, the matter of it: they sing of his nature and perfections, of his works of providence and grace, of his righteousness and salvation

All through the Old Testament, the Exodus is looked back to as the supreme example of God saving His people. When you have relied on God to save you from your sin, He becomes your salvation, and also your strength and your song. Note, also that the joyful song of salvation extends into the family of the righteous (v. 15). It is noted that when a man and his family experience God’s salvation, there is great joy in that home. Righteousness, which includes the fruit of the Spirit, is at the heart of a happy home life.

The point is that the Lord who saved Israel from Pharaoh is the same Lord who helps David. Constantly throughout the Bible, and especially in the Psalms, we find godly people rehearsing the great ways God has rescued his people in the past. It’s not because they are interested in academic history, but because they know that God’s enduring love means that if He saved then, He will save now.

When we are feeling helpless, then this is what we must be careful to remember and do. We need to remember the God who saved us; we need to look back at what He has done in our life, and especially look back on what He did for His people in the Bible. These things ought to be a source of great encouragement for us because God’s covenant love endures to us today. So, we shall be saved in heaven solely because he saves us, and there, more than can be possible here, we shall say, “God is our strength and our song, and is become our salvation.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

Freedom in Christ

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Galatians 5: 1 (KJV)
1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

It has been noted, “it usually happens that that people who cannot govern themselves, are delivered up to the sway of those whom they abhor, and made to submit to an involuntary servitude.”

This is intimately connected with the preceding chapter: the apostle having said, just before, So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond woman, but of the free, immediately adds, Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free. Hold fast your Christian profession; it brings spiritual liberty: on the contrary, Judaism brings spiritual bondage. Among the Jews, the Messiah’s reign was to be a reign of liberty
This liberty was procured for us by Christ on the cross: the fruit and possession of it are bestowed upon us through the Gospel. Well does Paul, then, to warn the Galatians, not to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage, that is, not to allow a snare to be laid for their consciences. For if men lay upon our shoulders an unjust burden, it may be borne; but if they endeavor to bring our consciences into bondage, we must resist valiantly, even to death. If men be permitted to bind our consciences, we shall be deprived of an invaluable blessing, and an insult will be, at the same time, offered to Christ, the Author of our freedom. But what is the force of the word again, in the exhortation, “and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage?” For the Galatians had never lived under the law. It simply means that they were not to be entangled, as if they had not been redeemed by the grace of Christ. Although the law was given to Jews, not to Gentiles, yet, apart from Christ, neither the one nor the other enjoys any freedom, but absolute bondage.

It is that same liberty where, with Christ hath made us free.” It is a liberty purchased at a great cost. Christ, the Son of God, became incarnated, suffered in a degree unparalleled and incomprehensible, and died the shameful and ignoble death of the crucified to win back the liberty man had forfeited by voluntary sin. The redemption of man was hopeless from himself, and but for the intervention of a competent Redeemer he was involved in utter and irretrievable bondage. Civil liberty, though the inalienable right of every man, has been secured as the result of great struggle and suffering. “With a great sum,” said the Roman captain to Paul, “obtained I this freedom;” and many since his day have had to pay dearly for the common rights of citizenship. But Christian liberty should be valued as the choicest privilege, remembering it was purchased by the suffering Christ, and that it has been defended through the ages by a noble army of martyrs.

Let us remember that the Galatians had been bondmen, enslaved by the worship of false and vile deities. If they rush into the snare of the legalists, they will be bondmen again, and their bondage will be the more oppressive now they have tasted the joys of freedom. Friends disobedience involves us in many entanglements. It is among the most potent of the energies of sin that it leads astray by binding, blinding and blinds by leading astray; that the soul, like Samson (the strong champion of Israel), must have its eyes put out, when it would be bound with fetters of brass and condemned to grind in the prison-house (Judges 16). Redemption from the slavery of sin should fill our hearts with gratitude to the Lord for what He has done for us.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

God’s Care for and Over Us

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Psalm 8: 4 (KJV)
4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

It has been noted, “What claim has one so weak, and frail, and short-lived, to be remembered by time? What is there in man that entitles him to so much notice? Why has God conferred on him so signal honor? Why has he placed him over the works of his hands? Why has he made so many arrangements for his comfort? Why has he done so much to save him? He is so insignificant his life is so much like a vapor, he so soon disappears, he is so sinful and polluted, that the question may well be asked, why such honor has been conferred on him, and why such a dominion over the world has been given him.”

