For decades people have been taught that to succeed to become answerable only to oneself is the ultimate goal.
Yet this is not what the Bible teaches.
Humility. Seeking to help others especially those within the Christian family, but not limited to the Christian family is part of the ultimate plan from Christ Himself.
In fact when Christ added two more commandments, oh you didn’t know there is actually twelve commandments now, oh well let’s go there.
The greatest commandment per Jesus Christ is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and soul. It was actually taught in Deuteronomy 6:5, but called the greatest and a commandment by Christ.
The second commandment Jesus then goes on to say is that we are to love our neighbors as we are to love ourselves.
This means to place all humanity as our equals, but as Christ Himself says about His task upon this temporal plain was this:
Matthew 20: 28 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Since we are to strive to be Christ-like then should we not too seek to serve our neighbors, our fellow humans as best we can?
The answer is yes.
So to seek to have success to seek after wealth, to tread upon our fellows not caring if they are hurt, finically destitute or even killed is the total opposite of serving God.
Then if it is opposite it is seeking not after Christ and salvation, but death and destruction.
Yet this is how most in the world think, many of which call themselves “Christian.”
This makes those that do call themselves that hypocrites, and liars not only to themselves but to everyone else and especially to God.
Revelation 21:8 “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
1 John 4:20 – If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.
What is an “elitist?”
It is defined as this: someone who believes that some things should be controlled or owned only by the richest or best educated people.
What does Christ think of the rich?
Matthew 19:24 “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
So if elitist are almost certain not to get into heaven. Then why listen to them?
The Bible says this as well: Matthew 20:24 – When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
“You know that the rulers of this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them”
Is this not the mentality of the elitist? The answer is yes.
So those that would lead the world will find it nigh impossible to enter into heaven. Why even give them the time of day.
Yet that is exactly what millions do.
These elitist also seek after utopia, heaven on earth.
This is also not truly even promised in the Bible.
The Bible speaks of the thousand year rule of Christ. Yet it is not called heaven on earth. It is call Christ on earth ruling those that live upon it with an iron rod. Yet it will for the most part be peaceful, till near the end.
This means that there will be those the descent and disagree and rebel even against Christ Himself. For Satan shall be loosened for a short time. Why? To get the rest of those that think like elitist so that they can join Satan in his final home full of fire and undying worms.
What is promised that after the final judgment that God would make a new heaven and a new earth and that all of humanity would live forever. Those loyal to Christ would live in service to God and help throughout the entire universe known as all of God’s creation. Again there is no promise of any type of utopia.
The utopian dream and desire for such a thing is a fallacy, a lie. A tool used to manipulate those that have not bothered to learn the truth of the Bible and the promises of Jesus Christ and His Father, God.
So again I ask, then why listen to those that God sees as the least amongst humanity?
Because those that follow do not wish to hear the truth. They desire that their rewards be given unto them now, not when they are called into the eternal life. They would rather have their riches and rewards for a mere fifty or sixty years. Because they cannot comprehend the concept of rewards that will last billions upon billions of years, for they cannot see beyond this temporal existence.
They have been fed the lie that this temporal life is all that there is to existence. This is the lie that has been passed down for centuries.
Very few come to the true understanding of what is meant by an eternal life.
Those that seek to rule, to control, to manipulate twist this lack of understanding and use it to their own rewards for they too cannot see the truth. They too are blind to the glory of God and His Son Jesus Christ.
All they care for is to gain earthly riches no matter who they have to take advantage of or who dies a death made from lies. While those that follow them seek after the same goals and rewards not seeing that 99.9% of them will never amount to anything but a pawn for those that make it to the status of elitist. If status is truly the word that should be applied to such a lowly state of humanity.
Those that do not reach this low should be glad that they did not reach their goal in most cases since those that do make this rank end up being cursed and doomed. Maybe not in this lifetime, but in the eternal life time that is promised to all. Billions upon billions of years of horrors of their own making and own decision to partake of as will happen to all that chose the sin over the path of the righteous to salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
What the purist scientist didn’t see that I noticed immediately as a Christian.
When you look at how scientist place us within the universe and how they are discovering more and more about the universe just affirms to me the glory of our Creator God.
Here is what I saw that I have seen before when they placed our solar system within the Milky Way galaxy. For the galaxy they found us to be toward the end of one of the spirals.
Within the supercluster of galaxies, now called Laniakea, they placed the Milk Way at the end of an arm, nearly by itself and separate from other large groups and galaxies.
As with the Milky Way we are of on the side separate and on our own. Not at the center, not an important part of the overall galaxy.
