There it is again! Faith in the Truth! That Salvation is a free gift but unless unwrapped, examined, and utilized it avails nothing! So many remain asleep! Let it not be you! For as stated; “Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the LORD in an unworthy manner will be guilty of (being evil) sinning against the Body (of Christ) and Blood of the LORD; (therefore) each one must examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup; for anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the Body eats and drinks judgment on himself; (and because of this); that is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep (unaware of Christ and His purpose) - 1 Cor. 11:29. That bread and wine are not the physical foods but the very essence of who Christ is; which is the Word as stated; “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (through Jesus)” - Matt. 4:4. And the wine as stated; “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins (old bodies/thinking); (for) if he does, the (fresh/pure) wine will burst the (old) skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined (tainted). Instead, new wine is poured into new wineskins (new bodies/thinking)". Without renewing the mind; all that is being done is the mixing of corruption with incorruption resulting in a hybrid version of Christ. Isn’t that the devil’s game! Therefore, consider the evil man of your flesh that persists in altering the Faith of Christ!
Yes; the world has unrepentant evil men but they are already judged and sentenced because they admit they are evil by their intent regardless of the Truth. For arrogance after the knowledge of the Truth is received; implies rebellion to the Truth and results in separation from God. That man has his reward. But consider the evil man who steals, kills, and destroys with their left while all the time keeping their right hand clean in appearance to those who are of the Body. That man is surely more evil for he corrupts the Faith and Truth of Jesus Christ. Therefore as Paul and Timothy assert; “hand him over to satan; (hoping that through his trials and tribulations he will repent and return to the Grace of God)” - 1 Corth. 5:5 and 1 Tim. 1:20.
Flush it Out - Jesus comes for a Glorious Church!
Grace is not a free pass for temptation, sin, and failure to be Christ in the world. This is why the world doesn't fear the average Christian; because no Glory is seen, heard, or demonstrated to them! I recently listened to a street preacher and was supportive of their boldness. But then this preacher engaged in a debased rhetoric to the world. When did Christ do such a thing? Now; this person like all of us requires more maturity in the mind of Christ. But the lesson here is not to allow the world to get under your skin and fight at their level but utilize as stated; "Are they not all ministering Spirits sent forth to minister (help, provide, serve) for those (Christians) who will inherit Salvation - Heb. 1:14. We are called to rise up above these demonic entanglements which is not to say we become so passive and intellectual that the whole point of evangelizing loses as stated; “but if the salt has lost his savour, it is, therefore, good for nothing” - Matt. 5:13. The point is not to be an unlearned Christians but as stated; “Study to show yourself approved (of) God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth” - 2 Tim. 2:15. Did you notice it's not about knowledge but to be that working practicing man. That Truth from a Hebrew perspective is like a single cord from start to finish that continuously flows endlessly. And the Hebrew meaning of the name Timothy is to honor the LORD (God). Now; is that coincidental or rather divinely designed that; “to honor God (Timothy) is to study the LORD’s Truth (unbroken, genuine and verifiable); which is to know Him and His works to be infallible”.
God will not consider the evil man for as stated; “I (God) will spit you out” - Rev. 3:16. Now; did you notice He is not talking to the unrepentant sinner whose reward is the grave; but to those who want the benefits of Christ but not His Lordship over their spirit, mind, and body? It’s an indication that you may see Heaven’s Gates but will not be allowed to enter into the city of Heaven. Why? Because the reflection that is displayed is not of His Son; Jesus Christ! Consider it this way! Would you reward the same Glory to an adopted son who does not reflect your character and integrity to that of your true Heir; knowing that once given to these flawed individuals will only result in the ruin of your legacy. God isn't going to brainwash you into His Glory. He only wants to see and accept those who have earned it! God’s Grace to us is for all our genuine attempts to perfecting our walk in the footsteps of His Son; Jesus. It's like being invited to a banquet by a king but because you are not dressed as required He orders that you be placed outside the Throne room as stated; “To give them the Garment of Praise (so) that they may be called Trees of Righteousness; the planting of the LORD, that He may be Glorified” - Is. 61:3. God’s Glory will be and by those who wear the Garment of Jesus Christ as stated; “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him but also to suffer for His sake” - Phil. 1:29. The word suffer in this context is not about wailing but really about tenacity to bear thru your wilderness to reach the Promise Land.
