A look into Galatians 5:16-26
Welcome again to another Bible Study with me Dreamwalker1960
In the last few weeks I have been a bit rough in my messaging. I do not deny or regret this. As I stated the evidence is stacking up which points to the return of Jesus Christ and that the turmoil that will occur during the Tribulation. I have been led to Galatians 5 and the exhortation to allow yourself to be led by the Holy Ghost. This is how you allow yourself to turn away from the life within the lukewarm to retuning to be a fruitful part of the Holy Vine, which is Jesus Christ. So let us start to look into these verses.
Verses 16-17 – So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
First and foremost we see here that our humanity is at conflict with that which is holy. Even after being filed with the Holy Ghost. This once again confirms that we have an active part in our relationship with God in our salvation. But let us break this verses down even further as we look first into the KJV and then into the Greek.
Verse 16 – This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Walk – G4043 – peripateo – to tread all around, i.e. walk at large (especially as proof of ability): figuratively to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary) [Strong’s]
- Deport – to behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified way
- Votary – a person who has made a promise to serve a particular religion or god
Ye shall not – G3364 – ou me – a double negative strengthening the denial: not at all
Fulfil – G5055 – teleo – to end, i.e. complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt) [Strong’s]
The lust – G1939 – epithymia – a longing (especially for what is forbidden) [Strong’s]
Of the flesh – G4561 – sarx – flesh (as striped of the skin), i.e. (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul [spirit], or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by Implication) human nature (with its frailties [physical or moral] and passions) or (specially) a human being (as such)
This is my version of this verse:
I say to those that have promised themselves to the Holy Spirit. You shall not allow yourselves to enter into your human longings of that which is forbidden.
Verse 17 – For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Lusteth – G1937 – epithymeo – to set the heart upon, i.e. long for (rightfully or otherwise) [Strong’s]
Contrary – G480 – antikeimai – to lie opposite. i.e. be adverse (figuratively repugnant) to [Strong’s]
- Repugnant – Extremely distasteful; unacceptable
This verse shows the internal conflict that we all experience daily. Fortifying that we are to strive toward that which is holy over the wants and desires of our human nature. It also shows that we do have a corrupt body even after being filled with the Holy Spirit. This results in the need to be ever aware of our own weaknesses. To struggle through these lust and desires by turning our eyes toward the one who died upon the cross for us. So we would not have to suffer like He did but for all eternity in the pit of fire.
Verse 18 – But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the Law of Moses.
Now let’s see what the KJV and the Greek says for this verse.
“But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”
Ye be led – G71 – ago – properly to lead, by implication to bring drive (reflexively) go (specifically) pass (time) or (figuratively) induce
a) Induce – to persuade someone to do something
My version: If you are led by the Holy Ghost you are not under the law given to Moses.
In the next verses we are shown the rotten fruit that is born when you allow our corruptible to be our master:
Verse 19 – When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,
So let’s look at each of these sins that we can still fall into if we do not allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Due to time restrictions I will not go into full detail of these sins. However, you can read the full breakdown at dreamwalker1960.com for the blog of this podcast #23.
We will use the KJV for this list:
1) Adultery – G3430 – moicheia – sex between a married man or a woman that is not who they are married to.
2) * Fornication – G4202 – porneia – harlotry (including adultery and incest) figuratively idolatry – sex between people not married to each other.