Yet still humanity things itself as something special and alone.
All this tells me is that God does not wish us to think of ourselves and something more than what He has made us to be. Those that are to follow Him and accept His Son as Our Savior.
So that someday once all that is destine for this earth to take place. We will be able to explore not only all of the Milky Way, but all of Laniakea and beyond. Doing so as His dutiful servants helping to spread His wondrous glory throughout the universe that we are only now to see and yet have no true concept of how it all works towards His glory.
Chaos can take many forms. In the entertainment industry like movies and TV shows it is usually depicted as wars or some type of conflict. In reality it can be more subtle, more deceiving.
The actual definition of “chaos” is this: a state of disorder and confusion.
In today’s world we are in a time of disorder and confusion on multiple levels. In some cases there is violence, but most of the disorder and confusion comes from everyday life itself.
The effects of order and chaos do correspond like a pendulum swinging from one side to the other. It has now swung to the side of chaos. So now we must deal with its affects and outcome of the damage that will come from it.
There are those that say chaos is good. Then there are those that know the truth and understand that chaos is always bad, and the degree to which the pendulum is allowed to swing deeper into the side of chaos demands an equal and opposite reaction of order to return the swing to go back the other way.
The last time the swing into chaos went too far it cost over 60 million deaths, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population. Then the swing of the pendulum went into the order side.
Here is a contrast to note. For the swing of the pendulum to swing away from order and back into chaos does not necessarily require deaths to cause it, but the minds of humanity to reject order. This started and took place in the 1960s. Now the Vietnam War was going on this time and an approximate total deaths of 1,313,000 took place in that war, but that was not a major factor in the change of people minds against order. Those that started the pendulum swing to chaos desired and even lusted for chaos, for sin. Not only in their hearts but their minds as well as they experimented with drugs like LSD and heroin.
They felt enslaved to order. They in their minds wished to have freedom from what they saw as constrains of order. Why this took place was a failing of those that were teaching order. Were teaching the doctrines from which order resides, the Bible for they themselves in most cases did understand the teachings of the Bible. Those teaching the Bible had become legalist, demanding order be followed, but to follow God is not something that can be demanded. It is something that is voluntary.
What is truly sad though is due to all the chaos we now live within. Those that seek after it and truly desire it for themselves have turned into that which they themselves hated. They have become legalist of chaos. Desiring to control all by demanding that all embrace the chaos and accept it as the truth and the all ending. Yet as has been shown the swing away from chaos back toward to order usually results in more deaths than it takes to swing from order toward chaos.
What I see in this is that through the love of Christ he desires us to stay within the constraints of a type of order, but not one dictated in legalism. However, in an order followed and given with love that can lead to an eternal life that has more to offer than this world we now live within could ever offer.
To follow the teachings of the Bible can seem confining, but that is a test of our love and our devotion to our Savior. Is that really so much to ask of us? I honestly don’t think so.
One of the complaints that comes up when people state that the United States is a “Christian nation.”
Is what happened to the Native Americas at the hands of those that came from Europe to make this nation and the subsequent expansion to the lower forty-eight states of this nation.
Here is what people do not wish to acknowledge or know.
Mark 7:20 – And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. 21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”
They assume because people profess to be “Christian” that they are acting under the direction of God. When as you can tell from these verses the evil that humanity has done to other humans comes from themselves, not God.
So to blame Christianity for the crimes and misdeeds of humanity is not only an injustice to God, but is a lie and another type of excuse to allow people to live freely in sin.
Should humanity have done the evil they have done throughout all the ages man has walked upon this earth? No.
But to throw the blame upon God, His Son or Christianity is false and wrong for any to do.
Time and again the people of Israel are shown that they themselves turned their backs upon God so that they could live in sin. To worship idols. To attack their own neighbors out of their own hatred, selfishness and greed.
None of this is taught within the Bible.
Jesus taught to love thy neighbor as you would love yourself.
This means that when they forced Native Americans from their lands they were showing that in reality they hated themselves and due to their self-hatred sought after ways to make themselves feel better about themselves by denigrating others. You can see this very act being done by those that deny and say they hate God and Christianity. It is not Christians they hate but themselves and they seek solace for their own self-loathing unaware that they are attacking the very source that can give them what they truly and deeply seek.
They have no true concept of what they are doing for in their hatred refuse to read or even listen to the evidence of the truth that can be found with the Bible and from Christians that truly do strive to follow the word of God.
Now we must understand an important point though.