The thought which lies behind this text is of far deeper intensity now than when it was first uttered by the awe-stricken Psalmist. The author of this eighth Psalm could have had but a faint conception of the scale of creation compared with that at which we are now arriving. What is man in presence of the overwhelming display of creative power?

The psalmist, while he was considering the greatness and glory of the celestial bodies, thought this within himself, and so expressed it; which is to be understood, not of man in general, nor of Adam in a state of innocence; he could not be called “Enoch”, the word here used, which signifies a frail, weak, sickly mortal man; nor could he with any propriety be said to be the son of man, as in the following clause: nor of fallen man, or of Adam’s posterity, descending from him by ordinary generation; for all things are not put in subjection to them, as is hereafter said of man: but this is to be understood of the man Christ Jesus, as it is interpreted in Hebrews 2:6; or of that individual of human nature which Christ assumed. The name of “the son of man” is the name of the Messiah, in Psalm 80:17; and is often given to Christ, and used by him of himself in the New Testament. And this visiting of him is not to be understood in a way of wrath, though he was so visited by God, when he bore the chastisements of his people; but in a way of favor, by bestowing upon him without measure the gifts and graces of his Spirit; by affording him his gracious presence, and tilling him with spiritual peace and joy.

What amazes the psalmist and pertains to us, is that the majestic God cares for this speck called man and is mindful of him. It seems inconceivable that God — the incomparable, omnipotent God Who has made the heavens and the earth — should be concerned with man. Yet He is. And that is why we are gathered together today — to remember the Lord’s blessings and mercies and to offer thanks to Him.

God is mindful of man. “Mindful” is a covenant word. God doesn’t forget man. Rather, He eternally remembers man. He remembers the covenant He has established with Adam, with Abraham, and with all their descendants. Because God is “mindful,” He gave Abraham a promised son. Because God is “mindful,” He brought Israel out of Egypt and into Canaan. Because God is “mindful” He brought Israel back from the Exile. Because God is “mindful,” He fulfilled His promise to David of a Son Who would sit on his throne forever. Because God is “mindful,” He sent His only begotten Son into the world, not to condemn the world but to save the world through Him (Jn.3:17).

Let us also remember that because God is “mindful,” He forgives us our sins by the blood of Christ. Because God is “mindful,” He has given us the present realities of salvation: planting new life within us, converting us, leading us to repentance and faith, uniting us to Christ, sanctifying us, forging us into the communion of saints. Because God is “mindful,” we can rest assured that He will bring to fulfillment all the beautiful promises He has given us about the future life: a new and better life in a new and better body on a new and better earth.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

A Life Lived For Christ

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Ephesians 6: 4 (KJV)
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Be careful, father, or while you are taking one lap around the devil’s track your boy will make six. — Billy Sunday

The word “nurture” – “The education of the mind and the morals” – They are trained in the ways of God; “admonition” – “exhortation” – They are led in the will of God.

First and foremost, it is the parent’s own example which tells in the religious education of the young. The father who would bring up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord must see to it that he is himself walking in the ways of the Lord; that is, give them good instruction, withhold not early correction, set before them good example, begin with them betimes, and suffer not the devil, the world, and the flesh, to bespeak them for their service before you engage them for God’s; and remember, that there is a tie of nature, a tie of interest, and a tie of religion, which parents are under thus to do. According to our text it is instructing them in the knowledge of divine things, setting them good examples, taking care to prevent their falling into bad company, praying with them, and for them, bringing them into the house of God, under the means of grace, to attend public worship; all which, under a divine blessing, may be very useful to them; the example of Abraham is worthy of imitation, Genesis 18:19, and the advice of the wise man deserves attention, Proverbs 22:6.