a) Harlotry – prostitution
3) Uncleanness – G167 –akatharsia – impurity (the quality) physically or morally
a) Impurity – impure – containing something unclean, ritually unclean
b) Unclean – morally wrong
4) * Lasciviousness – G766 – aselgeia – licentiousness (sometimes including other vices)
a) Licentiousness – Behavior that is sexual, in a way that is uncontrolled and socially unacceptable
The list continues in verse 20
“Idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,”
We will still go through the KJV of this list:
5) Idolatry – G1495 – eidololatrria – image worship (literally or figuratively)
6) Witchcraft – G5331 – pharmakeia – medication (pharmacy) that is (by extension) magic (literal or figurative) sorcery
a) Sorcery – a type of magic in which spirits, especially evil ones, are used to make things happen
7) Hatred – G2189 – echthra – hostility, by implication a reason for opposition, enmity)
a) Enmity – a feeling of hate
8) * Variance – G2054 – eris – of uncertain affinity, a quarrel that is (by implication) wrangling: contention debate strife
a) Wrangling – wrangle – an argument, especially one that continues for a long time
9) * Emulation – G2205 – zelos – properly heat that is (figuratively) zeal (in favorable sense ardor, in unfavorable one jealousy as of a husband [figuratively of God] or an enemy malice)
10) Wrath – G2372 – thumos – passion (as if breathing hard)
11) * Strife – G2052 – eritheia – properly intrigue that is (by implication) faction
a) Faction – a group within a large group, especially one with slightly different ideas from the main group
12) Seditions – G1370 – dichostasia – disunion that is (figuratively) dissension
a) Dissension – arguments and disagreement, especially in an organization, group, political party
13) Heresies – G139 – hairesis – properly a choice that is (specifically) a party or (abstractly) disunion
the list continues into verse 21
“envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
14) * Envyings – G5355 – phthonos – ill will (as detraction) that is jealousy (spite)
a) Spite – a desire to hurt, annoy, or offend someone
15) Murders – G5408 – phonos – (to slay)
16) Drunkenness – G3178 – methe – an intoxicant that is (by implication) intoxication
17) Revellings – G2970 – komos – a carousal (as if a letting loose)
The implication here, when joined with verse 16, is that we are still able to fall into these sins one again and we should diligently turn away from them. For as is made clear at the conclusion of this verse is that those that do these sins will not make it into heaven.
I must also note a trend that I have noted throughout the books of the New Testament that do list sins showing various other sins. This is due to different sins affecting the different cities to which these individual letters were sent to.
People have used the fact that these sins are not all exactly the same sins as those shown in other books within the Bible. So they use this as to say there is a flaw in the message within the Bible. That is not the case, as I noted a bit ago. Each group is being addressed for their particular sins that are afflicting these servants of God in each of these locations throughout the region between and including Israel and Rome.
What is the important take away from this list of sin aren’t the sins. But what is being asked for all of us that have the Holy Spirit within us. It is to know and realize that we are still vulnerable to sin as long as we live within this earthly realm. So when we find ourselves lacking in self-control and stumble over sins like those listed here and elsewhere in the Bible. Is that we strive to note that we are slipping and do our best with the help of God through prayer that we stop indulging in any and all things that are considered sinful in the eyes of God.
I reiterate that it is made clear as to why we are to seek to have the self-control to end sin. For those that live in sin will not be welcome in Heaven.
As prove of this we are given a list of the fruits of the Holy Ghost:
Verses 22 – 23 -But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Again we are exhorted to live in the Holy Spirit whose fruit we just read about. If we do not see these more in our lives than we see the sins. Then we need to do some self-reflection.
This chapter ends adding three more sins. These are those sins as shown in the KJV:
Desirous of vain glory, provoking one another and being envious of one another.
*Desirous of vain glory – G2755 – kenodoxos – self-conceited
- Self-conceited – having an excessive sense of one’s own importance, abilities, and value
*Provoking – G4292 – prolaleomai – to call forth to oneself (challenge), i.e. (by implication) to irritate
- Irritate – to make someone angry or annoyed
*Envying – G5354 – phthoneo – to be jealous of
Now these last three sins that are shown are very telling when you look out into the world we now live in. Many people have an attitude of self-importance. Many are jealous of what others have and so they seek after it, to the point of irritation or worse. That is something we all must individually think upon and even pray upon in many cases.
However, let us end today’s message with what that is within us if we are filled with the Holy Ghost.
Love not only for our fellow Christians but for all of humanity. Happiness with what we have and who is in our lives. Peace in our hearts, which results in no anger towards others. Patience to not allow ourselves to become angry or envious, but to approach those that are this way in a way that disarms them and opens their hearts to the Truth. Kindness to those in need of comfort. Goodness in every aspect of our lives. Faithfulness not only to God but to those that we ask to apart of our lives. Which allows us to be gentle to all. And above all is the ability to have control over our own bodies and not be tempted by or into sin.