There are those that call themselves “Christian” that have this very same self-loathing and too seek solace.
Why is this?
Because in reality they are not truly “Christian.”
They take the words of others as (excuses the pun) gospel.
When they are not in reality receiving the word of God.
But the gospel according to humanity.
Christ makes it clear that we are to love God with all our heart, mind and soul. By giving this love we seek to do all thing for His glory. ALL THINGS.
So for example these false teachers say you can call upon God to give you wealth upon this earth. This is a lie.
So for example these false teachers say that this group of people is less than you and you are to rule over them. This is a lie.
The Bible says our rewards are not of this earth and that those that are rich will have a more difficult time entering into the eternal life if at all.
The Bible says we are to place ALL others before ourselves. If we do that and we treat them as we would like to be treated ourselves. Then we would never seek to harm them, for only very few seek to harm themselves and that is mainly due to not knowing or understanding the Word of God.
So understand. Those that divide. Those that promote hate. Those that seek to be have dominion over their fellows. Do so for their own selfish and sinful desire and needs, for they are corrupt and evil.
The only way to escape this cycle is to truly ask Jesus Christ into their lives and to truly come to understand the Bible and the peace that is taught within it.
It just amazes me how people show where they stand in their belief in God and His Son Jesus Christ.
The other day in “The Christian Post” on Facebook a person posted an article called: “Pro-Life Evangelicals Better Off With Hillary Clinton, Christian Writer Rachel Held Evans Says”
In the comments I stated as follows:
“Couldn’t get past the first line. Democrats DENY God per their own website. That alone and no other reason says that if ANY that calls themselves ‘Christian’ vote for ANY Democrat or call themselves “Democrat” DENY GOD THEMSELVES. Those that deny Christ He will deny to His Father.”
The response for the most part were telling. I have established through the Bible why I have this stance. If you wish to know it go here: Stop falling for the propaganda (Biblical grounds for not voting Democrat)
Now I will say that I do not know who the respondents are so I am merely reacting to how they themselves posted their responses. The negative views were as you would expect. Democrats do believe in God, I am a nut, and sarcasm, or made assumptions of how I think of belief.
What I saw was the typical responses of those that have not thought for themselves, have not studied the Word of God.
Now why do I say this?
One of the main keys to salvation is in the belief of God and so in turn His Son our Savior. Time and again there has been reverences since 2012 where speeches that include the word “God” have been changed to omit “God” when people of the Democrats party speak.
This leads into the one statement made by a person that responded to my post that this nation is a “secular” nation. This is the tripe that has been drilled into our children and those on the left for over fifty years now. If they truly sought out the writings of the founding fathers of this nation they would find time and again that this nation was formed as a Christian nation for the ability to worship or even to deny God. The founding fathers knew there were those even in their times that questioned the existence of God.
Yet due to the incorrect interpretation of the First Amendment. It has been drilled into their heads that government and God must be separate. This is an outright lie. All it states is that the government itself cannot make a state run religion, and then goes on to state that the government cannot interfere with each person’s choice in how they choose to worship or not worship God. This means that believers in Christ can be involved and influence the government and in fact is encouraged by the founding fathers to do that exact thing.
What is more important is that the Bible itself says we are to be involved, to be more specific Jesus Himself says to be.
Mark 10:42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Why mention leaders of the world? For Christ knew that Christian’s would seek to have not just leaders of their churches but of their nations. So He tells them that when seeking a leader that they “must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.”
Most have not been taught correctly how to interpret this because they did not read the Bible for themselves. Taking the insight of others over their own intelligence. If Christ did not mean it to be for ANY leadership rolls why even bother to mention world leaders? That is because it was meant for ALL LEADERSHIP ROLLS. Even if that nation is “secular” we as Christian are in contract with God through the blood of His Son to seek out ONLY those that are servant leaders.
One of the core teachings of “Christianity” is humility. To place all others before yourself, this is reinforced here by Christ for those that wish to lead the people. Since He mentions Himself He is inferring that they must be Christ-like, as best they can.
This means that when someone states they are a servant leader a key element is that they be Christian. I don’t mean say they are “Christian” that as is now evident just saying the word “Christian” does not make you one. A true servant leader is seen in how all true Christians are seen as described in the Bible:
James 2: 14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” 19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. 25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
You can see their works and know where they stand.
If they lie
If they support sin
If they deny God
If they seek after the world
Then they are not Christian even if they say they are. They may say they have the faith, but their works show them to be dead unto God. So they should never get our support or our endorsement.
