Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Slaves obey, but Sons shine!

You know who Jesus could not stand? It wasn't the adulterers, prostitutes, thieves, ignorants, outcasts, traitors of the land, or even the so-called 'friends of the world'... it was the most 'upright' people who kept telling people, one thing... obey! They heaped guilt and scorn rather then encouraging them to grow in Grace. Those who know they are totally forgiven, only they are victorious in Christ and over the world.

One of the little known gems hidden in the New Testament speaks of an amazing reality. But just prior to it, Peter enumerates a list of awesome qualities... virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. Yes, that is quite a list. But wait a minute, this isn't a naughty or nice check list as if God was Santa. In the very next verse, Peter throws a whammer (yes, I don't know if that's a word, but just go with it):

"For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins." 2 Pet 1:9

Is it me or did I just miss something? What's the Bible's answer to have those seven (hefty number) qualities? Is it striving, praying, reading, worshiping, serving, sacrificing, giving, or fasting? No and a thousand times no! It's simply REMEMBERING! 

Remembering what? Remembering that your sins are forgiven! They are cleansed, washed away, Psalm 51 is a done deal in Christ on your behalf! No matter what you have done, what you actually are doing right now, or even what you will do in the future... you are clean! I didn't say so, not even Peter or Paul. Jesus declared you clean. He said so, while His hands were pierced, His body broken and bleeding, His breathing halting precariously, His mouth totally parched, on top of a small mountain called 'the hill of the skull'. Even heaven was darkened over His head that day. 

All that happened for one reason... to make you clean. You are now clean! 

In the end, slaves do they what they know... they merely obey. But the Sons, well they just are. They shine!

By David Roiel
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