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Welcome again to another broadcast. This is Dreamwalker1960. Before I get started. I would like to encourage any of you out there listening to click on the “follow” button on which ever platform you are using to listen to these podcasts .
As you may have noted I didn’t entitle this podcast light verses darkness. Per verses within the Bible I should but I can’t.
What are these verses to start with?
James: 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
Those who seek to live a righteous life will seek to not only be the light but to live within the light.
Ephesians 5:1-14 – Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. 3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible……
These verses when read in the KJV bring to mind the parable of the ten virgins. Within it, it states that all those that were wise and foolish became tired as they waited for the bridegroom to come. They all fell asleep. There is also the implication that this is also due to it becoming dark. For the bridegroom came at midnight, which is the darkest time of the night.
So all allowed darkness to overwhelm them to some degree, because they permitted themselves to get distracted, to tire and then to slumber. It is clear due to the mentioning of the oil that all the virgins are those that have become saved and were blessed to receive the Holy Spirit. For the oil is described throughout the Bible as an anointing. So this parable is describing those that are the brides of Christ.
The implication is that His return would be so long in the waiting that darkness would descend upon the realm of humanity, until it reaches its darkness point, at which time Christ would return.
We are in this dark period now. How close to midnight we are in some sense can be seen by those that are watching and listening. These verses we have just read give us insight to a degree of those that live in the darkness. We can also judge by events that affect the body of Christ. As an example the removal of God from the American School systems. This has resulted in many in today’s world not even knowing what is written within the Bible itself. Nor do they have any understanding of who Jesus Christ is and why He went to the cross and then truly rose from the dead on the third day. They have been taught that this is all mythology. If you wish to explore this part of this message, please look to my previous broadcast “When a Myth is Not a Myth.”
As this nation, which I see as the last stronghold of the pure Christian faith, is besieged from outside and within. I see that we are quickly approaching midnight and we are in the darkness. It is now that we should be more prepared than ever to await for the call at midnight. It is now that we should shine the light of our lives upon the world. Exposing their evils as best we can. Understanding all the time the darkness will endure to the sorrow of millions.
Even though all the virgins were asleep in the parable that does not mean we are all to sleep now. For we are told to be vigilant. (1 Peter 5:8; Mark 13:33) You do this by having an active relationship with Christ. We must make an effort to remove those things that are seen as evil from our lives, and not to condone and accept them, as the verses of Ephesians makes clear. I will quote them again:
6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.
It is this condoning that is why we can without a doubt identify this time we are now in as the age of the lukewarm. Not only the excusing of sins in others but allowing this deficient attitude to permeate the body of Christ. From not separating ourselves from those who openly flaunt their sinful natures about us all. To not teaching our children the truth about Jesus Christ and why He became the ultimate sacrifice of all of humanity.
When reading Revelation we come to those standing before the throne of God. They are all dressed in white. Their number is uncountable. It also says these are those that came from the Tribulation. (Revelation 7:9-14)
Do you understand what that is saying?
It is saying that millions if not billions will turn to God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ DURING the Tribulation. Not before. During. Why? Because many of them fell asleep and didn’t have their oil ready. While the others will come to see the truth of God and come to know His Son who died for all of humanity that is willing to listen to His teachings within the Bible. The sad thing about this though is that they must be killed by those that reject God and His Son Jesus Christ.
Now once again I return to verse 5:10 of Ephesians, except this time we will explore it further with the KJV:
“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”
Proving – G1381 – dokimazo – to test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve, allow, discern, examine [Strong’s]
Acceptable – G2101 – euarestos – fully agreeable [Strong’s]
So this is calling upon the person that calls themselves a “Christian” to act. For them to use their knowledge of God’s plans and desires through the use of the Bible. To examine a situation or a person and conclude if it is right within the pretext of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
So we are to be attentive to the wishes of our Savior at all times. Not just when it is convenient. This brings to mind these verse from 1 Thessalonians
Chapter 5:14 – 23 – Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.