These are the concepts that should be taught when you become a follower of Jesus Christ. There is more to salvation then just saying the words for just saying the words is an act of faith. It is as mentioned above, faith and works together. The works is learning the Bible and coming to understand on your own the full mantle of the armor of God. Too many go about naked and think they are clothed.
Any that support an organization like the Democratic Party do not truly know the Bible and what it entails to be a follower of Jesus Christ. For if they did it would sicken them to know that they denied that which they thought they had found. To know that it is due to their votes that nearly 60 million babies never came to live a life like they have had the privilege to do. To know that they have been turned into liars by those that lie and those condemning them to a fate that none should partake of and one they themselves thought they had avoided.
Revelation 21:8 “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
There are two questions that need to be asked though.
Whose contract and whose blood?
Yes, whose blood.
For years I heard references here and there to this concept.
People would say as they sign a contract for a loan that they are “signing their life away.”
Movies and television shows would mention signing a contract with the devil and in many cases using your own blood to do it. By the way this is one of the two contracts that answers a part of the question above.
It is coming to realize which of these contracts you are signing that has become blurred, hard to tell, difficult to discern.
Because the message of the Bible is not being taught correctly. Those in the pulpit are more interested in keeping their pews and coffers full. Hardly ever thinking of the real reason they were placed within the pulpit in the first place. Which was to help those that come to their church to make it into the eternal life to come.
What is a contract?
It is defined as: an agreement with specific terms between two or more persons or entities in which there is a promise to do something in return for a valuable benefit known as consideration.
So what is the consideration you are seeking?
That is what determines which and whose contract you are signing.
So what is the consideration that Christ offers?
John 3:10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. 16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
Matthew 6: 19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Matthew 5: 11 – “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”
So Christ promises eternal live and rewards not upon earth but in the eternal life to come. These are His considerations.
So who signs this contract?
You do, but whose blood do you sign this contract in?
The blood of Jesus Christ.
So if our rewards are eternal life and rewards within the eternal life. Whose contract do we sign that promises rewards upon this temporal plain we now exist within?
I made mention of it earlier. The devil, Satan.
2 Corinthians 4: 4 Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. 2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this. 3 If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
“Satan, who is the god of this world.”
So if they seek after rewards upon this earth they have not signed a contract with Christ and in His blood, but they have signed a contract with Satan and used their own blood.
They have made a deal with the devil and aren’t even aware that they have for they have not been taught correctly and have not learned the Word of God for themselves as they are required to do on their own.
So whose contract have you signed and whose blood did you use?
What is it you are seeking?
Many, even those within Christendom itself have a misconstrued image of how being a Christian is.
Many think that you go to church once a week, sing a few songs, and say a few prayers and you are set to go to heaven.
Others have this image that being a Christian is a carefree existence of not caring for anything but themselves.
Another image is one of superiority to all that do not accept Christ and if you do not you are to be looked down upon.
I will start with the last few first. This image is as many images of those that do not know or truly understand what is required to be a servant of God placed upon followers of Jesus. Why this is, is mainly due to those that do not truly know the truth projecting their own way of thinking and how they view the world and those in it upon how others cultures are.
Let me explain this better.
There are those that think that Christians are nothing, are stupid, ignorant, just because they disagree with the way they think and feel. So in their minds this is how they see those that call themselves “Christian.” For to them any cultural belief or lifestyle views comes from their own way they view others. This is them projecting their own hatred for all others upon other groups. Just because they hate and demean, they see all others doing the same as they do. This is them living within their own lie so as to make themselves feel good about themselves, it is actually extremely sad when you think upon it some.
This is not how true Christians think. This is not how true Christians act.
Now for the second image.
Being Christian is not carefree, especially when done in the correct concept of salvation. When asking Jesus to be our Savior we are making a contract unto God written in the blood of Jesus Christ. The blood that He shed upon the cross nearly two thousand years ago.
The terms of this contract is to place God first in our heart, our mind and our soul. This means to do every single action in our lives with saying to ourselves: “Is this something that is pleasing to God?”
We also come to a full realization that we are in a corrupt body. For we have not yet been called up to Christ at which time we will put on the incorruptible and the immortal.
What this means is that since we are not perfect, even though saved, we will stumble and fall into sin. Once we realize this and correct it then we can turn to Christ and ask His forgiveness, which he has promised will be given unto all that ask. This is a daily struggle and can at time be frustrating.
This is the transition to the first point.
What many even within Christendom do not know, or acknowledge or have chosen to forget is that if you choose to live in the sin even after accepting Christ and preferring the sin over the saving grace of our Savior then we will be cast out.