Some of us are going to reap a bitter harvest one day because we are teaching our children that homework is more important that church on Wednesdays. We are teaching them that their extracurricular activities at school are more important than the Lord. Some of us are teaching them that excelling at sports is more important than excelling in the things of God. If that is the case, we are missing the boat with those children and there will come a day when they will show us just how well they have learned the lessons we have taught them and that is giving God last place in our lives.

Have a great and God filled Father’s day!

Pastor C

Not One with the World

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St. John 17:15 (KJV)
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

Every Christian faces a difficult task. How do we live in the world but not like the world? Our task is to not allow the world to trick us into valuing things of the world over things of God.

A young lawyer, going to the West to settle for life, made it his boast that he “would locate in some place where there were no churches, Sunday schools, or Bibles.” He found a place which substantially met his conditions. But before the year was out he wrote to a former classmate, a young minister, begging him to come out and bring plenty of Bibles, and begin preaching, and start a Sunday school; for, he said, he had “become convinced that a place without Christians, and Sabbaths, and churches, and Bibles was too much like hell for any living man to stay in.”

The writer writes that though they were going into trials and persecutions, yet Jesus did not pray that they might be removed soon from them. It was better that they should endure them, and thus spread abroad the knowledge of his name. It would be easy for God to remove his people at once to heaven, but it is better for them to remain, and show the power of religion in supporting the soul in the midst of trial, and to spread his gospel among men.

It is important for the believer in Jesus Christ to know that He does not desire that His faithful apostles should soon die, and be taken to God. No: but that they may live long, labor long, and bring forth much fruit. He does not intimate that they should seclude themselves from the world by going to the desert, or to the cloisters; but that they should continue in and among the world, that they may have the opportunity of recommending the salvation of God. Christ only prays that while they are in the world, employed in the work of the ministry, they may be preserved from the influence, of the evil one, the devil, who had lately entered into Judas, John 13:27, and who would endeavor to enter into them, ruin their souls, and destroy their work. A devil without can do no harm; but a devil within ruins all.

He shows in what the safety of believers consists; not that they are free from every annoyance, and live in luxury and at their ease, but that, in the midst of dangers, they continue to be safe through the assistance of God. In short, He promises to His disciples the grace of the Father; not to relieve them from all anxiety and toil, but to furnish them with invincible strength against their enemies, and not to suffer them to be overwhelmed by the heavy burden of contests which they will have to endure. Friends, we wish to be kept according to the rule which Christ has laid down, we must not desire exemption from evils, or pray to God to convey us immediately into a state of blessed rest, but must rest satisfied with the certain assurance of victory, and, in the meantime, resist courageously all the evils, from which Christ prayed to his Father that we might have a happy issue. We may be in this world but by the grace of God we must live distinct from it.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

No Respecter of Individuals

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Acts 10: 34(KJV)
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.

The word ‘respecter’ used here denotes “the act of showing favor to one on account of rank, family, wealth, or partiality arising from any cause.” It is explained in James 2:1-4. A judge is a respecter of persons when he favors one of the parties on account of private friendship, or because he is a man of rank, influence, or power, or because he belongs to the same political party, etc. The Jews supposed that they were especially favored by God. and that salvation was not extended to other nations, and that the fact of being a Jew entitled them to this favor. Peter here says that he had learned the error of this doctrine, and that a man is not to be accepted because he is a Jew, nor to be excluded because he is a Gentile. The barrier is broken down; the offer is made to all; God will save all on the same principle; not by external privileges or rank, but according to their character. God does not esteem a Jew, because he is a Jew; nor does he detest a Gentile because he is a Gentile. It was a long and deeply rooted opinion among the Jews, that God never would extend his favor to the Gentiles; and that the descendants of Jacob only should enjoy his peculiar favor and benediction.

Peter was of this opinion, when he privy to the heavenly vision mentioned in this chapter. However, he was now convinced that God was no respecter of persons; that as all must stand before his judgment seat, to be judged according to the deeds done in the body, so no one nation, or people, or individual, could expect to find a more favorable decision than another who was precisely in the same moral state; for the phrase, respect of persons, is used in reference to unjust decisions in a court of justice, where, through favor, or interest, or bribe, a culprit is acquitted, and a righteous or innocent person condemned.

