Holiday Thoughts 9

Romans 1:15 So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH “.”

II Cor 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

1 Timothy 1:11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

2 Timothy 1:10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

John 16:20 “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.

John 15:24 “If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.

The world hated Christ once they saw His life and heard His teachings. This is why we must be so careful this time of year (December 25) as well as other times. The holiday periods are fraught with great danger because the world is caught up with the wrong idea of Christ and they will celebrate the birth of baby Jesus while at the same time they hate His true teachings about Himself, which is the very truth of God. False churches and seemingly the whole world will join in a celebration of the birth of baby Jesus, but that does not change their hatred for the true Christ and His true teachings. We must never forget that the world is at enmity toward the true God and they hate Him when they see the true Jesus. One cannot hate the Father without hating the true Jesus and one cannot hate the true Jesus without hating the true Father. This makes it so clear that the world has a false Christ in mind when they celebrate (to some degree and in some way) baby Jesus.

It is perhaps a terrible way of thinking in the minds of most, yet the Bible is quite clear that people hate God and they hate the Son He sent. The great celebrations that go on this time of year are really demonstrations of how willing people are to love some idea of the baby Jesus and yet just how much they hate the true Jesus. The world loves the things of the season as long as they are not confronted with the truth of God, yet it also appears that the professing Church (majority, if not vast majority) goes along with that. The Lord Jesus Christ cannot be worshiped in truth and spirit apart from a true worship of Him as Divine. A celebration of baby Jesus does not follow the truth in the slightest.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ has fallen to the side in our day and appears to be virtually unknown in most religious circles. Yes, that sounds arrogant, but that does not falsify the claim. Where is the true Gospel of God (a sovereign God at that) be found in our day? Where is the true doctrine of free-grace found? There are all forms and ways for people to preach and talk about grace and Christ without speaking of the biblical Christ and the true biblical grace. In the New Testament times the professing Church was plagued with Pharisees and then Judaizers. In the modern day there are all sorts of heresies that have virtually engulfed the professing Church and it seems as if the Gospel of the sovereign God in and through the true Christ has been hidden.

The practice of religion keeps on and the practice of holidays keep on, but the Gospel of our sovereign God is being hidden. The world rejoices today (December 25, 2016) and the professing Church rejoices today. Some, however, grieve at the state of the professing Church in a day such as this. May God grant us a sight of Himself shining forth in the true Christ and His true Gospel by His sovereign mercy and grace. There is no other Gospel and no other way. It could be said that all the attention on baby Jesus is one way that people are blinded and so they do “not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” If people do not behold the glory of God in Christ, they do not see the true Christ nor the true God. The ways of religion and tradition do a good job of hiding His glory.

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