23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
These verse verify that we are to have an active part in our relationship with Jesus Christ. You can’t leave it all up to God. You must strive to help yourselves have a clean and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior.
For without our part in this relationship we are not the light. And without the light shining upon the darkness, it will spread and get ever darker as it is now.
Because most that call themselves “Christian” are not following these teachings. This is not me saying this. This is the world about us saying this. It is the riots saying this. It is those in power flaunting their positions over us, saying this. It is the closing down of churches saying this. It is those calling God and His Son myths saying this. It is those of the world laughing at those that call themselves “Christians,” saying this.
For if God were in the hearts of most of humanity it would reflect the teachings within the Bible. I lived in the days when this reflection did exist. When people treated others with tolerance, and not hatred. They gave the other person a chance. Violence was there, for evil can never be totally removed. But it was not the mainstay as it is now. The darkness is spreading. For only light comes from God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, and its evidence is diminishing. Which is saying we are approaching midnight. The Lord Jesus Christ is soon to return and all glory be unto Him. Hallelujah and Amen.
How Christians are to react to darkness in this ever darkening world we live in
This is Dreamwalker1960.
This is a fair warning. Today’s message is going to make many of those who listen uncomfortable, upset and even angry. I challenge those that get this way to stick through to the end.
Proverbs 13:24 – He who spares his rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early. (Amplified Bible classic)
I started this message with this Bible verse for a reason. Many are raising their children today without spanking them. As a result they become spoiled, selfish, arrogant and self-serving. However, this is not just about how a child is raised. This is about how the Bible is being taught to those that come into the buildings called “churches.”
Many go into these buildings and they are given a sugarcoated image of salvation. They are given teachings that make them happy and joyous. Then people on the dais say come down and kneel down here and ask Jesus into your heart and into your life. So they do come down and ask Jesus Christ into their hearts. Not realizing that they were just given a participation trophy.
What is worse of all is that Jesus does come into their lives. Jesus never turns His back upon any who ask for Him to come into their lives. Then people falter and fall away. People say, “Well then they were never truly saved.”
Those that say this, just called God a liar. God through His Son who died upon the cross for all never turns His back on any who ask for Him to come into their lives. So God and Jesus Christ are there for any and all. If they come to Him with a sincere heart He will answer and be there for them.
What is at fault is the sugarcoating. This sugarcoating coating is described in one major Christian sect as “once saved always saved.”
Now I wish to make this perfectly clear. Jesus Christ died for all humanity upon the cross. Christ suffered the whip which tore His skin to shreds and destroyed His muscles to the point that His ribcage was exposed. He bore all of this for all of us, even those that will never accept Him.
The ones that hurt Christ and His Father the most though are those that accept Him and then go about their lives as if Christ is not a part of it.
1 Corinthians 6:19 -20 – Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
A Few weeks back I had an encounter on my Facebook page, which I have established for this podcast. In this exchange the person showed that he only believed in the manmade doctrine of “once saved always saved.” He assumed that I did not read several verses that he offered up to show that this doctrine was the true way into heaven. I countered with the words of Jesus Christ Himself from John 15 verses 1-6.
He laughed at the words of Christ.
He laughed at God.
I often wondered why the Glorified Christ would spit out the lukewarm of Revelation 3:16. To be spit out gives a strong meaning as if it is so distasteful you almost feel like vomiting, so you spit it out as quickly as possible. I no longer speculate as to why anymore.
Why am I so harsh?
Because we are in the end times. We are in the last days and Christ is soon to return. There is no time for sugarcoating. It is time to take the bitter pill and swallow or perish.
Matthew 25:1 – 12 – “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids (or virgins) who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ 7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’”
The “Kingdom of Heaven” is those that have asked Jesus Christ to become their Savior. Christ due to His love for all of humanity accepts them. So those that accept Him become a part of the Bride which is the true church. They are washed clean and become as virgins to sin.
The oil is the Holy Spirit. We can only keep the Holy Spirit within us is if we honor our body which is a vessel for the Holy Ghost, as mentioned before. We can only honor it by keeping it clean. Free of sin thus a virgin.
