“It’s Just a Little Hate” 10/25/2013

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1 John 3:15…  Whoeverhates his brother is amurderer, and youknow that nomurderer has eternallife abiding in him.  (NKJV)

 

WOW !!  This is one of those pieces of scripture we spoke about the other morning in our men’s’ Bible study in 1 John 3, which I believe God had the apostle John write, to open the eyes, and cut right to the very core of the soul of those that don’t yet know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior…

 

Make no mistake about it !!  The word of God is living and powerful!!  These aren’t my words…  These are the exact words the writer of Hebrews used to describe the Bible, in all of its glorious truth…

 

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom wemust giveaccount.  (NKJV)

 

Today’s writing is for all of you who still believe that you are going to heaven because you are a good person…  You believe that God loves all of us…and just because you have not murdered anyone…and you are a relatively good person…and there aren’t many people you hate…that you should be looked upon by God as worthy to enter into the gates of heaven when you pass on from this lifetime…

 

Friends, I am here to tell you what God through His inerrant Word, the Bible, has to teach us…out of my love and concern for people with this false kind of thinking…  These could be  people who base their beliefs on what God requires for entrance into His heavenly kingdom, on tradition…on what is falsely taught in many churches today…and any other false misinformation that they have believed to be the truth…without really opening God’s Word to reveal the only place one can read the truth that must be understood, to be set free from Satan’s chains of bondage to sin and shame…

 

The apostle John records Jesus speaking about this “divine truth” that will be revealed by the Holy Spirit, to those God has graced with the gift of salvation, through saving faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9)…  Jesus preaches about this truth, in… John 8:32“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (NKJV)  (See P.S. at the end for more on God’s grace)

 

Hate is a very destructive sin that has no place (NONE)…in the life of a Christian who has been called by Jesus Himself, to love even our enemy…  This new teaching by Jesus goes against the Old Testament teaching of “an eye for an eye” and “a tooth for a tooth”, found in…Exodus 21:24Leviticus 24:20…&…Deuteronomy 19:21

 

Jesus boils all of the laws from the Old Testament, down to just His 2 greatest commandments…that are found in…Matthew 22:36-40…   They are all about loving the Lord with ALL of our heart…ALL of our soul…and ALL of our mind…  And Jesus’ second greatest commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself”…  Here is the link for this important scripture…  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat22%3A36-40%2C%20&version=NKJV;KJV

 

Jesus replaces hate with love, when He teaches this, in His “Sermon on the Mount” preaching found in Matthew 5, 6, and 7…Matthew 5:43-44You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighborandhate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully useyou and persecute you,” (NKJV)

 

We see that the apostle John equates hate to murder in the opening scripture…  Any sin in God’s eyes, no matter how seemingly insignificant…will separate an unredeemed sinner from eternal life in heaven…  God hates all sin of any kind…  We see the apostle James put this in another way, in…James 2:10For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yetstumble in onepoint,he is guiltyofall.  (NKJV)

 

Friends, unless you can live a life without sinning, you are guilty before God…to whom wemust giveaccount, and as the writer of Hebrews pens above…Since this is impossible (except for Jesus who knew no sin)…we are all guilty before God…Romans 3:23for all have sinned and fallshort of the glory of God,  (NKJV)

 

The message of the cross, which is foolishness to those who are perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18), is that Jesus died a substitutionary death to atone for the sins of those who seek Him through saving faith, after they have first been drawn in by God…John 6:44…  This is God’s pure gift of grace through saving faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), not because of self-righteous works done in the name of the Lord…Galatians 2:16

 

It is Christ’s righteousness that is imputed into the unredeemed sinner, who responds to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…as their sins are cleansed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ at the cross…Philippians 3:9…  and be found in Him,not having myown righteousness, which is from the law, butthat which is throughfaith in Christ, the righteousness which is fromGod by faith;  (NKJV)

 

Please don’t be misled by any teaching that one can earn their way into heaven by any self-righteous works done in the name of the Lord, like attending church every week…  I spent 3 days writing about this false belief that Jesus warns us about in…Matthew 7:21-23…  Here is the link for these 3 days of writing… https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/biblical-teaching-of-works-based-salvation/

 

Heavenly Father, I pray that Your Word would open the eyes of those in need of seeing the truth You want all people to know and understand…  I pray Lord, that You would shed enough light into darkened hearts, for those in need of Your saving grace to realize that they can in no way save themselves from destruction…  I pray Lord that upon first being drawn in by You, that hearts and lives would be changed by You for an eternity…  I pray for this filling of Christ in all of our lives, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

 

Blessings in Christ,  bruce r mills

 

P.S. Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, after first being drawn in by God…John 6:44…   https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/gods-group-thoughts-for-7112013-the-truth-about-sin/

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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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