Let us remember that even when we seem to be using our gifts profitably, we may be using them in a spirit of blindness and presumption before God, as unlovely as that of those who more openly misuse them. High intellectual culture, good as it is and stimulating, often carries with it an element of moral weakness in developing a man’s acuteness out of all proportion to his training in judgment and moral strength. It has a tendency, especially in early life, to lead to a very false estimate of qualities so common as mere cleverness, or even cleverness combined with learning, to overrate them as possessions, and as keys to unlock what is really deepest in human life,—to make a man overlook the fact that others whom he perhaps despises for their beliefs, are able to rest in them, not because they are less acute than their critics, but because they are of a more earnest mood and a finer spirit. May God keep us all from yielding to the temptations to which our several temperaments or circumstances may most naturally incline us—from idleness and selfish indulgence—from coldness and vanity—that none of these things may ever blind us to our true position and duty as in the sight of the great Judge who is no respecter of persons.

Moreover, in the great day of the judgment of men, God will render to every man according to his works. Every work or fact of a man’s life will be estimated in the full light of all the surrounding circumstances,—the temptations if it were evil, and the inducements if it were good, and with God’s unerring knowledge of the spirit in which it was done, and the real motives from which it proceeded. And when things are thus laid bare in God’s light, shall not the Judge of all the earth do right. We will all have to answer to God one day!

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

Truly Knowing God

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1 Corinthians 15: 34 (KJV)
34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

As have been observed, this chapter generally deals with the resurrection of the body; but the text refers to the resurrection of the soul, and this is a greater and more glorious work than the others, for a few reasons but I will emphasize one and that is because the soul is greater than the body. As is noted, “What is the casket to the jewel, the house to the tenant, the barque to the crew? “Heap worlds on worlds; one soul outweighs them all.”
The apostle represents the Corinthians as inebriated with bad principles and notions, and as fallen asleep, and as greatly remiss, and declined in the exercise of grace and discharge of duty; and therefore calls upon them to awake out of sleep, to watch and be sober, and attend to “righteousness”; to the justice of God, which requires the resurrection of the dead, and makes it necessary that men may receive the things done in the body, whether good or evil; for as it is a righteous thing with God to render tribulation to them that sin against Him, and trouble His people; so it is but just, that those bodies which Christ has purchased with his blood, who have served him, and suffered for his sake, should be raised again, that, together with their souls, they may enjoy the happiness provided for them; and to the righteousness of Christ, to look unto it, lay hold on it, exercise faith upon it, desiring to be found in it living and dying; and to works of righteousness, to a holy life and conversation, a living soberly, righteously and godly; and not spend their time, and give up themselves to vain speculations and notions; which were so far from being edifying, that they were very detrimental to themselves and others.

The word here translated “awake” denotes, properly, to awake up from a deep sleep or torpor; and is usually applied to those who awake, or become sober after drunkenness. The phrase “to righteousness” may mean either “rouse to the ways of righteousness; to a holy life; to sound doctrine,” etc.; or it may mean “as it is right and just that you should do.” Probably the latter is the correct idea, and then the sense will be, “Arouse from stupidity on this subject; awake from your conscious security; be alarmed, as it is right and proper that you should do, for you are surrounded by dangers, and by those who would lead you into error and vice; rouse from such wild and delusive opinions as these persons have, and exercise a constant vigilance as becomes those who are the friends of God and the expectants of a blessed resurrection.

This warning, in the midst of an elaborate argument about the resurrection, reminds us that Christianity is intended to be a regulative rather than a speculative system, that it is a law for our life, not merely a theme for our thought. Paul brings to bear the resurrection as an argument against sinning.

Let us carefully observe the charge alleged against some of the Corinthians. “Some have not the knowledge of God.” Also I pray that the same thing may be charged upon some of us? Do we know God, so as to fear Him, so as to be reconciled unto Him by Christ, so as to love Him, so as to serve Him with a perfect heart and willing mind? If not, then in the apostle’s sense we do not know Him. “I speak this to your shame.” It is our shame. Because we have so many means of knowing Him, so many reasons to know Him but we are drawn from Him and given into our wants of material and physical things. Let us draw nigh unto God with a clear conscience.

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

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