Time and again we are told within the Bible to honor God, to not sin, to have self-control. All the letters that form the New Testament say this in some form or another after the book of Acts.
These letter are the instruction manuals for those that have turned their bodies into the property of God. They are the ways we are to treat that which belongs to God, who is the Holy of Holies. We are the vessel of the Holy Spirit.
Do you grasp the meaning of that?
Our bodies which are called corruptible. Have been turned into a holding tank for something that is incorruptible. However we are told we cannot be given an incorruptible body until we are called into the heavens to be with Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:53 – For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
If we are corruptible, which means immoral. How can we contain something that is moral, something that is pure, and something that is holy?
We are tasked through the New Testament to seek after holiness, also known as righteousness. We are told to gain self-control. We are instructed to turn away from sin.
Those that embrace the belief of “once saved always saved,” do not seek after self-control. They say: “I am good to go. I can do as I please because I have Jesus Christ in me.”
They believe they can curse and live in sin. They think they can live their lives as they deem is right. Never considering the will and desires of their Creator. Defiling the Holy Spirit within them.
1 Corinthians 3:16 -17 – Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Since we are corruptible. We must make an active effort to keep our temple clean and pure so it can hold the Holy Ghost within it. That is why when the foolish bridesmaids ask for the wise ones to share their oil. The wise ones reply there is only enough for themselves. For their filling of the Holy Ghost is exclusive to themselves and not to others. You cannot surrender unto others what is given unto you by God.
Now there will be those that challenge what I have said here. There will be those that again say that these people were not saved in the first place. There will be other that say and will still insist that they are saved and welcome to come into heaven. I am a servant to God. These are not my words. I am merely a messenger. A tool being manipulated by the Holy Ghost.
The implication within the parable of the ten virgins. Is that half of those that call themselves “Christian.” Those that belief they live a Christian life. Will find themselves still here upon the earth, when the trumpet blows calling the rest into the sky to meet Jesus Christ.
At the end of the parable Jesus say “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”
This is said by Christ earlier in Matthew.
Chapter 7 Verses 21 – 23 – Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
They prophesied, they cast out devils and they did wonderful works. (Mark 16:18; John 14:11-13) None of this is doable without the Holy Spirit being within the corruptible. Yet they allowed that which is corruptible to dominate and control, to diminish and extinguish that which is holy. As a result Christ denies them entry into heaven at the rapture saying “I know you not.” Or as shown here in chapter seven: “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Their oil is lacking. Their lamp has burned out. The Holy Ghost has left, because it cannot be in that which is sullied. The branch is broken off of the Vine that is Jesus Christ and is cast into the fire.
They were saved, they were a part of the Vine. You cannot be of the Vine if you are not saved.
John 15:4 – 6 – Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.
We are called to action here. We are tasked to keep Christ within us. We ae told to live a righteous life. To keep ourselves free of sin. For when we embrace sin we allow ourselves to wither become useless to Jesus Christ. So as is stated earlier in John 15 God Himself removes us from our salvation which is found within the Vine which is Jesus Christ.
So there is no such thing as “once saved always saved.” For as is shown in verse 6 those that do not remain within a righteous live is removed from Jesus Christ. As is shown in the KJV they are gathered up by men, otherwise known as the world. So they return to where they came from. The world of sin, which leads to the fire where they are burnt.
2 Peter 2:20 -22 – For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Listener warning: This most likely going to make some of you angry.
A tough message for a tough time
We take an in-depth look into Matthew 20:25-28
Welcome again to another Bible Study and I am Dreamwalker1960
In last week Podcast I mentioned Matthew 20:25-28. Due to the length of last week’s study I could not look deeper into those verses. So today that is what we will do.
Matthew 20:25-28 – “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.’”
In these verses two things are established. How those that are of the world rule over people, and how Christ wishes Christians to rule over themselves. When looking at those in places of power today we can see that many live in the former role and not the latter role. This tells us a lot, and is why this study is important to come to an understanding with.
First and foremost. These are the words of Jesus Christ Himself. He knows that this is how it will be from the way it is then to the way it is now. So people can say they are “Christian.” However, if they flaunt their authority and lord it over those that are under their influence then they are of the world and so cannot be called “Christian,” even if they say they are.
