Not So Random Thoughts 12

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.

Spiritual judgments are severe because a person that is spiritually dead cannot understand a spiritual judgment. Spiritual judgments are severe because a person that is proud has spiritual blinders on. Spiritual judgments are severe because they deal with eternal things. Spiritual judgments are severe because a person can prosper in outward things and it can appear that all is well. Spiritual judgments are severe because a professing church can be growing in numbers and have a large building and have all sorts of outward religious things that appear successful and yet those things can be a spiritual judgment.

We also know that it is in Christ where all spiritual blessings are located (Ephesians 1). A spiritual judgment and spiritual blessings are opposite of each other. If all spiritual blessings are in Christ, then we can at least understand that all religious people who do not have Christ will have no access to spiritual blessings and all they do is outward religion. Interestingly enough, it is Christ who is the One who is the shining forth of the glory of God. It is Christ where God has revealed Himself in the clearest way. It is Christ alone who can reveal the Father by the Spirit. Spiritual judgment, then, includes blindness to the truth of God as revealed in Christ.

A group of people who do not have Christ will have no spiritual blessings regardless of how religious they are. A professing church can be given to evangelism and bus ministries and so many things and yet all they do is apart from a spiritual blessing. However, what we must see is that these people are also suppressing the truth of God in unrighteousness. These people will also be turned over to a darkened heart and mind. These people’s very religious activity is a judgment upon them. When God sends a judgment of spiritual judgment, people may indeed increase their religious activity, but that activity itself is a result of their spiritual judgment. When the passage in Amos 8 tells us that “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,” we can see that religious activity may increase during times of judgment.

It may appear that people do what they do out of pride, and indeed that is the truth, but they may also have the spiritual judgment of God upon them and so they give themselves to external religion which will never truly satisfy. We can also know that those given over to a spiritual judgment do not have a true knowledge of God and so their religion will not be based on the truth of who God is. When people do not have Christ and as such a true spiritual blessing, those people are being hardened and are under various degrees of spiritual judgment. There is no middle ground. A person is spiritually blessed or a person is spiritually judged.

The issue in Amos, however, was that of a national judgment. The issue in the USA that is of the greatest concern is an issue of a judgment upon the professing Church. As the nation of Israel was the people of God in the Old Testament, so now the Church is the people of God. When God sends a famine upon His people now, it will be upon the Church or the professing Church. The Israelites were judged harder because they had greater outward blessings. Will the professing Church also be judged harder because of its great blessings of having the Bible and the teachings of Christ? Where is God in all that is being done in His name?

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