Scriptural Readings: Matthew 24:10,12; Hebrews 6:4-6; Psalms 34:18-19; II Corinthians 3:4; Colossians 2:2, 9-10; Matthew 22: 36-40; Revelation 19:10.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another,
What is true about what is happening today around this planet causes alarm and a lot of discomforts and uncertainties. The fact that peace is being compromised, half of the people around the world do not want to be living in perfect harmony. Some people think they were offended and they were betrayed.
and shall hate one another.
We can see perfectly the picture of our true nature if what our wants would not be met. Since some of us felt offended and betrayed we resorted into hatred. Hatred has become an option. Violence has become a normal thing for us to see and experience. It has become a solution to our differences. There is now no conviction. There was so much delight seeing other people hurt and die. We cannot hide these. We can see them everywhere.
Is this true or false?
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Rejecting the truth, many of us are walking away and gone astray. Our calloused conscience cannot communicate with our faith anymore because our sinful nature together with our own selfish desires are racing each other inside of us in whichever comes first as a winner we end up becoming the loser. Forgiving one another is just a lie that we have to live with. The supposed burning love in our hearts either died or had gone cold.
v.4 For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
v.5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
v.6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.
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v.4 For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit,
v.5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—
v.6 and who then turns away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.
There are times that we Christians look at Jesus as just merely a human unknowingly. There are times we never acknowledge Him as a savior. Only to find out that our faith does not seem to work for us at all and the reason is we have been living our lives in this situation.
Many of us today are broken, one way or the other we have felt and suffered from frustrations, depression making us helpless and broken.
II Corinthians 3:4
v.4 Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.
v.2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself,
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
And who is talking? Isn’t that these words are from God? Isn’t He reffering to our Lord Jesus Christ the One He sent for our salvation and the way that we have to live by, the truth that we should and have to believe in and to have a life pleasing to the Father?
Are we listening? Do we hear what God is telling us or do we continue with our own way of living? God has given us the capacity to choose and what are we doing?
Matthew 22: 36-40
v.36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?
v.37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
v.38 This is the first and great commandment.
v.39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
v.40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The thing that is happening and what we are doing right now is exactly the opposite of what God wants us to do. How can we please God if the first law alone is a failure for us. How can we accomplish the second law if we have failed already on the first law. God is love. How can we love God if we have hatred in us. This is a totally completed picture of failure as a Christian.
Jesus said that we have to love God with all our heart, souls and mind because God Himself will deal with these things that are impossible for us to get rid of, our hating hearts, hating souls and hating minds making it possible to love ourselves as well as our neighbors.
Unless we accept the absolute truth of the finished work of Jesus Christ at calvary, the good news, it is impossible to love God and Jesus Christ who gave His life for us. Hatred will forever reign in our hearts, souls and minds and this means that we have chosen the wrong way, the wrong truth and the wrong life.
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Having the testimony of Jesus Christ in our lives will reveal to us the many things we need in our spiritual lives. Our spiritual lives matter. The more that we draw near to Him and He will no doubt draw near to us. The more revelations we will be having the more life pleasing to the Father our lives in whole will be. Alleluia!