James 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
Now that we have established this line in the sand. We can now continue with this Bible study.
Let us go verse by verse in the KJV:
Verse 25 – But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
Exercise dominion – G2634 – katakyrieuo – to lord against, i.e. control, subjugate [Strong’s]
- Subjugate – to defeat people or a country and rule them in a way that allows them no freedom [Cambridge Dictionary]
Exercise authority – G2715 – katexousiazo – to have (wield) full privilege over [Strong’s]
- Privilege – an advantage that only one person or group of people has, usually because of their position or because they are rich
So those of the world because they are in a place of authority and are rich wish to rule over those they see as below them and to rule over them by taking away their freedoms. Because they see themselves as better than them for the mere fact they are rich and are in power. Does any of this sound familiar?
Verse 26 – But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Great – G3173 – megas – big [Strong’s]
Minister – G1249 – diakonos – an attendant, i.e. a waiter (at table or in other menial duties) [Strong’s]
Verse 27 – And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Chief – G4413 – protos – foremost (in time, place, order or importance) [Strong’s]
Servant – G1401 – doulos – a slave (literally or figuratively, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency) [Strong’s]
- Subserviency – Subordinate in capacity or function.
So those within a Christian based group or government that seek to lead must see themselves not as master or leader. They must see themselves has the servant to those they are place in over. The people’s needs come before their own wants or desires.
As has been previously established in the preceding podcasts we are in the era of the lukewarm church. Also, as shown in previous broadcasts we are in the latter part of this era. Which again brings us to 2 Timothy 3:1-5
1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
Now, when you combine verse 25 of Matthew 20 with these verses we can start to establish a clear image of those in places of power, be it in the government, news media and even entertainment, that conform to what is shown in these verses.
Jesus establishes a way for us to approach those that fit into this description. First and foremost, we are to turn away from these people from the world and to separate ourselves from them. This includes inviting them into your household upon the television screen and social media platforms. This also means that if it is within your power to make it possible to not allow them form attaining a place of power. In the United States of America that is called the election process. If they are in power, you vote them out of office. Or not allow them to get into office when there is evidence that they fit within those described in 2 Timothy 3.
Now since the mainstream media at this time does fit within the parameters for 2 Timothy. How are you to seek out a true image of who falls within these verses in the government and entertainment. You seek out alternate sources of information. I myself turn to YouTube. Where I have found multiple alternative sources. Also never accept anything anyone says without investigating it yourselves.
I have left behind most modern areas of entertainment. I do not partake of sports, or watch TV series or modern movies for the most part. Instead I watch movies that are decades old. I also read a lot. I am not here to influence what or how you watch, or who you vote for. Expect where the Bible itself says you are to do so. And yes the Bible does tell you how to vote or watch TV.
If you are to remove yourself form those that lord their power over you and act in ways listed in 2 Timothy 3. Then you should not vote or support any that fall into this category.
But here is your dilemma.
The main stream media (MSM), have shown themselves as something to turn away form as mentioned before in my series “the many faces of the selfish god.” So if they cannot be trust to give you the truth, that would imply that they lie. If they are liars then what are they lying about?
I leave that for you to figure out.
Understand this. All I am doing here is teaching the truth that is found within the Bible. There are those that are showing themselves to be of the world, and as Christians we are to not become involved with those that follow after the lusts for worldly wealth and power. For they are placing and seeking their treasures here upon the earth. Where we as Christians are told to establish our riches in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-21)
We as Christian do not live in and for the world but for God through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. So we must follow what the Bible say about such things as to who is to lead.
