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Some Things We Need To Know

           It is a very dangerous practice to be in the dark spiritually. Some blindly follow anyone who professes to be a religious leader. Many are offended at the truth of the gospel and want to hear a message that requires nothing of them. The Pharisees were often offended at the word of God. Jesus pointed out their hypocrisy stating, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’ ” (Matthew 15:7-9 NKJV). The disciples talked to Jesus and asked Him “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” (Matthew 15:12 NKJV). The scriptures tell us “But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.  Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:13-15). Jesus explained that it is the inner man, what is in the heart of man, that defiles him.

 

            Mankind needs to know, understand, that God is in control. Israel often forgot this fact.  They followed after false Gods, mocked and complained that His commands were too much to bear. God pronounced a curse on them stating, “And they that escape of you shall remember Me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from Me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations. And they shall know that I am the Lord, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them. Thus saith the Lord God; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! For they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence” (Ezekiel 6:9-11). Paul told Timothy that God would be true whether men believed Him or not (II Timothy 2:11-13).

 

            Paul asked the brethren at Corinth: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (I Corinthians 3:16-17). God’s children need to know that they must keep themselves pure, separate from the world. Paul told Timothy “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure” (I Timothy 5:22). Paul also told the brethren at Corinth “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (II Corinthians 6:17).

 

            Those who want to make heaven their home will have to submit themselves to God. In the letter to Rome the inspired writer stated, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). To the brethren at Corinth Paul wrote, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:9-11).

 

            Paul also asked the brethren at Corinth “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid!” (I Corinthians 6:15).  He continued the discussion stating, “What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's” (I Corinthians 6:16-20).

 

            At the end of his list of the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21) Paul concluded, “That they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:21).

 

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