Obedience to God

Obedience to God

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1 John 3: 12(KJV)
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

The world says that it hates Christians because they are “holier than thou” and a bunch of hypocrites. And I am sure that these charges are often true. But the real reason for the hatred is that when Christians seek to live righteously, it exposes the sin and corruption of those not committed to Jesus, stimulating both shame, anger, hatred — and persecution energized by a spirit of murder.

The story of Cain is recorded in Genesis 4:1, where Cain’s wickedness (which long preceded the murder of Abel) at last issued in his offering being rejected by God. In the ensuing hatred of Abel, Cain killed his brother. It is an important point to remember why God rejected Cain’s offering. Stott has a remarkably clear word on this: If Cain had done well, his offering would have been accepted (Genesis 4:7). According to Hebrews 11:4, it was by “faith” that Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice than Cain; we may assume that God had revealed His will to the two brothers; By faith Abel obeyed, Cain was willfully disobedient.

The question over the years that have cause a lot of questions is “What could induce a brother to imbue his hands in a brother’s blood? Why, his brother was righteous, and he was wicked; and the seed of the wicked one which was in him induced him to destroy his brother, because the seed of God – the Divine nature, was found in him.

The answer is because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” He acted under the influence of envy. He was dissatisfied that his own offering was not accepted, and that his brothers was. The apostle seems desirous to guard those to whom he wrote against the indulgence of any feelings that were the opposite of love; from anything like envy toward more highly favored brethren, by showing to what this would lead if fairly acted out, as in the case of Cain. A large part of the crimes of the earth have been caused, as in the murder of Abel, by the want of brotherly love. Nothing but love would be necessary to put an end to the crimes, and consequently to a large part of the misery, of the world.

Please allow me to point out also that this is another confirmation, taken from what is contrary; for in the reprobate and the children of the devil hatred reigns, and it holds, as it were, the chief place in their life; and he brings forward Cain as an instance. It served in the meantime to give them consolation, as he at length concluded by saying, Marvel not, if the world hate you.

It is important for us to know that we should not act to each other as Cain did to his brother Abel. He murdered him because he was better than himself. It is a mistake to suppose that God punished Cain merely for making a mistake in the worship; this reveals that Cain was controlled by evil principles. “It is inferred here that even before Cain slew Abel, there was something in the actions of the brothers that revealed their difference.” The New Testament reveals that Abel was righteous and that Cain’s works were evil, as this very verse flatly declares.

The case of Cain and Abel is the first one in the divine record that pertains to the subject of love. Cain would not have slain his brother had he loved him. John’s explanation of the cause of the lack of love is that his own works were evil while those of his brother were righteous. It seems strange that such a circumstance would cause the hatred. The basic or remote cause actually was envy which gave him a feeling of spite. We show our love for God and each other by being obedient to God, His word and His work

Have a great and God filled day!

Pastor C

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