As shown in Matthew 20 if they are truly Christian they will act as a servant to the people. However, we cannot count upon that alone. We have to come to an understanding of important factors that can cause things to go per the plan of God. Plans that in turn allow certain leaders to come to power. (Daniel 4:17; Romans 13:1)
A prime example of this is Adolf Hitler. He truly qualified as the “lowliest of men.” However, God placed him in power over Germany. As a result World War II and the great Holocaust occurred. Nevertheless, a fulfillment of prophecy took place because he came to power. That was the return of the nation of Israel to the world of men. (Ezekiel 39:27)
Does this mean, if it is in our power to peacefully remove those that lead with the mentality of the world within them. We should do so? Most definitely. The one nation that undeniably has this ability is the United States of America. However since those of the world will do anything in their power to maintain control due to their lusts and desires we must be weary that they will lie and cheat to accomplish their wants. Then if they cannot get their way they will go to extremes to ensure that they will return to power if they are not removed in such a way that will prevent this from occurring.
Nevertheless, we must be willing as the children of God to accept what is, when it comes to situations like this. For God’s plan is beyond our understanding and the return of Jesus Christ is near.
Welcome again to another study of the Bible. I am Dreamwalker1960.
Today’s podcast will be longer than usual, but the message that is within it is very important to hear. So let’s get into it.
Today I wish to talk about something people have not heard described in this fashion. It is “forced righteousness.”
What is “forced righteousness?”
It is what most people have experienced in going to the buildings called “churches.” Especially those raised in a religious household. Please note I am using wording like “religious.”
This is one of the biggest problems with the relationship between God and humanity that is causing the creation of what is called the “lukewarm church,” or more appropriately the “apostate church.” Which explains why we are in the era of the lukewarm as defined in the letters to the seven churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
Let us define the word “apostate” so we can have a clear understanding of where I am going within today’s Bible study.
Apostate or apostasy is an act of refusing to continue to follow obey or recognize a religious faith per Merriam-Webster.
But what can cause this to take place?
The answer: Forced righteousness.
Forced righteousness occurs most commonly from the children of a religious household as I mentioned before.
Now again I say “religious.”
Why is this?
Being religious is an act of going through the motions and behavior associated with a religion. This religion can be of any type. From Buddhist, to Muslim, to Shinto, to Jewish, to Christian. A prime example can be seen in one of the oldest Christian based sects, the Catholic Church. Here we see ceremonies, rituals and actions that are repeated time and again. Now don’t get me wrong. There have been some great people that are truly Christian that have come from within the Catholic Church. It is the religiousness that is the issue, not the faith.
It is the religiosity of a religion that is causing forced righteousness.
People fall into a routine. Just going through the motions. Then they have children in most cases. These children are taken to church and indoctrinated to the rituals. Yet no one in most cases truly explains to them the reason why this is being done. They assume they will just come to know why they are going to church. Which is the act that Jesus Christ did for all that Passover day just under two thousand years ago. So, they slowly, due to being forced into a righteous existence, rebel against it, because they really don’t truly understand.
This is why it is so important when choosing a religious leader. If their children rebel and misbehave the Bible states this religious leader must be replaced if their rebellion can be traced back to this leader. Yet I hear of stories where this rarely if ever happens in today’s age. Why must they be replaced? Because if they are not teaching their children the true relationship between God and humanity, which in turn causes them to rebel against the religion. Then how can they be a good shepherd to a flock of church goers needing true guidance to God.
But back on the main topic.
Those that live in a religious household see how their parents live and act. They see the weakness of humanity. They see the sin that may enter into their homes, which creates doubt within the minds of these children. As they grow into adulthood, they question religion due to what they have witnessed firsthand from their role models.
The main issue is that a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is not something that can be addressed with religious behavior. It is a personal relationship with the Creator of all. However, how can they establish a relationship if all they have known, in their lives, is the rituals and motions of religiousness? Thus, when they are told that they must live a righteous life without sin. They have no true concept of how to truly live an active vibrant, yet righteous existence.
Why? Because no one truly explained to them about who God is. About who Jesus Christ is, and how He can affect their life and all of humanities lives by His willing sacrifice upon the cross.
All they know is forced righteousness.
They are told they must know this. They must do that. Never having anyone just sit down with them and explain why it is necessary why they are required to do these things.
They are not given the option or even the opportunity to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Yes, they are told of Him. Yes, they are given opportunities to accept Him. But has someone set them down and truly explained to them the torment and anguish Jesus experienced the moment He was arrested till the moment He died upon the cross? Did they describe to them the destruction to His back the whip caused, which was a major reason He was unable to carry His cross out of Jerusalem?
