Edward O’Hara Sun 3/22/2020 6:07 PM…
Have you ever heard something that as a Christian just shocked you? Even though you already knew there were some people that thought that way? Even though you thought you had heard it all before? There is something about the cavalier way things are said sometimes that just gives it that extra oomph of shock value. Well, that happened to me the other day. Though like I said I don’t know why it should. Because I have seen so often how so many have chosen the deception of the antichrist over the plain language of the Bible since Augustine brought it to the Roman Catholic religion. And Martin Luther and John Calvin brought it to her daughters the Protestants.
That’s why I’m asking the question, is there any scriptural foundation for the Christian to ever thank God for the death of an enemy? If so in over 40 years of Bible study I haven’t found it. Even under the Old Covenant where Israelites were saved by works + faith, as Jesus told the rich young ruler in Mt.19, Jesus told them “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him, that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him, that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same… Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
Does this sound like Jesus is teaching that the believer should rejoice in the death of those that they have deemed to be their enemies? This is why the comment shocked me that was written by someone who says they are a Christian at a website that purports itself as Christian. He said, “the covid-19 will kill a lot of the Deep State democrats and RINO. This is a good thing for Christians.” Adding that “I might add that this virus will take out a lot of the apostate leadership among Christians……Also a good thing.” When I hear people who say they are Christians saying things like this I know that it is likely that they have never come to true saving faith in Jesus.
Why do I say this? How can I know that? Because John says that when love does not characterize even the newest believer they show that His love is not in them. Which means they have either not met Him. Or that when they did they rejected Him for something or someone else. Because when the Holy Spirit comes into us He not only leads us and guides us into all truth, but all that He does in us is done through love by God’s love that is shed abroad in our hearts. This is something that happens from the very first moment we are saved. The kind of love that 1Cor.13 describes. A love that “suffereth long, and is kind; envieth not; vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
It is a kind of love that “never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” So all else will fail except love. Because God is love. This love will grow and mature as we live in our relationship with God. But, even from the very start the man who knows God’s love would not say such things. Because he no longer thinks such things.
So the question becomes, how is it that a person can be so deceived that they would think they know the Jesus of the Bible and have the Holy Spirit indwelling them, while at the same time they can rejoice in the death of someone because they do not love them? Isn’t this exactly how the world thinks? Isn’t this exactly what Jesus was referring to when He taught Israel that they are to even love their enemies? Of course, it is. So this wrong thinking does not come from knowing God. It is not the righteous anger we see from Jesus when He drove the moneychangers from the temple. It is not the love that we come to know that leads us to repentance. Do you think Jesus wanted those people dead that He drove from the temple? And that He would have rejoiced for their death? Of course not. He could have called down legions of angels to do so if that were the case. And He never would have said from the cross “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.
So this way of thinking does not come from the Holy Spirit in the new birth. It comes from a different place and a different god. In this case, it is from the god that promotes salvation by works. A god that is not the God of the Bible. But, instead is a false god. A god that is angry with mankind for his sin. A false god who teaches them that his anger at them must be appeased by the bloody torturous death of the innocent. A god-like the false god Molech who is nothing even remotely like the God of the Bible. This is how so many have come to believe that the only reason their god doesn’t vent His anger on us with torture and burning forever in the lake of fire is that they believe he poured His wrath he has toward us out on Jesus.
It is this foundational belief that has joined them to a false god whose perverted form of justice determines how he relates to everything. A justice that doles out punishment arbitrarily. On both the good and the bad. On both those who sin against him and those who do not. By making all men guilty for the sins of another. These have believed in a God that subordinates everything to its perverted form of justice. While the true God subordinates everything to His unconditional love. Because God is love.
What kind of justice is it when this happens? It is the perverted justice of Molech. It is not the justice of the true God. Because the justice of the true God is based in love. While Molech’s is based on anger and hatred. This is why those who follow this angry false god and it’s a perverted form of justice get angry and cut you off from them when they see they have been deceived. They can’t abide by that. There is no place for discussion. They just disfellowship you and that is that. Because the love of God is not in them. They have no compulsion to work things out in fellowship because their unBiblical notion of justice outweighs any sense of love. Because they have become as hard-hearted as the god they have believed in.