When your heart is not in line with the words of your mouth then your body and spirit are nothing short of corruption. You cannot confess; “I can do all things through Christ” - Phil. 4:13. And then as challenges pop up for the body, mind, and spirit; you self defeat yourself by claiming to be ignorant, helpless, and corrupted in words and actions. Where is the Faith that longs to affirm God’s Word! I am often criticized when by Righteous indignation I speak about the integrity of one’s word. That the word you give is your bond to demonstrate your character, integrity, and in the Body’s case; the mind of Christ. What if God and Jesus took for granted our Faith, Hope, and Love to them? Where then would be God’s Kingdom and for that matter our Salvation. To put in bluntly; if you are not reflecting Jesus’ life and His Righteous indignation to the evil around you; then my advice is to seriously consider from your heart up! There is no such thing as a safe space for the true Christian as Paul alludes to; “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is Life because of Righteousness” - Rm. 8:5. Read this full chapter of Paul’s proclamation for the Christian and you will come to a single conclusion. There is no shadow in being the walking, talking, and action-driven man of God by the example of Jesus Christ! The true Christian does not abuse the Grace of God! For that makes them the evil man.
It is a command! We live among them and ought not to avoid them but to be the Light for them as stated; "Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always continue in the fear (reverence and obedience) of the LORD - Prob. 23:17. Jesus spent more time with the ignorant, selfish, and the unrighteous than with any other group who before Jesus walked by the Abrahamic laws as well as by their blinded ways of the flesh. He clung to His mandate as stated; “set the captives free” - Lk. 4:18. This speaks directly to His mission and purpose to long-suffer for His Father’s Kingdom. How much of us when presented with His cross would obediently and gladly face these challenges day by day knowing your life in the body, mind, and spirit would be constantly under duress by ridicule, fear, and the possibility of death at any time. Many of us avoid such confrontations!
All men suffer regardless of their status, confession, and faith. To suffer for Christ is not about being subjugated to the world’s evil men in fear but to act as Christ when He faced the world knowing as stated; “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me” - Matt. 5:11; and being assured as stated; “We must endure many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God” - Acts 14:22. All these things speak to as stated; “and having done all, to stand (in Faith)” - Eph. 6:13. To consider the evil man is to consider his or her’s integrity when faced with fear, unrighteousness, and even the devil. For the Christian to act as the world is not to be Christ-like and to abdicate the Faith of Jesus Christ is just as bad as stated; “When the Righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears the rule, the people mourn” - Prov. 29:2. What is this authority for? To be fruitful, multiply, and take dominion! All evil needs is a single small crevice to create havoc and chaos when unchecked. For as stated by Paul; “God has not called us to impurity, but to Holiness; anyone, then, who rejects this command does not reject man but God, the very One who gives you His Holy Spirit; and; “because God has chosen you from the beginning to be saved by the Sanctification of the Spirit and by Faith in the Truth; (so) to this He called you through our (the) Gospel, so that you may share in the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ - 1Tess. 4:7; 2 Tess. 2:13; respectively. .
Aug. 3, 2020.
Consider the evil man.
For once we were also the evil man who by these evil spirits in high places were subjected to the desires of the flesh by the body, mind, and even our spirit. Why did God allow our decisions to be influenced by the very corruption that shook His Kingdom? To as stated; “and having despoiled (evil) principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” - Col. 2:15. This is a promise for the Christian as well as a directive. To spoil the enemy wherever they are found. When Jesus walked the Earth; His purpose was to agitate the bodies, minds, and spirits of the man into motivating them into the battle for control of this very world. Then Jesus was taken as a prisoner into the grave and then by God’s Power; He was resurrected into the proof of assured Victory as He walked again on the Earth as well as to take His place as stated; “and there they will see Me (Jesus) - Matt. 28; and “seated at the right hand of the Father” - Lk. 22:69. Not as the original being of the Word nor as a Spirit in Angelic form; but as a man, as you and I see each other today; no longer having any mark of spiritual corruption; represented by “that old rugged cross”; but completely transformed into the original form and Glory of Adam before the fall. Jesus doesn’t have any wings!
How we see those outside the Grace of God’s Salvation implies just how mature and useful we are to His purpose. Jesus makes it clear as stated; “I pray not that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil” - Jn. 17:15. Too many in the Body of Christ make Jesus their Savior but do not accept Him as their Lord. Every Sunday they are faithful to show up for service but for the rest of the week, they stay within their circles of comfort avoiding those blinded by satan’s darkness. Now; I am not advocating that the Christian walks into a place of prostitution that is filled with drug runners and gangs of violence. But if as a Christian you do not allow the Spirit of God to mold, fill and use you for the Salvation of the lost; in a phase; “Your wick is wet”.