Many don’t even understand that it is not rituals that form the relationship for as the Bible states rituals without faith is death as witnessed in Matthew 6:5-15. However, it also states that faith without works is death, as explained in James 2:14-26. It is a combination of works and faith, not one or the other.
Works done with the true Holy Spirit do not include rituals. They are actions of faith. Like helping those in need. Trying to explain how messed up and unnecessary religious rituals are that causes a forced righteousness is an example of a work in faith.
Communion and the baptism in the name of Jesus Christ are the only ceremonies given to us by Jesus Christ. So they are all that is required in the realm of rituals.
Due to a forced righteousness many go through life saying they are Christian. Living a life, they believe is righteous, and in some cases this may be so. Yet when you look into their lives you see it rampant with sin, or lacking a crucial element, a relationship with Jesus Christ. They believe they are saved when they have not even genuinely sought out their Savior. They are living in an apostate life without even knowing they are.
Living in religion doesn’t make you holy. None can make this boast even those that know their Savior and do strive to have a righteous life. For all mess up and sin at some point in their life. It is this element that makes it hard to establish if you are living a life formed from forced righteousness or a true relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Being indoctrinated into a religion, thus making someone go through the motions of a religious lifestyle does not a Christian make. It makes them religious but not truly righteous. For true righteousness comes from faith and faith comes from knowing the existence of God and the belief there in. For living a religious life is like living in the Law of Moses, which we no longer need to do.
Romans 3:21-26 – But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He, Himself is fair and just, and He makes sinners right in His sight when they believe in and accept Jesus as their Savior.
It is this faith that is key to our ability to identify ourselves as “Christian.” Without this faith and in turn relationship with Jesus Christ and His Father our Creator a person cannot truly call themselves this title. Yet millions do call themselves this, yet they do not truly qualify for this designation. Because they lived their lives in a forced righteousness, thinking they are “Christian” when they are not truly so.
Is this fully their fault?
That is the dilemma. Each person has a different experience with their relationship or lack thereof with Jesus and His Father, God. For many that don’t have a relationship it goes back to having grown up in a household that professed to be religious. They grew to hate what they were seeing and being forced to do. So, they rebelled against this. Why? Because they perceived it to be authoritarian to some degree. In a religious environment that is very possible. However, that is not what is offered by Jesus Christ through believe in Him and His Father.
We are offered freedom. A freedom that was so crucial to people that a few hundred years ago hundreds then thousands fled the countries of their origin. To seek out a new world free of the doctrines and demands laid upon them by the churches and governments they left behind that were filled with forced righteousness. A freedom that was so important to them that when the parent nation they fled tried to impose restrictions upon them they revolted and started a new nation. A new nation with God’s ideals at the forefront. Ideals for this freedom, though not fully attainable for all at first, was their ultimate goal. For through their belief in God, again for the most part, is what inspired these people. Why?
Because they knew that for freedom to be achieved. There must be individual freedom to seek out God or not to seek out God, and not to be locked into a ridged system of rules and rituals. Which in time would become mandates and then laws.
However, due to forced righteousness this nation lost its way. Once causing a Civil War to occur to help return it to a course of freedom for all. Nevertheless, they never removed the forced righteousness, blinded by their own views and in some cases lusts and desire as well as greed. As a result, this mentality of not teaching their youth to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and through Him His Father. This nation faulted and pulled further and further away from whom they sought to honor and worship in the first place. Now due to not setting down with their children and causing them to come to understand the truth and reality of what took place upon the cross, they are in turmoil.
Due to forced righteousness they allowed people to come to a place of power that did not seek it out of duty but out of lust. For the Bible states that those that wish to lead must have a servant’s heart. (Matthew 20:25-28) Instead many in places of responsibility are there to control and dominate. Their hearts and souls never truly seeking to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ His Son and our Savior for they are of the world and not of God.
Because of forced righteousness “they will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly…….. (2 Timothy 3:5)
What is “forced righteous?”
You have to listen to find out