But, the justice of the true God is deliverance for those who are under death’s reign. A justice that reaches out to those in need so they can be filled with His love that delivers them from death’s reign. Not punishment for being there. The deliverance is possible because He became a man just like we are so He could join with men under death’s power. So that by His resurrection He could break its power over mankind making the way so we could have eternal life with Him. THIS IS THE ATONEMENT. Not some payment of a penalty that is required to appease God’s wrath. What a perversion of the love of God they make of it that call it appeasement. What an abomination.
In this, they not only pervert the love of God. But, they also pervert His justice. Because the God of the Bible is love. And His love is not subject to anything else. He loves with a pure love that is unconditional. No penalty for being bad has to be paid first for God to love us and save us. Because His salvation is based on His love, not a perversion of justice. His love manifested in salvation is justice. Because the justice of the true God is deliverance. His justice is not defined as someone getting what they deserve. We see this plainly in Judges2:16 where God says “Nevertheless the Lord raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.” So we see that God’s justice, and the whole reason God gave judges to Israel to do His justice, and Jesus came for the whole world, is for deliverance. Not for punishment.
This is why the mind that rejoices in the death of another man is a mind that has not been renewed with God’s love. A love that engenders love not only for those who love them but even for those who would make themselves their enemies. They who hate as this man does do not learn that hate from the true God. They learn to hate from the false god they have believed in. This is why they continue in the same mind they had before whatever kind of religious experience they might have had. A carnal mind that thinks like the world because it is a mind that is trained by the god of this world. A mind that is of the world and not of God. This is how a person can have the mind that could rejoice in the death of those they deem to be their enemies. Instead of loving them as Jesus’ love teaches them to. This is the carnal mind that is at enmity with God that Paul spoke of in Rom.8.
We must be followers of Paul even as he followed Christ. To do this we must first and foremost be filled with the love of God. Because it is the realization that God loves us that must be the reason we have come to Him for salvation. Because only by love does faith have the necessary soil in which it can flourish and produce salvation as Jesus pointed out in the parable of the sower. This is why Paul said, “faith works by love”. And that “it is the goodness of God that leads a man to repentance”. And why John said, “He that loveth not knoweth not God”.
Do you believe God loves you? He does. He proved it by coming and joining us in our death. Will you receive His love now so that you can be born of His Spirit so you too can inherit eternal life? The fleshly birth only prepares you for this natural world where death reigns. Will you too be born again by being born of His Spirit? So that as His child you will now have for your inheritance His kingdom that is eternal where there is no death?
If you are reading this God is calling you. He loves you and wants you to know Him. Because knowing Him is this eternal life that provides you with the spirit that makes you God’s child.John17:3. Because while all men are created by God, not all men are born of His Spirit so that they are children of God. It is only those who have come to know Him that is spiritual because knowing Him is to be born of His Spirit. So if you do not know Him, but have now believed that He is Lord and that He has raised from the dead to conquer death for you, then please take the time right now to talk to Him and confess to Jesus that He is Lord of your life. And believe that He has raised from the dead to conquer death for you. If you do believe in Him then tell Him something like this and you will have eternal life:
Dear Jesus, I believe you. Thank you for joining with me in death so that by conquering death by your resurrection I could join with you in eternal life. Thank you that you raised from the dead so that I could raise from the dead too by trusting in, clinging to, and relying solely on you. Thank you for giving me a new spirit now Lord so that I can live with you in your kingdom forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.
By praying a prayer similar to this one and really meaning it from your heart you have been saved from death to life. From sin to righteousness. And from wrath to peace with God. And now as you begin reading the Bible and believing what it plainly says it will begin to change the way you think and believe. Because when you trust in Jesus you leave the old life behind where you were only able to relate to and trust in what has been made. And now will be equipped for God’s kingdom because you are no longer only natural flesh and blood, but are a new creature made a spiritual being ready to inherit God’s spiritual kingdom. It is because of Jesus’ resurrection that He is the only WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. Because only Jesus has broken through the wall of death that the flesh and blood natural body can never get through. And only by the new birth are we made ready to receive the spiritual body that can go through the wall of death as Jesus’ did first so we could follow Him in the way He has prepared for us.
God Bless you in your new life in Christ.
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