Not So Random Thoughts 11

Matthew 22:29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 “But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB ‘? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.

Amos 8:11 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. 12 “People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find it.

The Bible is quite clear from the Old to the New Testaments. Spiritual judgments are severe and are the most severe judgments that God pours out on people. A spiritual famine is worse than a famine for bread or a thirst for water. In one sense hell is an eternal judgment where the body cannot find water or food and yet the soul cannot have what it craves either. When God withholds a hearing of the words of the Lord, no one can hear the word of the Lord. When the Lord does not show grace to sinners by opening their ears and eyes to understand the Scriptures, then there is no way for people to understand them.

Proud hearts may think that understanding comes by commentaries or extensive and extended study, but it does not. True and spiritual understanding comes as a gift of God and it comes by grace. God is under no obligation to open the eyes and ears of people in order to give them a spiritual understanding, but instead He does that as He pleases and He only does that by grace. But again, it is so hard for proud hearts to bow in submission to the Lord and look to His sovereign hand for all things and for all to come to them by grace alone. It goes against our proud hearts to think that we are so dependent upon God that we cannot obtain any spiritual understanding apart from His sovereign grace. It is far easier to spend time in study than it is to seek the Lord for a humble heart that He alone can give and for true understanding that is beyond our natural powers and abilities.

We can see from the words of Jesus that judgment was brought upon Israel and spiritual understanding was hidden from them as judgment:

Matthew 13:13 “Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 “In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, ‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;

What will happen to the professing Church if God sent this great judgment of holding back spiritual hearing upon it? The people will not know God. The people will not know Jesus. The people will not have spiritual food or spiritual drink and will not hear spiritual words because all of those things are Christ Himself. This means that the professing “Church” will follow the ways of the world in scholarship, in preaching or public speaking, and in how to get people in the buildings. This is precisely what is being done. There are programs galore and there are building programs followed by building programs. We are given over to all the things of the flesh that religious people follow. We will hear of sin as long as it is external and in our own power. We will hear of a god as long as that god is not sovereign and we can control that god. God has given the professing “Church” over and it is going on without God in this world and is blind to what it is doing. As long as people are coming and money is coming in and the building programs continue, we think things are okay. As long as people walk the aisle and make a profession followed by baptism, we think things are okay.

Could it be that all of the outward successes of the professing “Church” is really nothing but the judgment of God in blinding us? Could it be that these nice and glittering building that costs millions of dollars are nothing but a spiritual judgment of God upon us? Could it be that our programs and our evangelism programs that are bringing people in and filling our coffers are really signs of God’s judgment? Could it be that our prayer meetings and our “Christian” discipline are really signs of spiritual judgment? Could it be that all of our fancy conferences with professional speakers are signs of spiritual judgment? Until God sends men and women a spirit of brokenness and of a great humility we will not have the presence of God in truth. Until He brings us to a point were we are broken and we give up on our programs and on the things we can do in our own strength, we will go on in spiritual judgment. Until He brings us to a point where we mourn for all the glitter of modern religion, we will not see Him in His glory. People can fight over morals and the things of religion and culture but until God breaks them and brings them low, they are nothing but the externals of Christianity.

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