Jesus will not come back in an Angelic form but as a man riding His white horse of Victory. He is coming back for a Glorious church! And as stated; “that He (Jesus) might present her (receive) to Himself a Glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be Holy and without blemish” - Eph. 5:27. What is this Glorious church and how is it defined by man’s involvement? The religious mind claims it is not possible for the man to be God’s Glory. Then why create man? For suffering? Religion was set up by a fallen and disillusioned man; satan’s proxy to weaken the original intent of God; that is to take back this world from the fallen angels. God intended for a battle of free will! And knowing the outcome of Victory through Jesus Christ laid the foundation for thousands of years of building the renewed image of God for as stated; “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this” - Esther 4:14. The Jews were about to be marginalized and to be eliminated; when God who planted Esther years before perfectly, to become the influence and champion representing them to the Persian king to save His people. This is the same for every born again person who stands in Faith for the cause of Righteousness! For this time!
No longer are we just men, whether Jew or Christian. There is only one Body of Jesus Christ. The former may be prodigal but they are assured as the Christian to be counted for the LORD’s work. They are the Messianic Jew! All followers of Jesus Christ! If you are comfortable in the Faith; then it is really not the Faith of Jesus Christ. Jesus has been Glorified so it makes sense He returns for a Glorious Church as demonstrated not only by Jesus but even the demons as stated; “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” - Acts 19:15. To be the expedient or the superficial christian will not guarantee one’s Salvation much less make you Glorious. It will only make you the evil man!
To consider the evil man is to as James states; “(Be) like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was” - Jms. 1:23. James is not talking about those outside but those inside the Grace of God by Jesus Christ. As the Body of Christ; one cannot consider the world’s evil man without first taking stock of their image as seen not by the flesh as by a mirror but by the given Spirit’s image; by that of Jesus Christ. Hence as stated; “first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” - Matt. 7:5. When you reflect Jesus wholeheartedly in attitude, aptitude, and actions; then you are that Glorious Church and therefore the temple of God. Despite the imperfections; it is the working toward perfection that by Grace covers your spirit, mind, and body with the Glory of God which is the prefix by James to be a doer of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves and as stated; “Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect'' - Matt. 5:48. Sometimes in talking with other church members; there is an irritation in my spirit because it’s as if these individuals are not recognized by the Spirit to be of the Faith of Jesus Christ. How do you know this by the Spirit of Discernment? They talk like how the world talks; affirming as stated; “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (reveals)” - Matt. 12:34.
The religious-minded would claim that this is why God sent Jesus because the average man could not, nor be able to carry the burden Jesus did. Yet, Jesus states; “Go into all the world” and “you will do greater than Me” - Mk. 16:15, and Jn. 14:12; respectively. Jesus by Faith is the true banner of God being a reflection of God’s thinking and desires. And also, next to Jesus is Paul; who by Faithful conviction did much more and even greater ministry than Jesus. That is how God designed it to be. That His images would conquer fear, death, and all unrighteousness. And still; the religious-minded would claim because Jesus was Anointed to do God's work. There are never enough excuses that override God’s Word and as stated; “My Word does not return to Me void” and “created in My image with My Spirit in you” - Is. 55:11, and Gen. 1:27; respectively. No matter where you are in life, when you received your Salvation; God has laid a plan for your complete restoration into the image of Christ; the man; to be the candle in the darkness.
It was to a man that God charged to be fruitful, multiply, and have dominion. It was by a man that God used to bring about the nation of Israel; the seedbed for Jesus Christ. And it was a man that remained in obedience to go to the cross as the price for the opportunity of redemption. Redemption for the evil man! God in His integrity has made this mandate fitting to the turmoil that the world is in, as stated; “by one’s man disobedience came evil (darkness) so by another would come Life (Light)” - Rm. 5:19. The religious-minded has no footing to stand on who often claims that it was God in the form of a man that as stated; “(use) a sword” - Matt. 10:34. That God acted as a superman defeating evil as He walked the Earth. Now; can God do that? Of course!
There is no doubt God can take on the form of a man as stated; “Abraham visited by God” - Gen. 18:1. But the prime difference between God in the flesh as opposed to Jesus as stated; “the Word became flesh” - Jn. 1:14; is the condition of the flesh. God created an uncorrupted flesh from corruption as stated; “Till you return to the ground; for out of it you were taken” - Gen. 3:19. Adam came from the corrupted ground which was Sanctified; and then Anointed when God breathed His Spirit into or came upon him. In the same way; Jesus came from corrupted flesh (ground), through Mary who was Sanctified as stated; “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you (Mary), and the Power of the Highest (God) shall overshadow (dominate/saturate) you: therefore also that Holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God” - Lk. 1:35. Then Jesus was Anointed by God with His Spirit in the form of a dove. That redeemed and baptized flesh walked on corrupted ground and remained untainted; just like someone wearing a hazmat suit. Jesus was born of corrupted flesh and was fully exposed to all forms of corruption and curses that resulted from original sin. Jesus’ body, mind, and for that matter His spirit faced everything that the man faces today as stated; “wrestle not against flesh but against (evil) spirits in high places” - Eph. 6:12. This is why as Christians we must consider the evil man!
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