Seen by Christ Himself as something that is worse than those that totally deny Him.
Why? For they are in essence spitting upon God and His one and only Son and saying “the way I live is more important than God.”
What is worse is that these are a majority that call themselves Christian. These are the examples those that deny there is a God see. They see these hypocrites and say “see there. This is why I say there is no God.”
This is why the glorified Jesus Christ made it clear that these are to be spit from Him. Lost forever from Him and His Father. The Creator of the Universe.
So let’s do a day by day of a possible average life of a person.
Sunday if they go to church at all, they do so. The get to church. Talk to this person or that person or even a group of people.
“Did you hear that this happened to so and so?”
“Oh my no. Really?”
Then this person goes into the service. They say a pray, they listen to the singing, the preaching and then pray again. They go home.
Once there they go about their usual day. Go to a beach, go to a park, or just sit at home and watch some television.
Monday, they go to work. They ponder how to get a raise or think of a way to sell the house they now have so that they can get into a “better” area. They hobnob with their co-workers and they may spend some time after work with them. Maybe even participate in some type of sport. Basketball, baseball, golf, whatever. They go home maybe talk with the wife or kids and may even dine at the same table with them. Then they go to bed.
The rest of the week is pretty much the same as Monday. Then Saturday arrives. If they own house and do their own yard work they do some. Then maybe head off for some more sports either with friends or on the television.
Rinse and repeat time and again hardly never changing. Maybe they get a better house, a better car, hobnob with people that are of their “class,” and that is their life.
Yet they say they are Christian.
Welcome to the world of the lukewarm. A world in which you are not welcome in heaven.
These words make them angry, their mind screams, NO!!
They say this is bull. This is not true. This is impossible.
I say where was God?
They reply, “We went to church!”
I say where was God?
They shout, “I JUST TOLD YOU, WE —— WENT——- TO—— CHRUCH!!!!!!! AREN’T YOU LISTENING??”
I once again say, where was God?
Dumbfounded they fix to leave this article.
Where was God when you gossiped? Not with you.
Where was God when you went to the beach? Not with you.
Where was God when you sought after a better place to live? Not with you for that is seeking after a reward upon this planet, this temporal plain of existence.
Where was God when you were hobnobbing? Were you sharing God to those with you? Were you giving your testimony?
When you woke up did you pray to God? Did you even think of God once?
Welcome to the world of the lukewarm. A world in which you are not welcome in heaven.
Revelations 3: 14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:
15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.
22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”
At nine Jesus knew the truth. He knew the Bible so well that he awed the Scribes and Pharisees with His knowledge and insight into the Word of God as the Israelites knew it at that time.
Yet today this very day two thousand year ago he walked upon the hills around Nazareth. He talked to His half-brothers and sisters. He talked with his mother and step-father. I honestly don’t know when Joseph died, so I really cannot say Jesus was able to talk to him, but we know Joseph was alive when Christ was nine.
We know that seventeen years from now those that knew Him most everyday rejected Him, even His half-siblings, for it is not until after His resurrection that his brother James comes to accept Him as the Messiah.
He already knew who His true Father is. Yet the evidence due to the rejection by those that knew Him most was that He did not show arrogance in anyway His entire time upon this planet. He showed humility His entire life, yet was wiser than any of the elders of the Jewish faith.
He never sought after riches for it is plainly seen that He was poor His entire life. It is plain to see that He never mentioned that He was the Son of God until the appointed time, for to have done it at any other time would most likely have led to stoning. For His fate was not to be stoned, but much worse. He was to be crucified, which is more heinous of a fate. For that fate was to redeem even the most odious of sins.
He knew even now two thousand years ago that He was to hang upon the cross, yet He kept quiet. He kept silent until His Father told Him it was time.
Why? Because He loves that which His father loves, which was all of His creation, which also included all of us up until the end. Each and every person is beloved by God. However not every single person loves God or His precious and humble Son.
Even today this very day many say to His sorrow: “I reject you God.” Not aware of what they are truly saying for they have not been told the truth.
Most in this world listen to the lies that make them happy in this moment, in this now, in this temporal reality that is only meant for this very moment. The very idea of that there is a God or is there not. Do I wish to server Him or do I deny Him.
Too many choose to deny Him. Yet even more choose to serve Him and in turn choose to deny Him. Of this latter group I feel the most sorrow and pain for they walk about thinking they are one with God as they live their lives in this world unaware that they are dead to Him, for He has spat them out for their betrayal. The betrayal by the lukewarm.