"Flesh and blood cannot . . ." (1 Corinthians 15:50)
The New Testament gives four negative statements regarding "flesh and blood." These give us four positive alternatives:
1. The Lord is known by revelation, not investigation (Matthew 16:17).
2. Divine life is a gift of God, not from human effort (1 Corinthians 15:50)
3. Valid guidance comes from the Lord, not from men (Galatians 1:16).
4. The Christian's warfare, because it is spiritual, not carnal, requires the armour of God (Ephesians 6:12)
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"Then led they Jesus . . . unto the hall of judgment . . . and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled."
This must have been one of the greatest acts of hypocrisy ever seen. The Jewish leaders claiming that they were holier than God. Hypocrisy is a simulation of virtue that is totally insincere. Remember that we also can be guilty of this in our hearts and lives, before God and the world. We cannot fool God, and nothing is more devastating to the cause of Christ than when the world sees God's people live hypocritically. May His Spirit help us to walk circumspectly before God and man. (Brian Russell)
Christian, rise, and act your creed;
Let thy prayer be in thy deed;
Seek the right, perform the true;
Raise thy work and life anew.
N.J. Hiebert # 3596
" . . . if thou mayest be made free, use it. . . ." (1 Corinthians 7:21)
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." (Galatians 5:1)
A train is never so free as when it is running on its tracks.
Set it on an interstate highway and all you will get are spinning wheels and a lot of sparks as it slides off the pavement into the ditch, a useless hunk of metal, sunk up to its axels in the dirt. Set it in a river of water and it will quickly sink out of sight, a useless wreck sunk into the muddy riverbed. Set it in the farmers field and it will quickly sink down to its axels stuck in the sod, a useless hunk of iron. When not on its tracks all the train's power to pull freight and haul great loads, is rendered useless. Why?
. . . because it was designed to run only on tracks.
Every true believer is never so free, as when they are set on the tracks of God's Word. Some Christians seem to think that following the teachings of the Bible restricts their freedom, but that s a lie from the devil. Like the train set on its tracks, all the Bible does, if we believe it and follow it, is set us free to be and do all God designed us to be and do. If we get off the tracks of God's Word, we like the train taken off its tracks, are rendered useless. In fact, far from being free we become bound, held by the very thing we thought would be a source of freedom. (Submitted by a reader - S.L.)
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